Weekly Notes – 27th Sept 2021

Results: A busy weekend of events with a highlight of two silver medals achieved by Longford athletes at the Community Games National finals in Carlow. Emma Brennan in the Under 14 800m and Funmi Talabi in the Under 16 100m each secured a podium spot, and both were unlucky not to win gold for their brilliant efforts with extremely close finishes. El’Nathan Okah placed fourth in the Under 10 200m.

Michael O’Hara was third in the Breffni Challenge Half Marathon with Enda Coffey and Seamus Murtagh not far behind whilst Little Athletics coach Edel Brady ran well in the 10k. Edel Mooney finished seventh in the womens race at the Mullingar Half Marathon in 1:30. Gary Brady and John Farrell put in good runs too. Little Athletics coach Maureen Fallon also completed the distance for the Virtual Longford Half Marathon on the roads of Longford. John Scott ran strongly at the Tralee Marathon in 3:29 and even had to complete an extra mile due to a marshalling error. Ciarán Madden finished an excellent third place at the Triathlon Ireland Olympic Distance race in Westport which included a 10km run in 35:33. Evan Radavicius covered some 46km at the Eco Trail Race in the Wicklow Mountains.

The Be Active Night
The Be Active Night 5km glow run and walk was held on Saturday in association with Longford Sports Partnership. An enjoyable event with participants of all ages looking great in different fluorescent attire to illuminate the Canal loop of a mild late-September evening. Several club members took part with plenty of good runs particularly from Daniel Higgins as first boy and Ciara Crossan as first girl. Colin Beades and Little Athletics coach Sharon Foley were the club’s first senior man and woman home.

Schools Cross Country
The Co. Longford Primary Schools Cross Country takes place at Moyne CS on Sunday, 10 October. Registration will begin at 3pm and the first race starts at 4pm. The distances are 1000m for third and fourth classes and 1200m for fifth and sixth classes. There will also be a race for Secondary school children who are preparing for the Connacht clubs. Entry is €3 per child.

Cross Country Fixtures
Other upcoming cross-country events: 23 October – Connacht Primary Schools, Senior League – Sligo venue. 31 October – Connacht Even Ages, Junior, Senior League – Mayo venue. 7 November – Connacht Uneven Ages, Senior League – Galway venue.

Fit 4 Life / C25K
Fit 4 Life and Couch To 5k continues on Tuesdays at 8pm at the Mall. All welcome. Email longfordac@gmail.com for more information.

Friday Athletics
In mid-October, changes will come into effect with the scheduling of Friday evening athletics at the Mall. Full details have been emailed to parents of registered members.