Longfordians brave sub-zero temperatures for GOAL on Christmas Day

With temperatures at minus ten at twelve noon on Christmas day, many GOAL Miles across the land were cancelled. But not in Longford, where a hardy group of committed souls battled the arctic conditions to raise much needed funds for GOAL.

With temperatures at minus ten at twelve noon on Christmas day, many GOAL Miles across the land were cancelled. But not in Longford, where a hardy group of committed souls battled the arctic conditions to raise much needed funds for GOAL.

By 12.30pm a little over €4,600 had been counted which will ensure a great start to 2011 for the poorest of the poor across the developing world where GOAL works.

This was the 16th Longford GOAL Mile and in that time tens of thousands of euro have been raised.

The Longford GOAL Mile attracts children from four right up to one regular of an amazing ninety years of age.

As well as entire families, there was one group of friends who have completed every single one of those 16 events, no mean achievement since many only return to Longford for the Christmas holidays.

Also present this year were former Longford Town players Sean Prunty and Alan Kirby along with the current Player of the Season Michael Lee.

On the other side of the scale, was former national Rose of Tralee winner, Longford girl Tamara Gervasoni who teamed up with two other Longford Roses Sarah Keogh and Grinne Fox.

Also looking well in fancy dress were Jean Beahan and Anne Fitzgerald.

Overall the Longford GOAL Mile was an other outstanding success and all the more so given the awful weather conditions.

Local organiser Tiernan Dolan expressed a sincere and genuine thank you to all who took part and all those who sponsored the various participants.

"Your valued support will lessen the hardship for hundreds of less fortunate people in the developing world where GOAL works," said Tiernan.

Alan Kirby, Longford Rose Sarah Keogh, Sean Prunty picutred at the start of this year's GOAL Mile at Connolly Barracks.