The All-Ireland Uneven Ages Cross-Country Championships took place in Gowran, Co. Kilkenny on Sunday with Emma Brennan and Rachel Keenan competing having qualified from Connacht. Both ran very well, running one year up in age category, in the Under 15 3500m with both placing in the top half of the 160 finishers. Well done girls who have had a busy few weeks racing of late and were part of the bronze medal winning U14 team at the Community Games cross country relay in Navan the previous weekend.
On the roads, Ciarán Madden set a new personal best for the distance at the Jingle Bells 5k in the Phoenix Park on Saturday. In a high-quality race, he ran strongly for a time of 16:22 and a top 60 placing of over 1000 finishers.
The Annual General Meeting will take place in the main hall at St. Mel’s College this Saturday December 11 from 6pm. With the opening of our indoor facility in the New Year, 2022 will be a big year for Longford Athletics Club. All are welcome to attend the meeting. Guidelines regarding distancing and the wearing of face coverings will be adhered to.
A couple of local road races have been confirmed for the festive period. Killasonna hosts a 5k and a 2k family fun run on St. Stephens Day at 12.30pm. The always enjoyable Ardagh 10 mile and 5k will be on January 2 at 1pm and it will also include a Primary Schools 1 mile run.
This Sunday, December 12, sees Dublin host the European Cross-Country Championships as many of Europe’s top distance runners will line up at Abbotstown. All seven races will be shown live on RTE2 from 10am onwards. Unfortunately, an achilles injury picked up in training rules out Cian McPhillips from competing in the Junior Men’s event. We wish Cian a speedy recovery and look forward to him returning to competition at the indoors in February.