Cross Country

Connacht Even Ages Cross Country Championships

4 November 2018 at Sligo Race Course

A small but dedicated group of Longford Athletics Club Juvenile athletes travelled to Sligo last Sunday, 4th November, to compete in the annual Even Ages Connacht Cross Country Championships.

First up were Rachel Keenan and Emma Brennan in the U12 girls 2K race. Both girls are still U11 so they were running in an age group one year up. After a blistering start both girls ran really well over the tough cross country course. Rachel did very well finishing in 9th place, winning a bronze medal and qualifying for the Athletics Ireland National finals in 3 weeks’ time. Emma who was running her first Club cross country race showed great potential to finish 20th with girls a year older. This was good practice for both Rachel and Emma as they will be back in action next weekend in their own U11 age group running the 1500m race in Ballina.

Connacht Even Ages Cross Country Championships

Longford Athletics Club juveniles Kate Hagan U16, Cian McPhillips, U18, Rachel Keenan U12 and Caoimhe Crossan U14 all competed in the Connacht Even Ages Cross Country Championships last weekend at Sligo Racecourse with several qualifying for Athletics Ireland National finals at the end of November.

Caoimhe Crossan ran in the U14 girls 3K race. Again this race over two difficult laps started at a hectic pace. Caoimhe settled into her running and moved through the field strongly on her second lap to finish in the top half in a very good 24th position.

Kate Hagan ran in the combined U16, U18 and Junior girls 4K race. Kate is still U15 this year so this race saw her running against girls much older. She went out fast and was always near the front of the race. It was difficult for Kate to know where she stood in her own age category in this mixed age race so taking no chances she ran hard all the way to the line. When the results were posted Kate was delighted to have finished 5th place in U16s ahead of many talented older athletes and has qualified for the All-Ireland again this year.

The final Longford AC juvenile to run was Cian McPhillips running a year up in the U18 boys 6K race which was combined with the Junior boys U20 race. Cian settled on the shoulder of one of the best U20 athletes in the country early on and they both quickly moved clear of the other competitors. Cian looked very comfortable as he matched this quality athlete three years his senior stride for stride for the first two and half laps until he pressed on and opened up a 40 meter gap to win comfortably, taking Gold in U18 boys and guaranteeing another day of running in the National Championships. Cian will also be competing next weekend in Mayo in his proper U17 age group.

Well done to our juveniles that competed very well today and were prepared to challenge themselves against the best in Connacht on a testing cross country course. Three have qualified for All-Ireland competition at the end of November with another Provincial race for Uneven Ages on the calendar for next Sunday.

Cross Country Fixtures 2018

Co. Longford Primary Schools Cross Country Championships, includes a race for 1st\2nd year secondary school students  (NO senior race this year)

Saturday 29th September 2018 at Moyne Community School. Races start at 5pm sharp

Distances: 3rd/4th Class 800m, 5th/6th Class 1000m (1st/2nd  year Girls 1600m, Boys 2000m)

Connacht Primary Schools Cross Country Championships

Saturday 13th October 2018 at Bushfield, Loughrea, Galway. Races start at 12 noon sharp

Distances: 3rd/4th Class 1000m, 5th/6th Class 1200m.

AND Senior Leg 1 Senior league, women and O65 men 4km, men 8km, start time approx. 1.30pm women, 2.00pm men. From the AGM in 2017 it was decided to include a separate masters club team category alongside the open team category. It was felt that the age for the masters would make a better competition if it were increased to 40. When entering the League athletes must declare their category and then they cannot change it for the rest of the competition and they are only eligible to point in that category. All athletes must be over 18 to run in the league. Men over 65 can choose to run 4km as an individual or 8km to point for a team. Novice- must not have previously won an individual medal in the Connacht competition. Senior/Open- must be over 18. Masters- over 40.  No entry on the day.

Connacht Even Ages (U12 born 2007, U14 born 2005, U16 born 2003, U18 born 2001)

AND Senior Leg 2 approx. 2pm women (likely in conjunction with the U18’s), 2.30pm men. Same info as Leg 1.  No entry on the day.

Sunday 4th November 2018 at Sligo Racecourse, races start at 12 noon

For Club Team: 4-6 athletes to run with 4 to score, County Team: 6-10 athletes to run with 6 to score

Medals: First 12 individuals plus first 3 teams

U12 (born 2007) – 2000m U14 (born 2005) – 3000m

U16 (born 2003) – 4000m U18 (born 2001) Girls – 4000m, Boys – 6000m

Connacht Uneven Ages (U11 born 2008, U13 born 2006, U15 born 2004, U17 born 2002)

AND Senior Leg 3 approx. 2pm women (likely in conjunction with the U18’s), 2.30pm men. Same info as Leg 1.  No entry on the day.

