Weekly News – 23rd December 2019

Happy Christmas: Wishing a very Happy Christmas to all our members and their families. We hope to see plenty of Longford AC representation at the road races, parkrun and junior parkrun taking place locally over the festive period!

Cian McPhillips competing at National Indoor Arena

Results Roundup: Nelvin Appiah kicked off the indoor season at the Baseline event in AIT on December 11th. He came 5th in the 60m in a time of 7.22 and followed that up with a time of 17.10 in the rarely run 150m. At the NIA Live event in Abbotstown on December 17th, Sarah McPhillips was first in the girls U16 60m in 8.43 and later finished third in the U16 200m. Cian McPhillips finished first in the men’s 1000m in a superb 2:24.13. This is the fastest indoor 1000m by any Irish athlete in 2019 and places Cian in tenth place in the all-time senior Irish rankings. Well done to all three on such strong runs to open the indoor season.

Registration: The 2020 registration evening takes place on Friday January 10th at 7pm in the Mall. The first session of the new year for both the juvenile and Little Athletics groups will be on Friday January 17th. Our Little Athletics programme is for all children aged 6-8 and focuses on introducing the fundamentals of athletic movement in a fun, exciting and non-competitive environment. All registration fees for the year ahead must be paid for in order to participate in the sessions. A pre-registration form will be made available over the Christmas/New Year period for parents to complete on behalf of their child. The link to this form will be posted onto our website and Facebook page. Completing this form in advance of January 10th will greatly help speed up the registration process.

Senior Registration: The seniors registration evening also takes place on January 10th in the Mall. An application form must be completed in advance of registering by existing senior members and those interested in joining as senior members. All new or existing members who wish to avail of the ‘Good for Age’ entry at the 2020 Dublin Marathon must be registered and have their monies paid to either Michael O’Hara or Colman Reilly by 1st January. The senior members registration fee for the year remains at €30.

The link to the senior member’s form is:

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdoOtOYTkBNzceE1GDayYp_TpP37XyGwO5vAqi2kermEZqt5A/viewform

New Members: 2020 promises to be an exciting year for Longford Athletics Club. The performances of our juvenile and senior athletes in recent times on a national and international scale shows the great athletic talent within the county. We are always looking for new members and now is a great time to consider joining the club. Avail of top class coaching, have fun and benefit from training in a group environment. Come along to our registration evening for more information.

Fundraiser Raffle: We will continue our efforts to raise funds for our proposed indoor athletic facility at events over the festive period. Our raffle tickets make for a great Christmas present for family, friends or staff plus you are helping fund a great local cause. Be in with a chance to win the €20,000 first prize! Thank you to all individuals and businesses who have purchased tickets to date. The draw will take place in the New Year. Tickets are available from club members and can be purchased on our website www.longfordac.com. Also, many thanks to all who gave up their time to sell tickets at the Shopping Centre last Wednesday.

Upcoming Road Races: December 25th – MS Christmas Day Run (Newtowncashel to Lanesborough) at 12.15pm. December 26th – Shane Brennan 5k, Newtownforbes at 1pm. December 28th – Ardagh 10 mile and 5k at 1pm.