Cross Country

Report from All Ireland Cross Country Championships

Santry Demesne hosted the All Ireland Cross Country Championships on Sunday on a perfect day for running under clear blue skies in the capital. Qualifiers from the four provinces and also Dublin gathered for the Juvenile Even Ages races on a good firm course following the recent dry spell.

The U12 Girls 2000m started the day’s programme of races and produced the club’s standout performance as Sophia Carey ran superbly for an eight place finish out of 181. Sophia paced it well moving through into the top 10 on the second and final lap. As third finisher from the Connacht team of six, she helped secure a team bronze medal in the provincial competition. A big congratulations to Sophia. Alisha Manning, Keeva Manning and Blaithin Coffey also ran well in a very competitive race.

\It was great to see nine club members in the U12 boys 2000m with strong runs by Rian McCaffrey, Daniel Higgins, Timothy Sheridan, Oisin Dillon, Odhran Crossan, Evan Maher, John Fitzpatrick, Conor Brennan and Ronan Grealy.

Emma Brennan, Rachel Keenan, Robin Og Murphy, Lucy Maher and Ella Duignan gave it their all for good runs in the U14 girls 3000m with Emma the first Connacht finisher. Emma and Rachel have also qualified for the U15 All Irelands in Kilkenny in two weeks.

Well done to all our Juvenile members for performing so well today and for their dedication to training over the past few months. We now look forward to indoor competition in February.

A very strong field assembled for the Junior (U20) men’s race with both National glory and securing a spot on the Irish team for the upcoming Europeans on the line. Cian McPhillips, running in the UCD colours, ran strongly to finish in fifth place. He certainly showed his range, following his summer track exploits over 800 and 1500, in moving up in distance for 6000m of hard running on cross country. Well done to Cian. Athletics Ireland will confirm the Irish team in the coming days for the European Cross Country Championships, to be held in Dublin on 12 December, and hopefully Cian will be selected.

The final race at Santry was the Senior men’s 10,000m taking in six energy-sapping laps as Barry Sheil placed 72nd of 192 finishers.

Connacht Juvenile Club Cross Country 2021

Next Saturday’s school’s cross country in Co. Sligo is the start of a busy few weeks of racing. The following two weekends are then the turn of provincial club competition:

Sunday, 31 October: Connacht Even Ages (U12/U14/U16/U18) – Belleek, Ballina, Co. Mayo.
Sunday, 7 November: Connacht Uneven Ages (U11/U13/U15/U17/U19) – Galway venue.

** Entries can be emailed to pro.longfordac@gmail.com

*** The closing date to submit entries for the Even Ages event in Ballina is this Thursday, 21 October.

The ‘one year up’ entry policy applies meaning a child can run on both days if they are interested. For example, a child in the Under 12 age category (year of birth = 2010) can also run in Under 13. The Under 11 race, in Galway, is open to Under 10’s (children born in 2012). This is the youngest age group permitted in 2021 events.

These Connacht races are also qualifiers for the All Irelands which take place later this year.

Among those pictured is Longford AC’s Emma Brennan during the Under 12 Girls race at Abbottstown in 2019.

Co. Longford Primary Schools Cross Country Results 2021

3rd/4th Class Girls 1000m Results

3rd/4th Class Boys 1000m Results

5th/6th Class Girls 1200m Results

5th/6th Class Boys 1200m Results

Primary Schools races – Top 3 Teams

Connacht Qualifiers

Post-Primary Results

Please email pro.longfordac@gmail.com with any queries.

Juvenile Cross-Country Competition 2021

The County Longford Primary Schools Cross Country Championships at Moyne CS on 10 October kicks off the cross-country season. This event also serves as a qualifier to the Connacht schools finals in Sligo on 23 October.

Provincial club cross-country races will then take place on the subsequent two weekends:

Sunday, 31 October – Connacht Even Ages (U12/U14/U16/U18), Ballina

Sunday, 7 November – Connacht Uneven Ages (U11/U13/U15/U17/U19), Galway

Below is the breakdown of age categories and the distances ran in each.