Sunday 11th November 2018 at Belleek Woods, Ballina, County Mayo

For Club Team: 4-6 athletes to run with 4 to score, County Team: 6-10 athletes to run with 6 to score

Medals: First 12 individuals plus first 3 teams

U11 (born 2008) – 1500m U13 (born 2006) – 2500m

U15 (born 2004) – 3500m U17 (born 2002) Girls – 4000m, Boys – 5000m

 Cross Country Nationals:

Sunday 25th November 2018, National Even Ages, Seniors, Juniors Cross Country, at National Sports Campus,  Abbottstown, Dublin

Saturday 15th December 2018, National Uneven Ages, Novice Cross Country – Navan Adventure Centre, Navan racecourse

Sunday 3rd February 2019, National Intermediate, Masters, Juvenile ‘B’ Cross Country and Relays, at National Sports Campus,  Abbottstown, Dublin

Confirming Connacht Primary Schools Cross Country Races Going Ahead as Scheduled

Confirming Connacht Primary Schools Cross Country Races are going ahead as scheduled TOMORROW Saturday Oct 13th at Bushfield, Loughrea, Galway. start at 12 noon Sharp, plan to arrive by 11:30am

Important Messages for Co. Longford Primary Schools Cross Country Championships Medallists

2 important messages for all individual and team medalists from the recent Co. Longford Primary Schools Cross Country Championships:

5th\6th Class individual AND team medallists are invited to compete in the Inter County Cross Country Race for Longford & Offaly at Tullamore Harriers Stadium, Oct 5th, 2018 @7pm sharp. Please arrive by 6:30pm for warm up. This is free and a great chance to get in training before the Connacht race. One of the coaches from Longford AC will be in Tullamore to meet all the children from Longford when they arrive.

The first 10 Individual finishers & top 3 Teams in each race qualify for the Connaught Primary Schools Cross Country taking place on Saturday October 13th in Bushfield, Loughrea, Co. Galway, races start at 12 noon sharp. Please plan to arrive by 11:15am so that the children can walk the course and do a warm up\stretch. All entry fees will be paid by Longford AC. One parent or teacher per school to be responsible to collect the envelope with race numbers for your school at the registration desk when you arrive.

Co. Longford Primary Schools Cross Country Championship 2018

Saturday 29th September 2018 at Moyne Community School

Longford Athletics Club will once again be hosting the annual Co. Longford Primary Schools Cross Country Championship on Saturday 29th September 2018 at Moyne Community School, with races starting at 5pm sharp. In 2017, 15 primary schools and 240 students participated.

Registration is from 4-4:45pm, entry fee €3 per student. All primary schools in County Longford are invited to enter, there is no limit on participants so all students in 3rd-6th classes are welcome to take part. The first 10 individuals plus the first 3 teams in each race will receive medals on the day and qualify to go forward to the Connaught Schools’ Championships hosted by Galway on October 13, 2018, venue TBC.

There is also a Special Invitation for the 5th\6th Class and 1st\2nd Year Secondary School medallists to compete in the Inter County Cross Country Race for Longford & Offaly at Tullamore Harriers Stadium on Friday evening October 5th at 7pm.

A ‘Come and Try’ event will be on in the gym on the same day. Longford Athletics Club wants to increase participation in athletics across the county and we have received funding for our project from Longford LCDC, Pobal, Healthy Ireland and the Department for Health. Currently we provide training for Little Athletics thru Juvenile age groups (ages 6-18 years) in Dromard, Kenagh & Longford town. Each year the Club hosts the Annual Primary Schools Cross Country and Relay Races for all schools in County Longford. Longford Sports Partnership offers Indoor SportsHall athletics and every Sunday the Longford Junior Parkrun takes place for free at The Mall. Coaches and athletes will be on hand to answer questions and give demonstrations.

The Club is also looking for parents/teachers that want to get involved as volunteers/coaches to ensure we can continue to provide opportunities for all the children across the county so please come and talk to us for more information.

Any queries contact longfordac@gmail.com

Essential Info for upcoming Club Cross Country 2017

Club Cross Country Distances

U11 -1500m          U12 -2000m        U13 -2500m          U14 -3000m     

U15 -3500m      U16 -4000m     U17 Girls -4000m \ U17 Boys -5000m

Teams 

Club: 6 athletes to run with 4 to score

County: 10 athletes to run with 6 to score

Medals

Championships First 12 individuals

First 3 Regional, County, Club teams

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2017 Co Longford Primary Schools Cross Country Results

1st&2nd yr secondary school cross country results, Sept 2017

5th&6th Class Primary Schools Cross Country results, Sept 2017

3rd&4th Class Primary Schools Cross Country results, Sept 2017

2017 Connacht Qualifiers from Longford Primary Schools Cross Country

Co. Longford Primary Schools Cross Country Team Results, Sept 2017

Co. Longford Primary Schools Cross Country Championships

30 September 2017 at Moyne Community School

This year 240 students representing 15 national schools across the County took part.

3rd\4th Class Boys 800m race = 66                        3rd\4th Class Girls 800m race = 63

5th\6th Class Boys 1000m race = 55                     5th\6th Class Girls 1000m race = 56

The autumn sunshine helped draw a large crowd to the annual County Longford Primary Schools Cross Country Championships on September 30th in Moyne. 240 national school children ran the challenging course earning points for their school towards the coveted Harry Farrell Shield for Best Overall School Performance.

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