Connacht Outdoor Track & Field for U9-13 age group only

Date: Saturday 8th June

Venue: TBC

Events: sprint, middle distance, shot putt, long jump, turbo javelin, relay

Further details will be posted soon

We are required to supply 5 parents to help as officials with long jump, turbo javelin, and the track races- You can learn on the Job!!

Midlands 4 Counties Track & Field competition

Outdoor event for juveniles ages 8-13 years old (born 2011- 2006)

Date: Friday evening 17th May * be there at 6pm, races start at 6.30pm sharp

Venue: Tullamore Harriers Stadium, Co. Offaly

Events: sprint, middle distance, Shot Putt, Long Jump and Turbo Javelin

Athletes must stay in their own age group:   

U9 = born in 2011
U10 = born in 2010
U11 = born in 2009
U12 = born in 2008
U13 = born in 2007
U14 = born in 2006

Entry Fee: the Club covers the cost for all juvenile members that take part

No advance registration needed

We are required to supply 5 parents to help as officials with long jump, turbo javelin, and the track races. You can learn on the Job!!

Secondary Schools Athletics- North Connacht Track & Field

Date: Saturday 11 May

Venue: Sligo IT

Any secondary school students must entry through their schools. Deadline May 1st

Indoor Competition U9 , U10 and U11

Indoor competition U9 (born 2011), U10 (born 2010) and U11 (born 2009) athletes only

Date: Saturday 4th May, 9am – 1pm *please be at AIT by 8:45am for prompt start

Venue: Athlone IT Indoor Arena

Events: 60m, Middle Distance, Long Jump and Turbo Javelin

Entry Fee: €5.00 per athlete (each child will take part in all 4 events)

Hosted by Roscommon County Athletics Board. This is 8th year for Longford AC to take part in this event. We are required to supply 5- 6 parents to help as officials with long jump, turbo javelin, and the track races- You can learn on the Job!!

Closing Date: Saturday 20th April. Strictly no late entries.

Email longfordac@gmail.com with child’s name, their date of birth and parent’s contact info. Please indicate if you will volunteer as an official. €5 will be collected at AIT on the morning of the competition.

County Primary Schools’ Relays Competition

Last year Longford AC hosted the County Primary Schools’ Relays Competition to encourage young children to engage in a healthy outdoor event while competing as part of a school team. Over 450 children from 16 different schools throughout the county participated. The event took place on a Friday evening and despite the number of participants it concluded in less than ninety minutes. The event this year will be hosted by Longford AC in Clonguish GAA Grounds in Newtownforbes on Friday May 10th. Registration will begin at 5:45pm with the first race at 6.30pm. Last year some teachers attended with their schools while other schools arranged for parents to organise the pupils on the night.

The details of the 2019 event are outlined below:

Second class to sixth class inclusive can enter teams. Each team must consist of 4 athletes and up to 3 subs. There will be a race for all the subs over the same distance as one leg of the relay i.e. 2nd class girls subs will run a 200m race immediately after the 2nd class girls’ race.

All races will be 4 X 200m. Athletes can only run 1 leg of a relay and on 1 relay team

Athletes can move up a class to complete a team i.e. a fifth class pupil can run on a 6th class team. Schools can enter a maximum of two teams per class and the registration fee is €2 per athlete.

Schools must complete the attached registration form and bring it along on the evening with the registration fee. A teacher or parent can bring the registration form to the clubhouse and they will be issued with a race number for each team entered.


Longford AC at National Indoor Championships

Irish Life Health National Indoor Championships
30 & 31 March 2019
Athlone IT International Arena

Longford Athletics Club juvenile members win 3 National titles in 800m, Long Jump and High Jump as the Club celebrates its most successful National Indoor Championships ever.

After a very successful weekend at the track Longford Athletics Club continues to go from strength to strength winning a grand total of eight medals at this year’s National Indoor Championships. The Club got off to a flying start in January with three medals at the National Juniors Championship. Cian McPhillips set a new championship best performance (CBP) as he won the 1500m, 3:54.77 minutes, and the two silver medals were won by Nelvin Appiah jumping 1.96m in High Jump and Yemi Talabi 5.24m in Long Jump.

Day 1 of the National Juvenile competition saw nine Longford athletes in action in sprints, long jump and the 1500m with most achieving new personal best (pb) times. Yemi Talabi won the U18 Girls Long Jump title at 5.42m and Bronze in the 60m sprint at 7.67 seconds. Nelvin Appiah had a fantastic photo finish at the line as he won Silver and got a new sub 7 second pb at 6.97. Both Funmi Talabi, U15 7.07 seconds, and Gospel Idahor, U19 7.91 seconds, notched new pbs in their respective heats to qualify for finals finishing 5th and 6th overall.

