Longford Hosts The First Irish Runner Paced Mile Outside Dublin

The people of Longford paid tribute to Ray Flynn, Flynn the fastest Irish miler of all time.

Over 100 people took part in the event organized by the Irish Runner and Athletics Ireland which got underway at 7pm starting at Ballyalee roundabout and finished opposite St.Mels Cathedral Car Park.

Longford miler Flynn became the fastest Irish man to run the magic distance at the Bislett Games in Norway way back in 1982.  Flynn’s time of three minutes 49.77 seconds remains the fastest mile time ever posted by an Irish person.


Atlanta Olympian 1996 over 1500 metres Shane Healy won out the Ray Flynn paced mile which finished outside St. Mels Cathedral.

Healy had it all his own way winning in four  minutes 30 seconds, some seven seconds clear of local Cian McPhilips who was seven seconds behind with Brendan Doyle third in five minutes four seconds.

It was a special night with well over 100 people competing in the pace mile, the first time the Irish Runner miles took place outside Dublin.

Results from the event;


  1. Shane Healy – Metro St. Brigids – 4:30.
  2. Cian McPhilips – Longford A.C – 4:37
  3. Ben Doyle – Brendan Doyle RC– 5:04


1.Fiona Gettings – 5:23

2.Therese Hanley – 5:52

3.Sinead Nolan  – 6:04

Shannonside FM’s Dave Hooper spoke to;

Shane Healy winner,

Ray Flynn – man of the moment

Enda Fitzpatrick sub four minute miler from longford now head of athletics with DCU.