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Weekly News – 13th January 2020

Club Awards: Our annual club awards will take place this Sunday January 19th at 4.30pm in the Longford Arms Hotel. The achievements of our juvenile and senior athletes in 2019 will be recognised as well as some other special presentations being made. We welcome all our club members and their parents to join us for this event. Refreshments will be served.

Training: The first session of 2020 for the Juvenile and Little Athletics groups will be on Friday January 17th at 7pm in the Mall. Training for our juveniles is held outside on the astro pitch with Little Athletics taking place in the sports hall. As the Connacht Indoor Track and Field Championships are fast approaching on February 22nd / 23rd, it is important that all competing juvenile members (born in or before 2009) attend training on Friday. Details of the upcoming training sessions at the indoor track in Athlone IT will be given at Friday’s training in the Mall.

Couch to 5k: Begin the new year with the Longford AC ‘Couch to 5k’ six-week initiative. Walkers, joggers and runners are all welcome. An information briefing will take place in the Longford Arms Hotel on January 19th at 4pm. The programme will be based out of two separate locations – Longford town (The Mall) and North Longford (Moyne Community School). Sessions at the Mall start on Monday January 20th at 7.30pm. The first session in Moyne will also be on January 20th starting at 9.30am. Registration will be available at the Longford Arms Hotel on January 19th or at either of the first sessions. Full details can be found on our website and Facebook page. Our club coach will conduct the sessions providing support and advice to help all participants in the lead up to the Longford 5k on March 1st.

Senior Members: The Tuesday evening coached sessions have re-commenced after the break and consist of 10 minutes warm up followed by a 30-40 minutes intervals workout finishing with a warm down. The session begins at 7pm at the Mall. This training is adapted to suit all levels of fitness. On Thursdays at 7pm at the Mall, the group run 5-7 miles at a comfortable pace. On Saturday morning, the group meet at the Mall at 8am for a longer run of 10+ miles. New members welcome. Club senior membership for the year remains at €30. Avail of top class coaching, have fun and benefit from training in a group environment.

Fundraiser Raffle: Thank you to all individuals and businesses who have purchased tickets so far for the draw to raise funds for our proposed indoor facility. Tickets are still available from club members and can be purchased on our website Be in with a chance to win the €20,000 first prize! The details of the draw’s date will be announced soon. Many thanks to all those who gave up their time to sell tickets at our stand last weekend.

2020 Road Race: The annual Longford 5km/10km road race will take place on Sunday March 1st. The course will be the same as previous years. Registration will take place that morning in the Scouts Den building beside the Mall. Online pre-entry at a reduced rate is now available on Pop Up Races. The 5k includes a junior under 16 race and the 5k is also open to walkers. There will be cash prizes in the usual categories in the adult races with trophies on offer for the leading under 16 finishers. This year we’ve added a 2km run for Primary School children and this will take place solely in the grounds of the Mall. There will be a medal for all finishers in each distance. More information can be found on our website and Facebook page.