Events on the second day were 200m, 600m, 800m and high jump, with eight Longford athletes competing.  Cian McPhillips made the running look easy as he was the only one across the line in under two minutes as he took Gold in a straight final of fourteen runners in the U18 Boys 800m. Cian is already listed for both 800m and 1500m on the Athletics Ireland (AI) 2019 Top Performances List.

Attention turned to the centre of the track as Nelvin Appiah worked his charm on the large crowd in attendance getting them to support his every jump with a clapping beat.  He cleared 4 heights with no faults to take the U19 Men’s High Jump title and impressive new pb at 2.05m. This was bitter sweet for Nelvin as he had to sacrifice an expected medal in the 200m as both events clashed on the timetable. The 2.05m jump puts Nelvin in 2nd place on the AI 2019 Top Performances List and he moves from up 25th to 20th place as one of the youngest athlete to achieve this in high jump on the Irish All Time Indoor List.

Well done to Sarah McPhillips, Kate Hagan, Gospel Idahor and Killian Rawle who all qualified for events on both days and show continued improvement as they gain more experience in competition on the National platform. Many of the teenage members of the Club added Pilates and indoor strength and conditioning to their training over the last year and the benefits will continue to be seen in competition in the coming months.

As the Indoor season is nearly over Longford AC comes away with their largest collection to date, a grand total of eight medals, one Gold and two Silver in Juniors and three Gold, one Silver and one Bronze for Juveniles. Relays are the only event left for the final day of the National Indoor Championships next weekend with Longford AC’s U15 Girls 4X200m team competing in the morning session.  

New Equipment for Longford AC Juvenile Members

The new equipment purchased through the Healthy Ireland fund is being used at the juvenile training sessions.

The new equipment purchased through the Healthy Ireland Fund has arrived and is already in use at juvenile training sessions. The agility ladders, hurdles, turbo javelins and relay batons are giving a new dimension to training drills as the juvenile athletes are preparing for the upcoming Connacht Championships. New skills are developing as the action photographs show!

The Club has been involved in a project to promote athletics across the county through the Healthy Ireland Fund. Financial support is gratefully acknowledged from Longford LCDC, Pobal, HealthyIreland and the Department of Health.

Connacht Indoor Championships – Day 2

Athlone IT International Arena
Day 2, Sunday 24th February 2019

Longford Athletics Club top teenage athletes performed very well on Day 2 bringing home a grand total of 8 Gold, 3 Silver, 3 Bronze and two 4th places finishes that all qualify for Nationals at the end of March.

It was all about the speed on the second day of the Connacht Indoor Championships as Longford athletes ran away with gold in the 60m sprint in five age groups. Fastest out of the blocks was U18 athlete Killian Rawle at 7.45 seconds with U18 Adeyemi Talabi 7.75 sec, U19 Gospel Idahor 7.88 sec, U15 Funmi Talabi 8.02 sec and U16 Sarah McPhillips 8.29 sec all sharing the limelight with first place podium finishes and many new personal best times.

Killian Rawle, Longford AC, showing continued improvement with a time of 7.45 seconds, as he steps onto 1st Place to receive Gold in U18 Boys 60m sprint. Also pictured is Richard Kamsen, GCH in 2nd place, time 7.55 seconds and Sean O’Connell, Lake District AC in 3rd place at 7.62 seconds.

There was also success in the 200m with Gospel Idahor winning her second gold medal of the day and both Killian Rawle and Sarah McPhillips securing silver in this distance. Paul Idahor rounded off the list of qualifiers with a bronze in the 60m and 4th place in 200m in U17 Boys.

Longford Athletics Club’s teenage girls were in action in sprint, middle distance and long jump on 24th February at Day 2 of the Connacht Indoors Championships at Athlone IT track. Siog Reilly, Sarah McPhillips, Kaela Brady, Funmi Talabi, Sian Gallagher, Yemi Talabi and Gospel Idahor were among the 600 athletes from six counties that took part in the provincial competition.

The Club’s middle distance runners were also in good form with Cian McPhillips taking gold in the U18 800m, Jack Gallagher won silver in U16 800m and Kate Hagan qualifying in both 800m and 1500m races. The Programme of Events is very full on Day 2, making it a challenge for juvenile athletes to balance their efforts when the various races are close together.

Nelvin Appiah was in action at the French Junior Championships in Lievin, France where he cleared the bar at 2.03m for a fantastic new personal best in Junior Men’s High Jump. This jump earned him 4th Place on countback where his results sheet showed clearances at five heights: 1.89m, 1.93m, 1.97m, 2.0m and 2.03m.

