Events

North West Games 2019 – for Athletes 10+

The 5th Annual NORTH WEST INDOOR GAMES takes place on Saturday December 28th, 2019 at AIT Indoor Arena. All Clubs in Connacht have been invited to take part. 

View following document for more details:

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Important:

Note that the organisers for the event are only allowing particular counties take part in the u12 60m sprint and u12 60m hurdles. Longford AC children can NOT take part in these events. 

Please note that last years event was a very long day. We had close to 10 athletes taking part, and many were there from early morning until late evening. This is a particular problem if your child is taking part in sprints and then has to hang around for a middle distance event typically held later in the day.

The first event starts at 10am, detailed timetable and order of events will be issued a few days before. The Events are based on 2019 age groups (*you can move up a year for more challenge!)

Deadline for Longford AC entries is 9pm on Thursday December 12th.

If your child is interested to compete please email longfordac@gmail.com with child’s name, date of birth and events they want to enter (maximum is 3 events).

This competition is optional and is a pre-season warm up!

Important: Information for Parents of Our Young Athletes

Hello all parents of children involved in athletics,

A few important things to pass on to you all as we come to the end of the year.

Club AGM Sunday December 1st at the Longford Arms Hotel at 6pm

The Club is expanding and this is the opportunity for ALL our members to give their input for planning the year ahead. More adult volunteers are essential for coaching and administrative roles for 2020. Please get involved!

We absolutely need 2-3 more parents to take an active role at Little Athletics on Friday evenings as some of the coaches are going to move to the outdoor group in January with their own children. It is very plain, if there are not enough adult volunteers then Little Athletics won’t go ahead. Garda Vetting and Safe Guarding child protection workshop must be completed before Jan 1st….

Annual Churchgate Collection: weekend of 23rd\24th November across the whole County. We need help to cover as many churches as possible, please don’t shy away from this local fundraising opportunity; ALL hands are needed! Text Mick O’Hara 087-8214921 to let him know which church you can collect at.

Free training for adult volunteers in coaching: Athletics Leader coach training workshop, Wednesday December 4th (9:30am- 3:30pm) in Edgeworthstown totally FREE delivered by the Connacht Development Officer. The usual cost is 60 and is rarely offered in Longford! This is the first step on the coaching pathway and will give confidence to parents involved for 1st time coaching. Please reply back ASAP to secure a place, its FREE!

Update on search to get facilities – the Task Force set up last year has been very busy meeting with politicians and the County Council and applying for funding, the latest details will be given at the AGM

Raffle Ticket Sales- All members and their families are encouraged to turn in completed ticket books they have sold with the corresponding money to Mick\Sean any Friday evening at Little Athletics training. Hold on to any unsold books and keep at it as the draw is not until January 2020. Online option to purchase tickets is on the Club website so even family and friends in America, England, ect…can buy a ticket and be in with a chance to win the grand prize money!

Registration for 2020 – in late December a link will be sent to all present and past members to complete the form online and an evening to pay will be held in early January. Club membership is for the entire calendar year Jan 1st to Dec 31st.

Important Dates for 2020: indoor track training will be scheduled at AIT in January for juveniles who will turn 11 years old and older and want to compete in indoor T&F

8th Jan 2020 Indoor Combined Events (Ages 13-18 only) at AIT

25th Jan 2020 National Indoor Junior (ages 16-19 years old) and U23 Championships at AIT

8th Feb 2020 National Juvenile “B” & Relays Cross Country

22nd Feb 2020 Connacht Indoor T&F competition only for children who will be age 11 and 12 years in 2019 (born 2009 and 2008)

23rd Feb 2020 Connacht Indoor T&F competition for all children aged 13+

Change of Venue: Connacht National Schools Cross Country / Leg 1 of the Senior League

Please note that the Connacht National Schools Cross Country competition and Leg 1 of the Senior League will take place on Sunday 13th October, 12 noon, at Moyne Community School in Longford.

Ray Flynn Mile

Tuesday September 3rd, 7:30pm

Individual 1st M/F 1st U16 M/F
St Mels College Longford
Tuesday Sept 3rd 7:30pm
Register from 6pm

Individual Runners €5
Teams of 3 €15

The race will start and finish in St Mel’s College on a flat loop up Ballinalee Road, thru College Park and in the back entrance to the College. It is chip timed with prizes for 1st man\woman and 1st U16 boy\girl. Novelty team prizes (3 per team) for the quickest company, quickest family and quickest sports club (non-running). Pacers from 6 minutes down to 12 minutes.

We are hoping for a very big turnout at this fun event with all ages and abilities welcome on the starting line.

Online registration on www.popupraces.ie

There will be a Q&A session with Irish Mile record holder and former Olympian Ray Flynn immediately after the race. Tea will be served.

