Application Form for new Juvenile Members

New Juvenile Membership form can be downloaded here. 

Longford AC Registration Form 2018

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 Connacht Qualifiers from Longford Primary Schools Cross Country

Connacht Primary Schools Cross Country Championship,  Saturday 21st October at St Brigid’s GAA, Kiltoom, Co. Roscommon

Races start at 12.00 noon sharp so schools should plan to arrive by 11:15am to collect their numbers, walk the course and stretch\warm up before the starting time.

Directions can be found at www.stbrigids.gaa.ie

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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Ray Flynn Tribute Mile, 2 October 2017

Longford AC Juveniles were out in force on Monday 2nd October to take part in the Ray Flynn Tribute Mile. The event was organised by Irish Runner and the Liam Fenelon of the Longford Marathon Committee to celebrate the 35th Anniversary of Ray Flynn’s Irish mile record that still stands today, 3:49.77 minutes set on July 7, 1982 in Oslo at the Bislett Games.

A large crowd of 122 runners, including Ray Flynn and Enda Fitzpatrick, took to the starting line on the Ballinalee Road finishing at the Cathderal.  Running a paced mile was a new experience for nearly all the juveniles, following more experienced pace setters at 5, 6, 7 and 8 minute times. Its not every Monday night that members of Longford AC get the opportunity to run with a local legend who is a 2 time Olympian and Irish record holder!

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Essential Info for upcoming Cross Country 2017

Primary Schools XC Races

Individuals and teams of up to 6 runners (4 to score)

Girls/Boys 3rd & 4th Classes (Junior) Co. Longford race 800m

Girls/Boys 5th & 6th Classes (Senior) Co. Longford race 1000m

Club Cross Country Distances

Individuals, Club teams 6 to run with 4 to score, County teams 10 to run with 6 to score

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

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

 

2017 Cross Country Fixtures:

Sat 30th September registration 4pm, races start @5pm sharp, Co. Longford Primary Schools Cross Country, races 3-4th classes, 5-6th classes. Also open 1st\2nd year secondary school race plus adult Cross Country Races, Moyne Community School, Co. Longford

Sat 14th OR 21st October, Connacht Primary Schools Cross Country (and Senior League #1), Roscommon, venue and date to be confirmed

Sun 29th October, Connacht Even Ages Cross Country (and Senior League #2), hosted by Leitrim to be run in Calry, Co. Sligo     *to qualify for Nationals Sun 26th Nov

Sun 5th November, Connacht Uneven Ages (and Senior League #3), at Moyne Community School, Co. Longford     *to qualify for Nationals Sun 17th Dec

Sun 26th November Even Ages National Championships, Senior & Junior, Abbotstown, Dublin

Sun 17th December Uneven Ages National Championships, Novice, TBC

Feb 2018 Juvenile ‘B’ XC and XC relays, Adult Intermediate & Masters XC

Indoor Athletics training for teenage members

Starting Monday September 11th we are going to have a weekly indoor strength and conditioning session with sprint drills in the gymnasium at The Mall only for juveniles that are in secondary school (MUST be age 12+ years old).  Every Monday, 8-9pm, cost €10 for 4 weeks. We are only collecting the money once a month so you have to pay the full €10 on that night in order to take part for the first 4 sessions. 

Outdoor training at The Mall resumes on Friday September 8th and will be every Friday evening 7-8pm running on the grass and paths. We plan to book sessions on the indoor track at AIT for once per month. Attending both nights is highly recommended to build up fitness over the Fall\Winter to be ready for Indoor competition in February. It takes months to get in top form not afew weeks! Each of you can have an idea what events you want to work for and bring all your questions about what you need to be doing in training to the first session on Monday September 11th and we can work on training plans for sprinters, 200m, middle distance, cross country.

Cian Mc Phillips wins his 1st International Gold at Celtic Games 2017

5th August 2017 at Morton Stadium, Santry

Each year the best athletic talent from the Celtic nations of Ireland, Scotland and Wales gather on a rotating basis in one of the countries to compete at U16 and U18 level.  The selection for the Irish team members is based on outstanding performances from the recent summer National Juvenile Track and Field Championships. The U18 boys\girls teams compete across the complete range of disciplines in track and field with a total 40 athletes selected to represent Ireland on the senior panel.  The U16 teams compete in a smaller number of events with only 6 boys and 5 girls chosen for the Irish junior squad. Each event earns points towards overall team performance, 5 points for the winner, 3 for second and 1 point for third. The host nation is also allowed enter a development squad in each age group which is essentially the National ‘B’ team. Cian Mc Phillips as the National U16 Champion in 800m was selected on the Ireland team which was a great honour for the club, his family and himself.

Because the 800m event was common to both age groups the U18 and U16 boys ran in the same race thus creating what was effectively two races on the track with the primary target of winning points for Team Ireland at U16 and U18 level.

As would be expected the U18 boys took the race out but the U16 boys with Cian in the lead stayed in close contact with them. The pace picked up considerably at the bell for the final lap and the gaps quickly appeared. As in the Athletics Ireland National final a few weeks ago Cian controlled the inside but not knowing what to expect from the Scottish and Welsh athletes he saved his sprint finish until the last 100m. His finishing pace easily took care of the opposition and such was his speed that he passed out the reigning Irish U18 champion in the finishing straight. His time of 1.57.33 was a new personal best by over three seconds and only missed the Celtic Games record by 0.16 of a second. David Mc Nair from Scotland finished 2nd, Irish Development Squad athlete Tommy Connolly in 3rd and the Welsh athlete, David Locke, in 4th place.

