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01st Sep 2019

Olympic Gold Medalist Ray Flynn Will Be In Longford This Tuesday

Sarah Finnan

Join the people of Longford in running the Ray Flynn Mile this Tuesday September 3.

Introduced first as a tourism initiative by Longford Tourism Board, it has now been taken over by Longford Athletics’ Club as a tribute to one of Ireland’s greatest ever athletes.

Ray Flynn is the current holder of the Irish mile record, a title he has maintained for an impressive 37 years. The Longford native represented Ireland in the summer Olympic games on two occasions in 1980 and 1984. Also honoured by Athletics Ireland in 2017, Flynn was added to their Hall of Fame joining some of the greats.

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Being held for the third time, the event will take place on the grounds of St Mel’s college in Longford town. There will be both individual and team challenges and the entry fee is only €5 per person or €15 for a team of three.

Organisers say all ages and abilities are welcome at the starting line. The event is set to get underway from 7:30p.m. and Flynn himself will make an appearance to socialise with locals and participants alike.

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The aim is to encourage people to get out there and get active so consider this your chance to walk/run a mile in a former Olympian’s shoes!

Learn more about the Daily Mile Challenge here.

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