Longford Athletics Club Fundraising Launch night

This Monday June 17th is a milestone event for Longford Athletics Club. That evening we are launching a major fundraising campaign to raise funds for a new indoor athletics centre.

As you know the club is in the process of submitting an application for 200,000 euro in funding from LCRL. The club needs to bring a certain amount of funding to the table to secure the EU funding.

As such it is vital that all members get involved in the fundraising process, the main element of which is a raffle with first prize of 20,000 euro! 

All club members, seniors and juniors, parents and friends of the club are strongly encouraged to attend.

Athletics Ireland CEO Hamish Adams will be there for the launch. 

So see you all this Monday at 8.30pm in the Longford Arms Hotel.

 

Upcoming Events for Seniors

June
Connacht Track & Field Championships
Abbeyshrule 5k/10k
Strokestown 5k/10k

July
Rooskey 5k, Roscommon 10 mile
Mullingar 10 mile, Ros Run Sliabh Ban

August
Longford Marathon (5k, Half, Full, Ultra, Relay), Breffni Challenge, National
Masters Track & Field Championships

September
Lough Sheelin 16 mile

October
Tarmonbarry Half & 3/4 Marathon
Dublin Marathon

October & November
Connacht Cross Country League

Fionnuala Britton will run in Annual Longford AC 10k Race

Fionnuala Britton has confirmed she will run in the Annual Longford AC 10K race on Sunday March 10th. The 3 time Irish Olympian and European Cross Country Champion is in training for the elite field of the Boston Marathon.

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

Fionnuala Britton, Ireland, celebrates her victory after she won gold in the European Senior Women’s Cross Country Championships event. SPAR European Cross Country Championships, Szentendre, Budapest, Hungary. Picture credit: Barry Cregg / SPORTSFILE ©SPORTSFILE

Cross Country Fixtures 2018

Co. Longford Primary Schools Cross Country Championships, includes a race for 1st\2nd year secondary school students  (NO senior race this year)

Saturday 29th September 2018 at Moyne Community School. Races start at 5pm sharp

Distances: 3rd/4th Class 800m, 5th/6th Class 1000m (1st/2nd  year Girls 1600m, Boys 2000m)

Connacht Primary Schools Cross Country Championships

Saturday 13th October 2018 at Bushfield, Loughrea, Galway. Races start at 12 noon sharp

Distances: 3rd/4th Class 1000m, 5th/6th Class 1200m.

AND Senior Leg 1 Senior league, women and O65 men 4km, men 8km, start time approx. 1.30pm women, 2.00pm men. From the AGM in 2017 it was decided to include a separate masters club team category alongside the open team category. It was felt that the age for the masters would make a better competition if it were increased to 40. When entering the League athletes must declare their category and then they cannot change it for the rest of the competition and they are only eligible to point in that category. All athletes must be over 18 to run in the league. Men over 65 can choose to run 4km as an individual or 8km to point for a team. Novice- must not have previously won an individual medal in the Connacht competition. Senior/Open- must be over 18. Masters- over 40.  No entry on the day.

Connacht Even Ages (U12 born 2007, U14 born 2005, U16 born 2003, U18 born 2001)

AND Senior Leg 2 approx. 2pm women (likely in conjunction with the U18’s), 2.30pm men. Same info as Leg 1.  No entry on the day.

Sunday 4th November 2018 at Sligo Racecourse, races start at 12 noon

For Club Team: 4-6 athletes to run with 4 to score, County Team: 6-10 athletes to run with 6 to score

Medals: First 12 individuals plus first 3 teams

U12 (born 2007) – 2000m U14 (born 2005) – 3000m

U16 (born 2003) – 4000m U18 (born 2001) Girls – 4000m, Boys – 6000m

Connacht Uneven Ages (U11 born 2008, U13 born 2006, U15 born 2004, U17 born 2002)

AND Senior Leg 3 approx. 2pm women (likely in conjunction with the U18’s), 2.30pm men. Same info as Leg 1.  No entry on the day.

Sunday 11th November 2018 at Belleek Woods, Ballina, County Mayo

For Club Team: 4-6 athletes to run with 4 to score, County Team: 6-10 athletes to run with 6 to score

Medals: First 12 individuals plus first 3 teams

U11 (born 2008) – 1500m U13 (born 2006) – 2500m

U15 (born 2004) – 3500m U17 (born 2002) Girls – 4000m, Boys – 5000m

 Cross Country Nationals:

Sunday 25th November 2018, National Even Ages, Seniors, Juniors Cross Country, at National Sports Campus,  Abbottstown, Dublin

Saturday 15th December 2018, National Uneven Ages, Novice Cross Country – Navan Adventure Centre, Navan racecourse

Sunday 3rd February 2019, National Intermediate, Masters, Juvenile ‘B’ Cross Country and Relays, at National Sports Campus,  Abbottstown, Dublin