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

5k and 10k Road Race

Longford AC are holding their popular 5 & 10K road race on Sunday March 10th 2019 from the Mall complex.

Online Entry Now Open or people can register in person that morning just before the race.

Connacht Juvenile Indoor Championships 2019

at AIT Indoor Arena

Saturday February 23rd: Day 1 for U12 (Born 2008) and U13 (born 2007) only

Sunday February 24th: Day 2 for U14+ (Born 2006 and older)


View list of events


Note: all start times are estimates only. Events can start up to 45minutes ahead of time so please factor this in

Day 1 timetable

Day 2 timetable

Entry details

Entry Deadline 5pm Friday February 15th. NO late entries will be accepted.

Email entry to longfordac@gmail.com with child’s name, Date of Birth, contact phone number and the exact events you want to enter. 

You can enter max of 3 individual events plus 1 relay team

ALL relay teams from U12-U19 are 4X200m that means each runner must run a full lap of the track

There is 60m Hurdles for U12, it was not on the original list

Entry fee €5 per event will be collected at training on Wed Feb 13 from secondary school group\Friday Feb 15 from juvenile group. The Club will cover the cost of relay teams.

Other Information

Day 1 information: arrive at AIT indoor track at 9:15am, estimated to finish at 4pm. The 1st events start at 10am sharp. Bring snacks, drinks and lunch. 

Day 2 information: Even Ages Relays (U18, U16 &U14) are the first event at 10am sharp so these teams must arrive at 9:15am. All other athletes look at the Order of events to gauge the time to arrive. Remember this is only an estimate and events can start up to 45minutes ahead of time so please factor this in. You need to allow warm up time. The final event after expected after 4pm will be the uneven relays (U15, U17, U19)

NO drinking coffee\tea or eating is allowed inside the arena but there will be tables set up in the entrance area where you can sit to eat. The AIT canteen will be open.

Club Singlet

Children must wear blue Longford AC singlet (available to purchase €25) white shorts and white socks. If you do not want to purchase a singlet then it is Connacht rule that child must wear plain white shirt.

National Juvenile Indoor Championships

The top 4 from Connacht (except only top 3 in 600m\800m and relay teams) qualify for National Juvenile Indoor Championships on 30th & 31st March and 6th April 2019 at AIT.

North Connaught Secondary Schools Cross Country

The North Connacht Secondary Schools Cross Country was held in very challenging cold and wet conditions last Sunday on the grounds of Moyne Community School. Entries for the Provincial school qualifier appeared well down since the event was held outside school hours. Only the heartiest runners came to the starting line to secure their place going forward for the Connacht Schools finals that will be held later this month in Loughrea, Co. Galway.

Longford was represented in five of the eight races as follows:

Minor Girls U14 1500m: Caoimhe Crossan, Cnoc Mhuire, Granard; Amy Finnegan, Longford Convent; Kaela Brady, Moyne Community School.

Minor Boys U14 2000m; Nathan Maher, Moyne Community School.

Junior Girls U15 1500m: Kate Hagan- 1st place, Moyne Community School; Siog Reilly, Moyne Community School; Aisling Lane, Mercy Ballymahon.

Junior Boys U15 2500m James Miney, Moyne Community School.

Inter Boys U17 4K: Jack Gallagher, Mercy Ballymahon; Aidan O’Boyle, St. Mel’s College.


Jack Gallagher, Mercy Ballymahon and Aidan O’Boyle, St Mel’s College, Longford pictured after they crossed the finish line. Well known Longford Athletics Club members Michael O’Hara and Sean Crossan were on duty as Race Officials.


Longford secondary school students Kaela Brady, Moyne Community School, Caoimhe Crossan, Cnoc Mhuire, Granard and Amy Finnegan, Longford Convent after running in the Minor Girls U14 1500m race


Moyne Community School students James Miney, Kate Hagan and Siog Reilly ran very well in challenging conditions using their home advantage of the Moyne course to qualify to go forward to Connacht Finals on February 16th in Loughrea, Co. Galway

View aerial footage from the North Connaught Secondary Schools Cross Country held in Moyne Community School last Sunday.

