Weekly News – 10th February 2020

Millrose Games: Nelvin Appiah and Cian McPhillips jetted to New York last week to compete at Saturday’s Millrose Games. Cian ran in the New Balance Boys Mile – a race which features the top high-school runners from across the United States. He ran a terrific tactical race to take victory in 4:10.95. It really was a wonderful performance. Footage of the race can be viewed on the Longford AC Facebook page.

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Nelvin competed in the Jane & Gary Muhrcke Invitational 60 metres. He was unfortunate to have some bad luck which hindered his performance however he certainly gained great experience travelling to and competing at such a prestigious event.

Results Roundup: Yemi Talabi competed in the 60m at the AAI Indoor Games in Abbotstown on Sunday. She followed an earlier 7.59 seconds in her first run with a new personal best of 7.52 later in the afternoon. Best of luck to Yemi in the Long Jump at the Grand Prix meet in Athlone on February 12th. This is the first time a Longford AC athlete will compete in senior competition at the AIT Grand Prix.

Kate Hagan put in a strong performance at the National Juvenile B cross country in Wicklow on Saturday. She finished in 9th place in the under 17 3000m on a testing hilly course.

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Kate following her medal winning performance at the National Juvenile B cross country

Also on Saturday, John Farrell travelled to Donadea Forest in Kildare to run in the National 50k championships. Despite a knee injury, John put in a great show of strength and endurance to finish completing his tenth ever marathon in the process. Well done to all.

Training: The second club training session in Athlone IT will take place on Sunday February 16th from 3.30pm – 5.30pm. Cost is €3 per child. Attendance is essential for any child competing on a relay team in the upcoming Connacht Indoors. Juvenile training and Little Athletics continue in the Mall this Friday February 14th at 7pm. Due to the mid-term break, there will be no training on February 21st. Senior training is on Tuesday evenings beginning at 7pm at the Mall. Full details of senior training on our website.

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Some of our juveniles who trained at AIT last weekend.

Connacht Indoors – Juveniles: The 2020 championships at Athlone IT take place over two days. Saturday February 22nd is for ages U12-U13 only (Born 2009-2008). Day two on February 23rd is for athletes from U14-U19. Timetable and more details are posted on the club website and will be emailed to all taking part. Entry is now closed. 35 of our club juveniles will take part over the 2 days.

Connacht Indoors – Seniors: The events for senior athletes at the Connacht Indoors will take place on the evening of Saturday February 22nd at AIT. Events include sprints, hurdles, jumps, middle distance and technical events such as the shot putt. Any interested members, please email longfordac@gmail.com for entry by February 13th detailing the event(s). 

Couch to 5k: The programme continues at two separate locations – Longford town (The Mall) and North Longford (Moyne Community School). Walkers, joggers and runners are all welcome. Join us at the Mall on Mondays at 7.30pm and Saturdays at 8am. On Thursday mornings, our Operation Transformation Beginners run group meets at the Mall at 8am. Sessions in Moyne take place on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at 9.30am. The €30 per person fee includes full-year membership to Longford AC. Our club coach will conduct the sessions providing support and advice in the lead up to the Longford 5k on March 1st.

Fundraiser Raffle: The draw for our fundraiser will take place on March 6th. Full details in next week’s notes. Tickets are still available from club members and can be purchased on our website www.longfordac.com. Be in with a chance to win the €20,000 first prize!

Club Gear: Our new club gear is now available to purchase on the Masita online shop. Search ‘Longford AC’ on the Masita website for the full selection.

A selection of club gear now available to buy online.

Road Race: The annual Longford 5km/10km road race will take place on Sunday March 1st at 11am. The course remains the same taking in the lap(s) of the bypass finishing at the Mall. Registration available that morning in the Scouts Den building. Online pre-entry at a reduced rate is now open on Pop Up Races. A 2km Primary Schools fun run in the Mall will start at 10am with a prize for the school with the most participants. More information can be found on our Facebook page.