County Longford Primary Schools’ Cross Country Championships

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Saturday 24th September 2016

 At Moyne Community School

Hosted by Longford AC

County Longford Primary Schools’ Cross Country Championships 2016 and the 1st Annual Men’s and Women’s Combined Open Cross Country Hosted by Longford Athletic Club held 24th September 2016, at the Moyne Community School.
14 national schools took part, with over 80 Longford children qualifying for the Connacht Championships in Sligo in October
Report by Leslie Finnan, Juvenile PRO
The Annual County Longford Primary Schools’ Cross Country Championships 2016 hosted by Longford Athletic Club were held on September 24th, at the Moyne Community School. 14 national schools from across the County took part giving 200 children in 3rd -6th classes the opportunity to participate.
Despite the very heavy rain earlier in the day the course held up and the programme went off very well with the children and their families enjoying the evening races. By now this event is well known on the national school calendar as is evident by the number of schools that take part. The organising committee of the Longford Athletic Club was delighted to see so many children get the opportunity to be active with their friends and classmates as they took to the starting line to run for their school.
Medals were presented on the spot to the first ten individuals across the finish line in each race. Sian Gallagher, Ardagh, won the first race on the programme, the 3rd & 4th Class Girls 800m from a line-up of 54 runners. Her strong lead and 7th place finish by young Rachel Keenan only in 3rd class, brought the silver team medals home to Ardagh. Only a few students from Tashinny School made the journey to Moyne but they made their presence known as they managed to have an individual runner in the top 10 in every race with Carly Food taking individual Silver.
Conor McHugh, Stonepark, won Gold in the junior boys’ race; and together with Patrick Clancy lead his classmates to the set of 1st place team medals. Enda Quinn, Killoe, won the individual Silver in the largest race of the day with 60 contenders. Kate Hagan, Newtownforbes, made winning look easy in the senior girls’ 1000m race. The season only begins with the schools’ race so we can expect to hear more about Kate in the coming months as she has experience on her side competing in Connacht and National cross country at Club level last year. Rosie Flannagan, Stonepark, gave strong challenge to capture the individual Silver bringing home a medal for the fourth year in a row. Eoin Kiernan, Legan, won the final race of 51 boys in the 5th & 6th Class 1000m. Conor Smith, Newtownforbes, gave his all to take the Silver.
After the results for team placings and scoring for the Harry Farrell Perpetual Shield were compiled five schools received a visit from members of Longford AC juvenile section to present the teams medals. Congratulations to St. Theresa’s NS, Killoe leading the way with two 1st place teams, one 2nd place and one 3rd place team, as well as the most top 20 finishers overall. Scoil Mhuire, Newtownforbes is also commended on their genuine school wide effort coming in a close 2nd place overall with two teams winning silver and two teams winning bronze. Stonepark, Ardagh and Colehill were also prominent on the scoreboard.
The top ten finishers as well as the 1st, 2nd and 3rd place teams in each race all qualify to go forward to the Connaught Primary Schools Championships on Saturday 15 October 2016 in Sligo. All schools have received this information and it will be posted on longfordac.com for parents to check.
Longford AC extend an invitation to all the children that qualified for the next level to join us for training every Friday, 7-8pm, outdoors at The Mall.
The Secondary School 1st/2nd year race is slowly gaining popularity with full teams in both the girls 1600m and boys 2K from Moyne and Mercy, Ballymahon taking part as well as individual runners from Lanesboro Community College and St. Mel’s College. Cross country running demands endurance, strength and speed and this training can be a great way to start off the new school year getting students active and increasing fitness.
As the students finished it was time to introduce a new event – Combined Open Cross Country for adult runners: Junior, Senior and Over 40s. It attracted a very talented field with runners Michelle McGee, Barry Sheil and Adriana Melia all doing well in the Women’s’ 4K and Men’s 6K. It is expected that a positive recommendation from all that took part will help the event grow in 2017.

County Longford Primary Schools Cross Country Championships 2016
Held on Saturday 24 Sept 2016 at Moyne Community School
Team Results
1st Place- Gold2nd Place- Silver3rd Place- Bronze4th5th6th7th
3rd & 4th Class GirlsKilloe         (6,9,11,12=38)Ardagh     (1,7,16,17=41)Newtownforbes    (3,4,8,35=50)EdgeworthstownBallymahonColehillStonepark
3rd & 4th Class BoysStonepark (1,3,8,12=24)Killoe (2,7,11,28=48)Newtownforbes    (5,16,18,19=58)BallymahonColehillArdaghStonepark
5th & 6th Class GirlsColehill (3,4,8,25=40)Newtownforbes (1,10,12,19=42)Ardagh (5,9,15,20=49)Killoe
5th & 6th Class BoysKilloe         (3,4,5,9=21)Newtownforbes (2,8,10,16=36)Killoe (14,18,19,24=75)ColehillTashinnyNewtownforbesLegan
1st & 2nd Years Secondary School GirlsMoyne CS    (2,3,4,8=17)Mercy, Ballymahon (1,6,7,10=24)
1st & 2nd Years Secondary School BoysMoyne CS ‘A’          (1,3,4,5=13)Mercy, Ballymahon (2,8,11,12=33)Moyne CS ‘B’   (7,9,10,15=41)
Harry Farrell Perpetual Shield for Best School 2016
198 children took part, representing 14 national schools in the County
result based on top 20 finishers in each race and points for team placings
1st Killoe
2nd Newtownforbes
3rd Stonepark
4th Ardagh
5th Colehill
Tashinny, Edgeworthtown, Legan, Fermoyle, Ballymahon, Ballinalee, Cloontagh & Colmcille schools all made a showing on the score board