Part of Minor Girls Race

Part of Junior Boys Race

Part of Junior Girls Race

New Irish Boys Youth 1500m Record

Cian McPhillips in 5th place at AAI Games at the National Indoor Arena where he set a new Irish Boys Youth (U18) record in the 1500m at 3:46.42 minutes on February 2nd, 2019. Also pictured is race leader John Travers, Donore Harriers, Dublin, on his way to winning the Senior Men 1500m event. Sportsfile.com photo by Sam Barnes ref no.1641265

CONGRATULATIONS to Cian McPhillips, Longford AC, who ran an exceptional race on Saturday February 2nd in the Senior Men’s 1500m at the AAI Indoor Games held at the National Indoor Arena in Abbottstown to set a new Irish Youth (U18) record at 3:46.42 minutes. This exceptional achievement sees 16 year old Cian shave 8 seconds off his CBP of last Sunday at the National Junior Indoor Championships in Athlone to become the new Irish Boys Youth Indoor record holder, wiping off Ciarán Ó Lionaird’s 14 year old record time of 3:50.86, held since January 2005.

Cian has already achieved the U18 qualifying standard for the European Youth Olympic Festival (EYOF) that will be held July 2019 in Baku, Azerbajan for athletes born 2002 or 2003. His new Irish record time ranks Cian as World number 1 in the U18 Men’s 1500m so far this year.

The Irish Times online edition, Sun, Feb 3, 2019 by Ian O’Riordan (article: Sinead Diver breaks her latest world record in Japan)

“Back at home, arguably the most impressive performance at the AAI Indoor Games at the National Indoor Arena on Saturday was Cian McPhillips setting a new Irish Youth 1,500m indoor record of 3:46.42, finishing fifth behind senior John Travers.

Still only 16, McPhillips, from Longford AC, improved by some distance Ciarán Ó Lionaird 14-year-old National Youth (under-18) record of 3:50.86, and was just a split second off the Irish Junior indoor record (under-20) of 3:46.17, set by Colin Costello.”

Irish Life Health Junior Indoor Championships

27 January 2019 at AIT Indoor Arena

Longford Athletics Club had five of their talented U20 athletes take to the track on Sunday 27th January for the first National Indoor Championships of the New Year. The Junior category comprises athletes aged 16-19 years making it a real challenge for older juvenile athletes with three age groups competed together in one category. They impressed across the board in middle distance and field events winning All-Ireland gold and two silver to get 2019 off to a flying start for the Club.

The standard of Irish indoor middle distance running went up a notch as three new CBP were set on the day in the 1500m event in both Junior Women’s and Men’s races and the U23 Men’s as well.

Seventeen runners were lined out for the start of the Junior Men’s race with Cian McPhillips in the back line inside lane 1. This was ideal as Cian shot to the front of the pack as he came off the first curve tight to the inside lane to take the lead which he never relinquished throughout the seven and a half laps around the track. He immediately took a 30 metre lead and by the first lap he had stretched his lead to 50-60 metres, essentially running alone for the rest of the race with no threat from the rest of the field. He worked hard the final two laps and the crowd could see the determined strong push to finish with a new CBP at 3:54.77 minutes breaking Kevin Walker’s 1996 record of 3:55.51. No one else crossed the line in under 4 minutes.


Cian McPhillips Gold in 1500m at National Juniors Indoor Championship, AIT Jan 27, 2019
Cian McPhillips, Longford Athletics Club, on the podium at the Irish Life Health National Junior Indoor Championships at AIT winning gold in the Junior Men’s 1500m race and setting a new CBP at 3:54.77. Cian broke the 1996 record of 3:55.51 minutes held by Kevin Walker, Newbridge. Pictured along Cian are 2nd place Jack O’Farrell, Burren AC, 4:03.07 and 3rd place Jack Maher, Galway City Harriers AC, 4:04.40.

Adeyemi Talabi had a busy morning session as she competed in two events. She finished second in her sprint heat at 7.79 seconds to qualify for the Junior Women’s 60m final later in the afternoon. It was then on to the Long Jump with her third jump at 5.24m securing a Silver medal. This was a good opportunity for Yemi to continue fine tuning her technical skills in this event with four of her six jumps were over 5.1m. This was her warm up for the upcoming Connacht Juvenile Indoor Championships and qualification to Nationals where she will be aiming to replicate her 6.02m jump from last summer.

Yemi didn’t get much of a break as the timetable was moving ahead of schedule and she was straight back on the track for the sprint final. She clocked 7.80 seconds to finish sixth place overall in a very talented line-up including Dundalk’s Patience Jumbo-Gula who took the silver.

As the 200m and High Jump events always clash on the programme timetable Nelvin Appiah ran the 60m sprint finishing second in his heat at 7.26 seconds but did not qualify for the final. He then turned his attention to the Junior Men’s High Jump which had eight competitors. Three were knocked out by 1.85m so the bar inched up higher. Although it took a few attempts Nelvin cleared 1.93m and 1.96m but he could not soar over the 2m bar on this occasion. In 2018 Nelvin won Gold in this event at 1.90m and he made his way to the podium for Silver this year.