The 5 points for the win ensured that the Irish U16 boys team also won the team event. Cian was in fact the only Irish middle distance runner on any of the Irish age groups to record a win on the day such was the level of completion across all the nations. Team Ireland performed extremely well at The Celtic Games across the board winning in the three of the four team categories, U16 boys, U18 girls and boys, and 2nd place in U16 girls.

This finally brings a very successful season to an equally successful conclusion. It has been a great honour for the club to be represented at International level at The Celtic Games for the 2nd year in a row and to come away with a great win for Team Ireland. Last year Longford athlete Nelvin Appiah brought home Silver in the U16 High jump at 1.79m. Cian has worked very hard over a number of years and especially over the last year. A huge amount of credit goes to the club coaches who work so hard week in and week out with Cian and all the athletes in the club, to the Connaught Performance Squad and Joe Ryan. There are a number of other athletes in the club who have shown over the course of the season that they are getting closer to a podium finish at national level and eventually an Irish call up. Hard work and dedication through the winter months is very often the secret to a successful track season and that hard work will begin again in September. In the meantime the club would like to wish all the Longford representatives in the upcoming National Community Games Finals in Abbottstown all the best of luck and especially all our club members competing in the athletics.

Cian McPhillips on the Athletics Ireland podium at Morton Stadium, Santry as he received his first medal at international level last Saturday when he won the U16 Boys 800m with a superb new personal best time of 1:57.33 minute. 2nd place David Mc Nair, Scotland, 3rd place Tommy Connolly, Irish Development Squad and 4th place David Locke, Wales.

Longford Athletic Club U16 runner Cian McPhillips pictured with his first medal at international level at The Celtic Games  2017 in Morton Stadium. The distinctive medal has symbols to represent the three nations competing at the annual event, Ireland, Scotland and Wales, which was held in Dublin last Saturday.

 

 

 

Irish Life Health National Juvenile Track and Field Championships 2017

16th July 2017, Day 3 at Tullamore, 200m and 1500m races

Day 3 of the Irish Life Health National Juvenile Track and Field Championships in Tullamore brought the curtain down on the T&F season for Longford AC. After the highs of the heroics in the National Indoors in Athlone last April, there was a realistic expectation that those heroics could be repeated again in the outdoors in Tullamore. In the end a medal haul of one gold and one silver medal was a disappointing return for the club but there was enough evidence of individual improvement to suggest that more medals can be won in the future.

The final day started with the heats of the 200m and the club were very well represented with athletes qualified to run in four different age groups. Christopher Conaty was first up in the U15 boys 200m. His time of 27.01 was very respectable but just missed out on a place in the final eight by coming in 9th overall. Christopher thus brought a very successful season to an end with the highlight being a 4th place finish in the indoor 800m and a silver medal in the 4X200m relay. Next up was Killian Rawle another member of that silver medal winning relay team. His time of 24.64 seconds was once again just shy of qualifying for the U16 Boys final but Killian has continued to make very good progress this season and now knows what needs to be done to take that final step up to the finals. Gospel Idahor ran a fantastic heat in the U17 girls 200m and qualified automatically for the final. While her run in the final was a little disappointing, Gospel has come on in leaps and bounds and appeared in four national finals in the same season harvesting a wealth of experience and knowledge and she has a new awareness that the podium is not very far off. The final club representative in the 200m was Nelvin Appiah who came into the race as the Indoor U17 Boys 200m Champion but also recovering from an injury picked up in the previous couple of weeks. The old sparkle was back as he recorded a comfortable 2nd place in his heat to easily qualify for the final. The break in training however cost him precious tenths of seconds in the final and on this occasion he had to be happy with a 4th place finish. However this was a great year for Nelvin with an individual gold medal and a relay team silver medal to add to his collection.

Next up were the two 1500m representatives, Joe Reilly and Cian Mc Phillips. Joe competed in the U15 boys 1500m having finished a very commendable 8th place in the 800m the previous week. This race was run at a manic pace from the gun and all plans and tactics went out the window as survival was what most competitors were thinking of coming into the final lap. In the end Joe ran a strong last lap but found the early pace had caused general carnage throughout the field with most athletes collapsing across the finish line. This was again a good learning experience for Joe and the upcoming cross country season will give him an opportunity to work on his endurance for next season. The final Longford competitor was Cian Mc Phillips in the U16 boys 1500m. Unlike Joe’s race, the early laps in the U16 race were more tactical with athletes watching each other and working themselves into a good position for the final lap. In the end the race really exploded into life at the start of the final 400m lap. The bell sounded to Sean Donoghue Celtic DCH (Dublin) and Cian unleashing a serious injection of pace which immediately left the rest of the field floundering in their wake. This shoulder to shoulder battle was almost identical to the previous week where Cian had won the 800m title in similar circumstances. With 100m left to race, it was Donoghue who got his shoulder in front and held on to win with Cian having to settle for the silver medal. While he was disappointed it was still a great championships for him with a gold and silver medal in his two events to add to the gold in the indoors and a silver in the U16 4X200m relay. That brought the T&F season to a conclusion for the club with the only remaining event being the Celtic Games in Morton Stadium in August where Cian Mc Phillips will represent Ireland in the 800m event.

Coaches Donal Mulligan and Paddy McPhillips with some of the Longford Athletics Club competitors in 200m and 1500m events on Day 3 of the Irish Life Health National Juvenile Outdoor Track & Field Championships 2017 at Tullamore. Pictured during the afternoon break are Christopher Conaty, Nelvin Appiah, Rachel Mulligan, Sarah McPhillips, Gospel Idahor and Joe Reilly, missing from the photo are Cian McPhillips and Killian Rawle.