The ‘one year up’ entry policy applies meaning a child can run on both days if they are interested. For example, a child in the Under 12 age category can also run in Under 13.

Furthermore, the Under 11 category is also open to Under 10’s (children born in 2012). This is the youngest age group permitted in 2021 events.

The Connacht races are qualifiers for the Nationals which take place in late-Nov / early-Dec.

Sunday Training

A new Sunday morning training session at the Mall will begin on 3 October at 10am to help with preparation ahead of the these cross-country competitions.

Sunday morning is of course when Junior parkrun takes place and we encourage members, aged 14 and under, to do Junior parkrun as it is in itself very good preparation for the distances ran in cross country. The 10am session can merely be a short supplementary run on grass for those children that do Junior parkrun. For those not doing Junior parkrun, they can run a little longer!

The Sunday morning session will take place on October 3, 17 and 24.

Entries for both Connacht club events – October 31 and November 7 – will be finalised at training on October 17 so attendance on that morning is required.

Juvenile Age Categories – 2021
Category / Year of Birth

Cross Country Distances for each Category

The wearing of spikes is recommended, although not essential, for children who are interested in cross-country races. Spikes can be purchased online and can cost in the region of €30 with no major difference in quality among the usual brands.
Some shops, such as the Sports Outlet in Mullingar, may have them in stock. They should come with 9mm spike pins/studs which is the preferred length for cross country.

Co. Longford Primary Schools Cross Country Championships

Next month sees the return of the schools cross-country which will take place at Moyne Community School on Sunday, 10 October.

Registration will begin at 3pm with the first race starting at 4pm. There are four races which all serve as qualifiers to the Connacht Championships:

  • 3rd & 4th Class Girls: 1000 metres
  • 3rd & 4th Class Boys: 1000 metres
  • 5th & 6th Class Girls: 1200 metres
  • 5th & 6th Class Boys: 1200 metres

The top finishers and the three best teams in each race qualify for the Connachts.

Entry on the day is €3 per child. There is no limit on the number of athletes entered from a school in each race. Children can run as individuals and, if there are enough from the same school in each race, they can also form a team. A team consists of at most 6 athletes with the first 4 finishers counting towards the team score.

It would be great to see all schools from around the county represented.

There will also be races for Secondary School students which will be good preparation for those athletes ahead of Connacht club competition.

Cross Country Information – Autumn 2020

As I’m sure you are all very aware things have changed regarding Covid restrictions at Level 3 that affect the Connacht cross-country fixtures. There is no certainty that these races will be able to go ahead but planning is in progress in case restrictions are lifted at the end of October\ November. With this in mind we need to submit the list of Longford AC athletes that want to take part so that the Connacht committee can look at overall numbers that want to participate. The dates are not set but we are requested to submit our entries so this is more like ‘expression of interest’ to take part. 

We might be able to snatch a quick opportunity on the weekends of Oct 31\Nov 1st, Nov 7\8th or Nov 14\15 11th when allowed but we really are just playing by ear. As soon as any specific information is available I will update you.

Please send an email to the Club account (longfordac@gmail.com) with your name, date of birth and race age group that you want to enter.  You are allowed to enter both Even Ages and Uneven Ages – one will be your correct age group and the other moving ahead 1 year. If enough enter in the same age group we will form teams as well.

Deadline for entry: Sunday October 10th

Even Ages Races – To Be Confirmed  in  Sligo

U12 Born 2009 & 2010 = 2000m

U14 Born 2007 = 3000m

U16 Born 2005 = 4000m

Girls U18 (Born 2003) = 4000m     Boys U18 (Born 2003) = 6000m

Adult races Women 4K, Men 6K

Uneven Ages Races – To Be Confirmed  in Galway

U11 Born 2010 & 2011 = 1500m

U13 Born 2008 = 2500m

U15 Born 2006 = 3500m

U17 Born 2004 = 4000m Girls \ 5000m Boys

U19 Born 2002 = 4000m Girls \ 6000m Boys

Adult races Women 4K, Men 6K

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.