Connacht Uneven Ages Cross Country Championships

11 November 2018 at Belleek Woods, Ballina, Co. Mayo

The wet and cold conditions made the second day of the Connacht Cross Country Championships for the Uneven age groups a real challenge as Longford athletes took on the rolling hills at Belleek Woods in Ballina, County Mayo last Sunday.

The weather was quickly forgotten as Longford Athletics Club had a marvellous start to the day with Rachel Keenan becoming U11 Girls Connacht Champion. Rachel set off at a blistering pace hot on the heels of the leader and almost immediately they both opened up a lead. Rachel held her position until about 100 meters to go where she kicked for home passing the leader and becoming 2018 U11 Girls Connacht Champion. Emma Brennan ran with great determination and a battling spirit coming home not far behind Rachel near the front of the race in an excellent 14th position. Both girls ran on Day One a year ahead in the U12 race and this strategy gave them increased confidence for their excellent performances on Day Two.



Rachel Keenan, the new Connacht Champion, stands proudly on the podium to receive her 1st place Gold Connacht medal in the U11 girls 1500m cross country in Ballina on November 11th, 2018

Senan McWeeney was our only competitor in the U11 Boys 1500m race. This was Senan’s first Club cross country race and he ran hard from the off and showed he has the determination needed for tough cross country racing. Sian Gallagher and Evie O’Rourke Grant both ran in the U13 Girls 2500m race. Sian ran strongly and was always well up in the first half of runners finishing in 25th place. Evie showed her determination working hard all the way to the finish on such a challenging day. Kenagh’s Stephen McGinity ran in the U13 Boys race of nearly 60 runners. He got stuck in from the start and battled hard to finish well positioned in 36th place.

Kate Hagan raced in the very competitive U15 Girls 3500m race with many of the top athletes she ran against last week. Kate started in the middle of the pack and gradually worked herself up into a leading group of six. This strong group ran together pulling well clear of everybody else. The group began to stretch out with just over a lap remaining with Kate working hard to finish in an excellent 5th place. This achievement sees her qualify through to the national finals in both U15 and U16 age groups.

The U15 Girls 3500m race as they take on the rolling hills at Belleek Woods in Ballina with Longford AC’s Kate Hagan well positioned to take 5th place and qualify for Nationals.

Last up for Longford AC was Jack Gallagher in the U15 Boys race. Jack set his stall out from the gun leading the race out over the first 800m. Jack consolidated his position over the next lap running just behind the leader. The final third of the race became a real of test of resilience for Jack, his early exertions were beginning to take their toll and Jack slipped back to 4th position. Jack showed great character and no small amount of determination to surge again and reclaim 3rd place and an excellent finish on the podium to claim Connacht Bronze.


Jack Gallagher ran a very determined race to win Connacht Bronze in the U15 Boys 3500m cross country

Longford was happy with their results over the course of the two days of the Connacht Cross Country Championships with Rachel Keenan, Kate Hagan and Cian McPhillips all doing the double to qualify for Athletics Ireland Nationals in their own age groups as well as the year ahead as well as Jack Gallagher qualifying this week for U15 Boys.

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.

Connacht Primary Schools Cross Country results

View results here

Co Longford Primary Schools Cross Country Championships Report

County Longford Primary Schools Cross Country Championships hosted by Longford Athletics Club 29th September 2018 at Moyne Community School

The Annual County Longford Primary Schools Cross Country Championships hosted by Longford Athletics Club were held last Saturday, 29th September 2018, at Moyne Community School. 201 children representing 15 national schools from across the county took part.

Scoil Mhuire, Newtownforbes is the 2018 winner of the Harry Farrell Perpetual Shield. The school had the highest score for individual top 20 finishers across the four races as well as winning one set of Gold and three sets of Silver team medals. After finished in 2nd place for the last two years this is well earned.

St. Teresa’s National School, Killoe – 2nd place

St Mel’s National School, Ardagh – 3rd place

St. Sinneach’s Mixed National School, Colehill – 4th place


3rd\4th Class Girls 800m race

3rd\4th Class Boys 800m race

5th\6th Class Girls 1000m race

5th\6th Class Boys 1000m race

Secondary Schools 1st\2nd Year


girls 3rd 4th class race

The first 10 girls across the line in the Annual Co. Longford Primary Schools Cross Country Championships 3rd\4th class girls 800m race on 29th September 2018 at Moyne.

boys 3rd-4th class race

3rd\4th class boys pictured after running 800m cross country at Moyne, September 2018


The 5th\6th class girls individual medallists pictured after running the 1000m race at the Co. Longford Primary Schools Cross Country Championships at Moyne on 29th September 2018

5th 6th class boys

Co. Longford Primary Schools Cross Country Championships, the top 10 individual finishers in the 5th\6th class boys race on 29th September 2018 at Moyne Community School

