Cross Country

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

Girls\Boys

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

Results

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.

Photos

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

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.

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.

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

Confirming Connacht Primary Schools Cross Country Races Going Ahead as Scheduled

Confirming Connacht Primary Schools Cross Country Races are going ahead as scheduled TOMORROW Saturday Oct 13th at Bushfield, Loughrea, Galway. start at 12 noon Sharp, plan to arrive by 11:30am

Important Messages for Co. Longford Primary Schools Cross Country Championships Medallists

2 important messages for all individual and team medalists from the recent Co. Longford Primary Schools Cross Country Championships:

5th\6th Class individual AND team medallists are invited to compete in the Inter County Cross Country Race for Longford & Offaly at Tullamore Harriers Stadium, Oct 5th, 2018 @7pm sharp. Please arrive by 6:30pm for warm up. This is free and a great chance to get in training before the Connacht race. One of the coaches from Longford AC will be in Tullamore to meet all the children from Longford when they arrive.

The first 10 Individual finishers & top 3 Teams in each race qualify for the Connaught Primary Schools Cross Country taking place on Saturday October 13th in Bushfield, Loughrea, Co. Galway, races start at 12 noon sharp. Please plan to arrive by 11:15am so that the children can walk the course and do a warm up\stretch. All entry fees will be paid by Longford AC. One parent or teacher per school to be responsible to collect the envelope with race numbers for your school at the registration desk when you arrive.

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

girls 3rd 4th class race

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.

boys 3rd-4th class race

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

5th-6th-class-girls

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

5th 6th class boys

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

1st 2nd year boys

The Moyne Community School team pictured after the 1st\2nd year boys 2000m cross country race on Saturday 29th September 2018 at Moyne

Co. Longford Primary Schools Cross Country Championship 2018

Saturday 29th September 2018 at Moyne Community School

Longford Athletics Club will once again be hosting the annual Co. Longford Primary Schools Cross Country Championship on Saturday 29th September 2018 at Moyne Community School, with races starting at 5pm sharp. In 2017, 15 primary schools and 240 students participated.

Registration is from 4-4:45pm, entry fee €3 per student. All primary schools in County Longford are invited to enter, there is no limit on participants so all students in 3rd-6th classes are welcome to take part. The first 10 individuals plus the first 3 teams in each race will receive medals on the day and qualify to go forward to the Connaught Schools’ Championships hosted by Galway on October 13, 2018, venue TBC.

There is also a Special Invitation for the 5th\6th Class and 1st\2nd Year Secondary School medallists to compete in the Inter County Cross Country Race for Longford & Offaly at Tullamore Harriers Stadium on Friday evening October 5th at 7pm.

A ‘Come and Try’ event will be on in the gym on the same day. Longford Athletics Club wants to increase participation in athletics across the county and we have received funding for our project from Longford LCDC, Pobal, Healthy Ireland and the Department for Health. Currently we provide training for Little Athletics thru Juvenile age groups (ages 6-18 years) in Dromard, Kenagh & Longford town. Each year the Club hosts the Annual Primary Schools Cross Country and Relay Races for all schools in County Longford. Longford Sports Partnership offers Indoor SportsHall athletics and every Sunday the Longford Junior Parkrun takes place for free at The Mall. Coaches and athletes will be on hand to answer questions and give demonstrations.

The Club is also looking for parents/teachers that want to get involved as volunteers/coaches to ensure we can continue to provide opportunities for all the children across the county so please come and talk to us for more information.

Any queries contact longfordac@gmail.com

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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