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+

Cross Country Championships 2019 – Dates & venues for Club Races

To enter please send name, Date of birth and list the venue you want to enter to longfordac@gmail.com   Juvenile members can run in both events, one in your correct age and the other running a year ahead. Any questions contact Leslie (mobile 087-7960476)

You must have 4 runners in the same age group to form a team

Entry deadline Saturday October 26, 2019

Connacht Even Ages & Senior League Leg 2

Hosted by Leitrim County Board

Date: Sunday, 3rd November 2019

Time: Starts 12 noon Sharp

Venue: St. Josephs GAA Club, Hazelwood Road (R286), Calry, Sligo

Race Distances


U12 Born 2008 = 2000m

U14 Born 2006= 3000m

U16 Born 2004= 4000m

U18 Born 2002= 4000m Girls \ 6000m Boys

Junior= 4000m Girls \ 6000m Boys

Novice, Senior, Masters= 4000m Women \ 8000m Men

O65 Men= 4000m

Connacht Uneven Ages & Senior League Leg 3

Hosted by Moy Valley AC and the Mayo County Board

Date: Sunday, 10th November 2019

Time: Starts 12 noon Sharp

Venue: Belleek Woods, Ballina, Co. Mayo

**This race was originally scheduled to be held in Moyne but venue was switched as Longford hosted the Connacht Primary Schools races on Oct 13th instead

Connacht Primary Schools Cross Country 2019 Report

28th September 2019 at Moyne Community School


Race Report

There was a noticeable increase in participation at this year’s County Longford Primary Schools Cross Country Championships held on 28th September on the grounds of Moyne Community School. The course was in good condition despite the recent rain and families enjoyed the competitive atmosphere cheering on all the runners as they came to the finish line.

The Annual event hosted by Longford Athletics Club is a firm favourite on the autumn school calendar with over 250 children representing sixteen national schools taking part. Cross country fits in well with schools that are implementing The Daily Mile initiative promoted by Athletics Ireland to get all school children outside running for 15 minutes every day.

In early September Frank Greally, Athletics Ireland’s Ambassador for The Daily Mile, and Ray Flynn, two time Olympian and Irish mile record holder visited Longford and spoke to children about the benefits they will gain from taking part: feeling healthier and fitter, and more able to concentrate in the classroom.

The Harry Farrell Perpetual Shield for the school with the highest score for individual top 20 finishers across the four races as well as team points went to St. Mel’s National School Ardagh. Having last won the Shield in 2015 they put in a very strong showing winning 4 sets of team medals, Silver in both junior races and Gold in both senior races.

Scoil Mhuire, Newtownforbes was close behind taking 2nd place with numerous top twenty finishers in every race as well as winning one set of Gold, Silver and Bronze team medals. The 3rd and 4th class boys in Fermoyle earned top points in their race taking the set of Gold team medals to help their school secure the 3rd place trophy.

Sian Gallagher, Mercy Ballmahon, won the secondary schools race for 1st\2nd year girls, leading from the start and together with teammates Aisling Lane, Katie Duignan and Evie Grant secured the set of Gold medals as well. The Moyne Community School team took Silver.

All of the individual and team medallist qualify for the Connacht Primary Schools Championships that will be hosted by Longford AC at Moyne, and will be sent out to all schools. The 5th\6th class and secondary school medallists are invited to compete in the Inter Country race for Longford and Offaly on Friday, 4th October, at Tullamore Harriers Stadium at 7pm.


A selection of photos of medallists at this year’s Connacht Primary Schools Cross Country.

Reminder: Return Raffle Tickets This Week

Just a reminder to all members that we are asking for sold books of raffle tickets to be returned by this Friday October 18th. We are trying to finalise our funding application so it is vitally important that we have a clear picture of the level of ticket sales to date.  Please bring sold books along to training in the Mall this Friday, or you can contact Sean at 087 2639825 to arrange collection.

longford ac raffle

Some of our younger club members out-and-about selling tickets for the Longford AC raffle.

FREE Training on Offer for Coaches

4th Dec Athletics Leader Training 9:30am-3:30pm
Venue: St Mary’s Community Centre, Edgeworthstown, Co. Longford
Email: ldoylecommunitysportshub@gmail.com

For all our newest volunteers the Athletics Leader Training course is being delivered by our own Connacht Development Officer and he will give you a great intro to coaching. We realise that this is during the day time but the other options are much further away in Dublin, Limerick, Cork, Kildare, etc… and are very rarely in Longford.

It would be of real benefit to you if you want to get more involved and this is your first time coaching. 



Volunteers Needed for Connaught Primary Schools

The club is hosting the Connaught Primary Schools this Sunday  at 12 noon in Moyne Community School. We need volunteers to help ensure the day runs smoothly. If you can help in any way please email longfordac@gmail.com.

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.

Co. Longford Primary Schools Cross Country Results 2019

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

Team Results

Connacht Qualifiers

Essential Info for upcoming Cross Country 2019

Primary Schools XC Races for national school children in 3rd-6th classes

Annual Co. Longford Primary Schools Cross Country Championships, Saturday 28th September 2019, at Moyne Community School, registration at 4pm, races at 5pm sharp

*All individual and team medallist are invited to Tullamore Harriers on Friday 4th October, evening time TBC

Connacht Primary Schools Championships, Sunday 13th October 2019 in Moyne Community School, Co Longford. First race starts at 12:00pm sharp.

Girls/Boys 3rd & 4th Classes (Junior race)

Longford race 800m, distance in Connacht race 1000m

Girls/Boys 5th & 6th Classes (Senior race)

Longford race 1000m, distance in Connacht race 1200m

Club Cross Country

1st Leg adult league, Sunday 13th October 2019 in Moyne Community School, Co Longford

Even Ages (including 2nd Leg of adult league) – Sunday 3rd November 2019 in Leitrim

Uneven Ages (including 3rd Leg of adult league) – Sunday 10th November 2019 at Belleek Woods, Ballina, Co. Mayo.


U11 (Born 2009 & 2010) =1500m     

U12 (Born 2008) =2000m      

U13 (Born 2007) =2500m      

U14 (Born 2006) =3000m      

U15 (Born 2005) =3500m      

Girls U16, U17, U18, U19 (Born 2004-2001)=4000m    

Boys U16 (Born 2004) =4000m, U17 (Born 2003) =5000m, U18 & U19 (Born 2002 & 2001) =6000m

‘B’ Cross Country Distances (same for Girls & Boys)

U11 =1000m  U13 =1500m                  U15 =2500m        U17 =3000m


Club: 6 athletes to run with 4 to score

County: 10 athletes to run with 6 to score

Province: 12 athletes to run with 6 to score

Medals: Championships First 12 individuals

First 3 Regional, County, Club teams

Primary Schools Cross Country Races

For national school children in 3rd-6th classes

Annual Co. Longford Primary Schools Cross Country Championships, Saturday 28th September 2019, at Moyne Community School.
Registration at 4pm, races at 5pm sharp

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

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