Longford Athletics Club juvenile members Killian Rawle, Paul Idahor, Cian McPhillips and Jack Gallagher on the warm up track at Athlone. All four boys were provincial medallists on the day competing in sprint, 200m and 800m events.

Adeyemi Talabi was the other double gold medallist for Longford when she jumped 5.04m to win U18 Girls Long Jump. This technical event requires a lot of consistency and the lack of facilities to train locally is a real hindrance for Yemi as she is attempting qualification for this summer’s U18 Europeans in Azerbaijan.

Another standout achievement on the day for Longford AC was their first competitor in the Senior Men’s Category at the provincial Indoor Championships. Aaron Kelly competed in two events and came away with a fifth place finish in the 200m and new pb at 24.29 seconds. Aaron, a first year student at Maynooth University, competed in both sprint and 200m at the recent Irish Universities Athletics Association (IUAA) Intervarsity Indoor Championships.

Caoimhe Crossan, Kate MacEntire, Tara Crossan, Stephen McGinnity and Caitlin Maher are pictured at Athlone IT Indoor Arena .

It was very disappointing that Longford did not put forward any boys relay teams this year in the U16-19 age groups after their National medal performances in 2016-2018. So the final event of the day left it all up to the girls, Funmi Talabi, Kaela Brady, Siog Reilly and Tara Crossan, to get across the line. They did not disappoint as they clocked 1:58.46 minutes in the U15 Girls 4x200m relay, winning the set of Connacht bronze team medals and earning their place at the All-Ireland Indoor Relay finals in early April.

The following Longford athletes will go forward to the Athletics Ireland National platform in 15 individual events and one girls’ relay team on three separate dates in March and April.

8 Gold, 3 Silver, 3 Bronze, 2 4th Place

Gold in 8 events
Funmi Talabi U15 60m (8.02 sec)
Sarah McPhillips U16 60m (8.29 sec)
Adeyemi Talabi U18 60m (7.75 sec)
Adeyemi Talabi U18 Long Jump (5.04 m)
Killian Rawle U18 60m (7.45 sec)
Cian McPhillips U18 800m (2:03.76 min)
Gospel Idahor U19 60m (7.88 sec)
Gospel Idahor U19 200m (27.06 sec)

Silver in 3 events
Sarah McPhillips U16 200m (27.32 sec)
Jack Gallagher U16 800m (2:15.09 min)
Killian RawleU18 200m (24.00 sec)

Bronze in 3 events
Kate Hagan U15 1500m (5:15.41 min)
Paul Idahor U17 60m (7.52 sec)
U15 Girls 4X200m Relay: Funmi Talabi, Kaela Brady, Siog Reilly, Tara Crossan (1:58.46 minute)

4th Place in 2 events
Kate Hagan U16 800m (2:31.09 min)
Paul Idahor U17 200m (24.57 sec)

Annual Awards Presentation

Longford Athletics Club held its annual Awards Presentation on February 10th to celebrate the achievements of 2018 at provincial, national and international level. Without a doubt 2018 was a remarkable year for the Club with three juvenile athletes competing internationally and Club Senior Female Adrianna Melia clocking fantastic marathon times to make the Athletics Ireland Performance list.

Longford Athletics Club celebrated the achievements of 2018 at their Annual Awards Presentation last Sunday recognising provincial, national and international performances by juvenile members.

Cian McPhillips was named Juvenile Athlete of the Year as 2018 saw him have complete domination of the U17 Boys 1500m. At last year’s National Indoor Championships Cian set two new CBP (Championship Best Performance) in both 800m and 1500m, winning the national titles and securing qualification for Europeans in Gyor, Hungary. Cian was victorious across all Schools Championships bring home three Gold medals in 1500m from Tullamore, Santry and Scotland. He also set a new Youth (U18) Irish record on July 14th in Santry in the outdoor 3000m at 8:18.91 minutes breaking John Treacy’s 1974 record.

Cian McPhillips and Adeyemi Talabi were presented with trophies at the recent Longford Athletics Club Awards to mark their 2018 success in Club and School athletics on national and international platforms. Nelvin Appiah missing from picture.

Yemi Talabi and Nelvin Appiah were recognised for their success in Club and School athletics on national and international platforms. 2018 was a real breakthrough year for Yemi in both sprint and long jump with the highlight of a new CBP and European qualifying standard at the All-Ireland Schools of 6.02m in long jump. She won All-Ireland Gold (100m) and Silver (60m) in sprints as well as international medal performances at both Tailteann and Celtic Games over the summer.

