Results/Reports

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.

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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.

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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

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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.

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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.

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.

 

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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.

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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

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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

Results

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

Photos

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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.

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

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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

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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

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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]