The individual cross country medallists in the 1st\2nd year secondary school girls 1600m race, 29th September 2018 at Moyne

1st 2nd year boys

The Moyne Community School team pictured after the 1st\2nd year boys 2000m cross country race on Saturday 29th September 2018 at Moyne

National Track and Field Championships, Tullamore

On Sunday a number of Longford AC athletes that had progressed through Connacht competed in day 3 of the National Juvenile Track and Field Championships in Tullamore…. [Read More]

Schools International Athletics, Grangemouth Stadium, Scotland

The Schools International Athletics took place on Saturday July 14th, 2018 in Grangemouth Stadium in Scotland. Longford Athletic Club were represented by three athletes, possibly the only club in Ireland with 3 team members…. [Read More]

Irish Life Health National Juvenile Games

1st July 2018 at Tullamore Harriers Stadium

Well done to Longford Athletics Club’s U11 Girls Rachel Keenan (Ardagh), Aibhe Foley (Melview) and Grace Kelly (Rooskey) who competed in Tullamore last weekend in the Athletics Ireland National Juvenile Games. Their performances in early June at the Connacht Outdoor Championships gave them the opportunity to go forward to Nationals in this annual paired event…. [Read More]

Annual Midlands 4 Counties Track and Field Championships 2018

18th May 2018 at Tullamore Harriers Stadium

As posted on Facebook by Offaly Athletics: With glorious weather and perfect conditions for running and competing, the annual Midlands 4 Counties Track and Field event provided some super competition this evening. Juveniles, their families and coaches travelled from the counties of Laois, Longford, Offaly and Westmeath to participate in this ever popular meet.

This is Longford AC’s 7th year to take part in the Midlands Counties competition. Well done to the 37 Juveniles in U9-14 age groups that travelled to Tullamore and took part in all the events on offer. A total of 31 medals were won by Longford AC (12 Gold, 10 Silver, 9 Bronze).

The breakdown is as follows: Long Jump =7 medals, Turbo Javelin = 5 medals, Shot Putt = 3 medals
Sprints = 7 medals, Middle Distance = 9 medals


u10: 3rd joint Ella Duggan, 3rd joint Ailbhe Mulligan
u11:1st Clara Forbes
u13: 2nd Ailbhe Brady
u14: 1st Caoimhe Crossan, 1st Kieran Coyle, 2nd David Masterson

u9: 3rd Sinead Masterson
u10: 1st Ailbhe Mulligan, 3rd Roisin Reilly
u11: 1st Ciara Forbes , 2nd Maria Hayden

u13: 2nd Sian Gallagher, 3rd Ailbhe Brady
u14: 1st Kieran Coyle

u9 60m: 1st Isabella Masterson, 1st Calum Cooke
u10 60m: 2nd Ailbhe Mulligan
u11 80m: 3rd Rachel Keenan
u12 80m: 2nd Aoife Farrell
u14 100m: 1st Kieran Coyle, 2nd David Masterson

u9 300m: 2nd Sinead Masterson, 3rd Blaithin Coffey, 1st Calum Cooke
u10 500m: 2nd Ailbhe Mulligan, 3rd Ellen Finn
u11 600m: 1st Rachel Keenan, 3rd Clara Forbes
u14 800m: 1st Kieran Coyle, 2nd David Masterson

6th Annual Longford Primary Schools’ Relay Races

Hosted by Longford Athletic Club
At Clonguish GAA Grounds, Newtownforbes on Friday 27th April 2018

This was the 6th year that Longford Athletic Club has hosted the Relay Races and we had the largest participation to date with 502 children running in the relays and subs races.

13 primary schools across the county took part:
St Mel’s NS, Ardagh; Scoil Samhthann, Ballinalee; St Matthew’s NS, Ballymahon; St Sinneach’s NS, Colehill; St Colmcille NS; St Patrick’s NS, Dromard; St Mary’s NS, Edgeworthstown; St Teresa’s NS, Killoe; St Dominic’s NS, Kenagh; Melview NS; St Mary’s NS, Newtowncashel; Scoil Mhuire NS, Newtownforbes; Tashinny NS

Congratulations to St Mary’s NS, Edgeworthstown on winning the Ray Flynn trophy for the best overall school for the 3rd year in a row. 2nd place St Teresa’s NS, Killoe and 3rd place Scoil Mhuire NS, Newtownforbes.

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U9-11 Indoor Competition

Hosted by Roscommon County Athletics

14 April 2018 at Athlone IT Indoor Arena

A fantastic day was had by all at the Annual Roscommon, Leitrim & Longford U9-11 Indoor Competition on Saturday 14th April 2018 with 29 children from Longford AC taking part. They all got the opportunity to try out all 4 events: sprint, middle distance, long jump and turbo javelin. For some of the kids this was their first time represented Longford AC and what baptism they had with medals galore!

A total of 29 children from Longford Ac took part…. [Read More]