Nelvin Appiah was jumping to new heights as he set a CBP at the All-Ireland schools in June 2018 with his long anticipated first high jump over 2m. This outstanding achievement added to his collection for the year with National High Jump title in Juniors (U20), All-Ireland Silver in both Indoor and Outdoor U18 Boys High Jump and his Gold medal performance at the Tailtean Games. It was a bitter disappointment for Nelvin to miss European qualification last summer by 0.01m.

In the Most Improved category Killian Rawle, Funmi Talabi, Sarah McPhillips, Kate Hagan, Gospel Idahor and Rachel Keenan were all deserving recipients as they were top Connacht medallists improving on their 2017 performances and competed at National Championships across the three season: indoor, outdoor and cross country.

Longford Athletics Club juvenile members Sarah McPhillips, Funmi Talabi, Rachel Keenan, Kate Hagan were deserving recipients of the Most Improved Award as all were top Connacht medallists and competed at National Championships across the three seasons. (Gospel Idahor and Killian Rawle missing from photo)

Certificates of Achievement were handed out to the twenty-eight juvenile members that won Provincial medals in 2018. When all the results for the year were tallied up the Club brought home Connacht medals in over fifty track, field and cross country events. Donal Mulligan received an award for his contribution to juvenile coaching and Leslie Finnan was congratulated on her Ganly’s Longford Sports Star Awards as Club Volunteer of the Year.

Presentations were made to the two 4X200m Indoor Relay teams that both finished in 4th place at last April’s All-Ireland’s missing podium places by only a fraction of a second. U17 Boys by 0:0.45 second: Killian Rawle, Keelin McGann, Cian McPhillips, Christopher Coanty, Paul Idahor. U18 Girls by 0:0.64 second: Gospel Idahor, Yemi Talabi, Sarah Murphy, Teegan Murphy, Adora Omotola.

Longford AC’s U18 Girls Indoor 4X200m Relay Team: Gospel Idahor, Teegan Murphy, Yemi Talabi, and Sarah Murphy, received recognition at the Club’s Annual Awards Presentation for their 4th place All-Ireland finish at the National Championships in 2018.

The Senior section of the Club recognised Adrianna Melia for her first place podium finish at the Longford Marathon and as well as her outstanding time (2:52:20 hours) in the Dublin Marathon to finish 5th Irish female across the line and rank 10th on the Athletics Ireland 2018 Men’s and Women’s Outdoor Performance List. Sean Crossan received his accolade for his training regime and strong performance in his first Iron Man competition in Barcelona finishing in the top third in his age group while maintaining his continued commitment to Little Athletics coaching every week. Most Improved Seniors were Anne McDermott Brady and Colin Beades who impressed with marked improvement throughout the past year.

Club Chairman Paddy McPhillips used the occasion to highlight the wealth of talent in athletics in Longford congratulating all the awardees on the outstanding achievements of the past year. He thanked all volunteers and coaches without whom none of it would be possible and commended parents and juvenile members for their commitment to training. The Club is looking forward to another exciting and busy year with Provincial Indoor Championships starting at the end of February.

Athletics Ireland Juvenile 2018 Star Awards

Athletics Ireland Juvenile 2018 Star Awards 16th February 2019 at the Bridge House Hotel, Tullamore

Congratulations to Longford AC athlete Cian McPhillips who was named Athletics Ireland Juvenile 2018 Star for Longford for the 3rd year in a row. The Annual Juvenile Awards banquet was held on 16th February in Tullamore with Irish athlete Kate Veale as guest speaker. This year Cian also received the Juvenile Committee Special Recognition Award for Outstanding Performances in 2018. 2018 was Cian’s most successful year in athletics to date. The highlights of the year included representing Ireland in last summer’s European Youth Championships, breaking the 1974 U18 record set by John Tracey for his own new Irish record in the outdoor 3k at the age of 15, and his 2 CBP (Championship Best Performance) at last year’s National Indoor Championships in both U17 Boys 800m and 1500m events.

U17 National Titles in 2018: 3XGold

National Indoor 800m CBP and National Indoor 1500m CBP, March 2018 at Athlone IT Arena

National Outdoor 1500m, July 2018 at Tullamore

1X4th place National Indoor U17 Relay, April 2018 at Athlone IT Arena

Schools Athletics 2018: 3XGold

Gold Intermediate Boys 1500m All-Ireland Schools Outdoor Championships, 2nd June 2018 at Tullamore

Gold U18 1500m at Tailteann Interprovincial Games, 23rd June 2018 at Santry.

Gold in 1500m at SIAB Outdoor T&F 22 July 2018 at Grangemouth, Scotland