It was a great honour for the club to have been recognised by Cathaoirleach Micheal Carrigy and Longford County Council at a civic reception held in St. Mel’s College on Friday evening last. 2019 marked 50 years since the founding of our club and this milestone was acknowledged at the event. Many of those who were instrumental in keeping the club going over the decades were present as well as many of our current juvenile and senior athletes / committee. As part of the evening, three of our athletes were among those who each received a Longford County Council Sports Bursary to recognise their achievements during the year. Congratulations to Yemi Talabi, Cian McPhillips and Nelvin Appiah. Thanks to the County Council and Longford Sports Partnership for a great evening and well done to all those honoured on the night for their sporting successes as well as all the bursary recipients.
North West Indoor Games
The 5th annual North West Indoor Games, for athletes aged 10 and over, takes place on Saturday December 28th at the AIT Indoor Arena. All clubs in Connacht have been invited to take part. Visit www.longfordac.com for full details. All entries to firstname.lastname@example.org by Thursday 12th December at 9pm.
Little Athletics & Juvenile Athletics
Following a break last week, Juvenile Athletics returns this Friday evening December 13th at 7pm at the Mall. Little Athletics continues as usual at 7pm on Friday in the Mall gymnasium.
Our AGM took place on Sunday December 1st. The committee of elected officers for 2020 is: Chairman: Donal Mulligan, Vice-Chairman: John Fitzpatrick, Secretary: Edel Nolan, Assistant Secretary: Anne Brady, Treasurer: Barry Sheil, Assistant Treasurer: Michael O’Hara, PRO (Juveniles): Paul Grealy, PRO (Seniors): Barry Sheil, Assistant PRO: Leslie Finnan, Registrar: Colman Reilly, Children’s Officers: Sinead Creegan & Sean Crossan. Thank you to the outgoing members of the committee for all their hard work over the past number of years.
The club is very grateful to all who supported our fundraiser on Saturday last at the Shopping Centre for our draw to raise funds for our proposed indoor facility. Thank you to all individuals and businesses who have purchased tickets to date. We will continue our fundraising efforts ahead of the draw which 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 on Saturday.
Registration / New Members
2020 promises to be an exciting year for Longford Athletics Club. The performances of our junior 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. Our registration evening for existing and new members will take place in the Mall at 7pm on Friday, January 10th. Further details in next week’s notes.
Sinead and Niall Nolan swapped the wintry Longford weather for blue skies to run at the Lanzarote Half Marathon on Saturday last. Well done to both on great runs and congratulations to Sinead whose time of 1:37 earned her third place in her age category. Here’s hoping for some Lanzarote-type warmth to make its way to Newtownforbes for the 5k race on December 26th!