Nelvin Appiah airborne over the high jump as he clears the bar at 1.96m to win Silver at the AI National Junior Indoor Championships at AIT on 27th January 2019. Sportsfile.com photo by Sam Barnes ref no.1638076, date 27 Jan 2019

Aaron Kelly and Gospel Idahor were also in action for Longford in 60m and 200m events and can utilise this event at the start of the indoor season to gage their progress over the next two months with upcoming Connacht provincial Championships at the end of February.

Training at AIT Indoor Track

athlone indoor track

Training is scheduled at the AIT Indoor Arena to give our juvenile athletes the opportunity to gain experience on the track in sprints, middle distance and hurdles. It is the time to learn and practice starting blocks, relay teams and field events (high jump, long jump and shot putt) to prepare for upcoming competitions.

Juvenile athletes need be aware of the following Athletics Ireland rules:

  • Age categories change every year on January 1st and are calculated on the age the athlete will be on the 31st December in the year of competition. No athlete may obtain a birthday in the year of competition and compete Under that age. Athletes are confined to their own age group only.
  • A Club Singlet must be worn by every athlete in competition. The Longford AC singlet can be purchased at cost €25.
  • Only 5mm spikes may be used on the track.
  • When entering any field event athletes must be technically proficient and competent in that event in the interest of safety (ie: high jump).
  • Relay Teams only: an athlete can move up one age group as long as at least 2 members of the competing relay team participating in the event on that day are the correct age. For U17, U18, U19 age groups all athletes on the team may move up one age group.
  • IAAF False Start Rules apply. U16+ first false start leads to disqualification.
  • U12, 13, 14, 15. One false start and all are on warning of next false start leading to disqualification
  • Connacht Indoor Championship: U12-U19 age group. Each athlete may compete in maximum of 3 individual events plus a relay team.
  • All athletes U14+ must use starting blocks.
  • Connacht Outdoor Championship: starts at U9 age group. U9-11s compete with a partner as a pair and are only allowed to enter 2 events (with the same partner for both events or a different partner for each event) plus a relay team. U12-19 individuals may compete in maximum of 3 individual events plus a relay team.
  • U12 must do a crouched start. Below U12 standing or crouch start is optional. All athletes U14+ must use starting blocks.

Connacht Track & Field Squads 2018/19

Athletics Ireland has announced the Connacht T&F Squad for 2018\19. This Development Squad is for selected athletes only in the U14-U19 age groups. Athletes are selected based on their Connacht Indoors, Outdoors and Schools Track and Field performances over the past year.

The top 4 athletes in the Sprints, Hurdles, Middle Distance, Long Distance, Steeple, walks and all field events (Long Jump, High Jump, Triple Jump, Pole Vault, Shot, Discus, Javelin, Hammer) are all selected.

Longford AC Juveniles selected = 16

Girls: Gospel Idahor, Teegan Murphy, Yemi Talabi, Barbie Frias Glagovsky, Kate Hagan, Sarah McPhillips, Yemi Talabi

Boys: Aaron Kelly, Nelvin Appiah, Killian Rawle, Christopher Conaty, Joe Reilly, Brendan Finnan, Davidson Olusanya, Paul Idahor, Auley Thomas

Those selected should register and pay online before the 1st squad day (Nov 11th) using the link below. The cost for all three squad days is €20 which includes a squad t-shirt. Each of the squad days will each contain a different element of coaching.

Date Venue Time
November 11th 2018 Athlone IT 9.30am – 12
December 9th 2018 Athlone IT 9.30am – 12:15
January 6th 2019 Athlone IT 9.30am – 12
April 14th 2019 Athlone IT 10am – 12.30pm

2019 Athletics Ireland Juvenile Age Categories

1. Age categories change every year on January 1st and are calculated on the age the athlete will be on the 31st December in the year of competition.

2. No athlete may obtain a birthday in the year of competition and compete in that age.

  • U9 = Born 2011 /Child will be age 8 years old in 2019
  • U10 = Born 2010 /Child will be age 9 years old in 2019
  • U11 = Born 2009 /Child will be age 10 years old in 2019
  • U12 = Born 2008 /Child will be age 11 years old in 2019
  • U13 = Born 2007 /Child will be age 12 years in 2019
  • U14 = Born 2006 /Child will be age 13 years in 2019
  • U15 = Born 2005 /Child will be age 14 years in 2019
  • U16 = Born 2004 /Child will be age 15 years in 2019
  • U17 = Born 2003 /Child will be age 16 years in 2019
  • U18 = Born 2002 /Child will be age 17 years in 2019
  • U19 = Born 2001 /Child will be age 18 years in 2019
  • Juniors aged 16-19 years old (2003-2000)