The 9th Co. Longford Primary School Relays took place in Newtownforbes on 21 April with a bumper evening of racing action at Allen Park. Thirteen relay races of 4 x 200m took place as well as ten 200m races for children not on a relay team.
A record 19 national schools were represented with school children from 2nd – 6th classes:
Colmcille; St. Patrick’s, Killeen; Stonepark; St. Matthew’s, Ballymahon; Melview; Scoil Samhthann, Ballinalee; Scoil Mhuire, Newtownforbes; St. Guasacht’s, Bunlahy; St. Teresa’s, Killoe; St. Columba’s, Mullinalaghta; St. Mel’s, Ardagh; St. Mary’s, Edgeworthstown; St. Mary’s, Drumlish; St. Mary’s, Newtowncashel; St. Patrick’s, Dromard; Scoil Bhríde, Glen; Scoil Mhuire, Clondra; Tashinny and St. Joseph’s Longford.
Well done to the girls and boys who ran and provided a great evening’s athletics and thanks to the schools and parents for organising entries for registration.
Congratulations to Scoil Mhuire, Newtownforbes on winning the Ray Flynn trophy for the best performing school with St. Mary’s, Edgeworthstown the runners-up and Melview in third place.
Many thanks to the club coaches, committee and teenage juvenile members for helping with the staging of an event that had over 550 participants. Our thanks also to Clonguish GAA for the use of their grounds and to the Civil Defence for their assistance on the evening.
Ray Flynn Trophy – top 5 schools:
1. Newtownforbes 22 points
2. Edgeworthstown 19
3. Melview 16
4. Drumlish 13
5. Killoe 9
^ 5 points awarded for first place, 3 points for second place and 1 point for third place in the larger school races.
^^ Points were awarded to only one team from a school in any given race with the next best placed school awarded one point where applicable
Subs Races Results – 200 metres
2nd Class Girls
1. Lucy Corr, Newtownforbes; 2. Ashlee Brady, Colmcille; 3. Holly Whitney, Colmcille
2nd Class Boys
1. Oran O’Neill, Ballinalee; 2. Ollie Hanlon, Mullinalaghta; 3. Serjay Julius, Ballymahon
3rd Class Girls
1. Victoria Reilly, Ballinalee; 2. Belle Linn, Killoe; 3. Evelyn Blessington, Bunlahy
3rd Class Boys
1. Jamie McCaffrey, Ardagh; 2. Lorcan Tracey, Edgeworthstown; 3. Mark Reilly, Ballinalee
4th Class Girls
1. Julie Taitt, St. Josephs Longford; 2. Rachel Reilly, Ballinalee; 3. Anna Mulleady, Drumlish
A mention to Shauna Mahon of Newtownforbes who deservedly received a warm reception from all in attendance as she completed the 200m. Well done Shauna.
4th Class Boys
1. Mack O’Neill, Ardagh; 2. Tiernan Farrell, Ardagh; 3. Stephen Cox, Clondra
5th Class Girls
1. Arya Deko, Ballymahon; 2. Ali Reilly, Ballymahon; 3. Lola Galvin, Killoe & Rachel Rafferty, Melview
5th Class Boys
1. El’Nathan Okoh, Stonepark; 2. Ben Donlon, Ballymahon; 3. Lukas Boksay, Edgeworthstown
6th Class Girls
1. Leah Waters, Drumlish; 2. Clodagh Geelan, Edgeworthstown; 3. Emmanuela, Edgeworthstown
6th Class Boys
1. Daniel Higgins, Bunlahy; 2. Luke Morgan, Edgeworthstown; 3. Tyrese Wenman, Edgeworthstown
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