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Weekly Notes – 6th May 2024

Primary School Relays
The 10th annual Co. Longford Primary School Relays took place last Friday at a new venue for the event in St. Mel’s College. It was a super evening of racing despite the damp conditions. Twelve relay races of 4 x 200m were held as well as ten 200m races for children not on a relay team.

17 national schools were represented with children from 2nd – 6th classes: Ardagh, Ballinalee, Ballymahon, Bunlahy, Colmcille, Dromard, Drumlish, Edgeworthstown, Glen, Killasonna, Killeen, Killoe, Melview, Mullinalaghta, Newtownforbes, Tashinny and St. Joseph’s Longford.

Well done to the girls and boys who ran and provided a great evening’s athletics and thanks to the schools and parents for organising entries. Medal winners are listed on the Longford AC website.

Many thanks to the club coaches, committee, parents and juvenile club members for helping with the staging of an event that had almost 500 participants. Our thanks to St. Mel’s College for the use of their grounds and to the Civil Defence for their assistance on the evening.

Congratulations to Scoil Mhuire, Newtownforbes on retaining the Ray Flynn Trophy for the best performing school in the relays. Melview placed as runners-up just ahead of St. Mary’s Drumlish in third.

Results Roundup
Longford AC was represented on the far side of the world by Ciaran Madden at the Sydney Half Marathon on Sunday. An excellent personal best time of 1:18 for a top 50 finish for Ciaran out of over 15,000 participants.

At the Great Limerick Run, John Scott completed his third marathon of the year in 2:54 in very humid conditions finishing in the top 25. Zoran Salopek and Patryk Prusak took on the half marathon distance with both performing well.

Sisters Molly and Robin Óg Murphy made the trip south to the Kilkenny Racewalking Grand Prix in Pink Rock on Sunday. Both girls did great with Molly taking in her first race walk event for the U12 1km. Robin Óg placed second in the girls Under-18 5km with 26:07. A really strong performance and personal best by Robin Óg who edged ever closer to the qualifying standard for July’s European U18 Championships.