Making a welcome return on Sunday, the Abbott Longford Marathon again attracted a good entry with participants travelling from far and wide. Many club members also lined up taking in distances ranging from 5k to the Marathon and well done to all.
Colin Beades and John Scott both recorded top-10 finishes over the 26.2 miles with 2:56 with Colin first local man home and sixth overall. Anne Brady paced it well for 3:42 to be the seventh place lady and first Longford runner. Barry Sheil and Paddy Sharkey made the podium in the half marathon with Barry first in 1:11 and Paddy third with 1:13. In the 5k, Ben Quinn took the win in 17:55 just ahead of Ross Gannon in a close finish. Another superb run by young Rian McCaffrey for fourth place in 18:08.
Many thanks to all involved with the staging of the event at what was another great Longford Marathon. We look forward to it’s 20th edition next year.
Trail Run Series
Newcastle Woods was the setting for the final evening of the Trail Run Series on Wednesday last. Another pleasant evening for running with good entry numbers. Thanks to all that helped out with the organising of the series during August.
Ray Flynn Mile
The next local race will be the Ray Flynn Mile on Wednesday September 21 at 7pm. Ray will be present on the evening and online registration is open at the Pop Up Races website.
Royal Canal Camino Walk
The Royal Canal Camino Walk takes place on Saturday October 1. The 38-kilometre route commences at Abbeyshrule finishing beside St. Mel’s Cathedral. Coach transfer before the walk will bring participants from the event HQ at St. Mel’s College to the starting point. The walk is a fundraiser for the completion of our new indoor athletics centre at the College. Full details at www.royalcanalcamino.ie
Juvenile and Little Athletics returns in September. Information has been sent by email to parents of club members. A waitlist is in place for interested new members.
Cross Country Fixtures
September 24: Co Longford Schools – Moyne CS.
October 22: Connacht Primary Schools and Senior – Moyne CS.
November 6: Connacht Even Ages and Senior – Leitrim.
November 13: Connacht Uneven Ages and Senior – Roscommon.
November 20: All-Ireland Even Ages and Senior – Donegal.
December 4: All-Ireland Uneven Ages and Novice.