Juvenile

Weekly Notes – 24th February 2020

Road Race: The annual Longford 5km/10km road race will take place this coming Sunday March 1st at 11am. Registration will be available that morning in the Scouts Den building. Online pre-entry at a reduced rate is now open on Pop Up Races. Medals for all finishers in each distance. More information can be found on our Facebook page.

2km Primary Schools fun run: We fun run will take place this Sunday March 1st in conjuction with our road race. The run takes place in the Mall and starts at 11am. There is a prize for the school with the most participants.

Seville Marathon: Six of our members swapped the miserable Irish weather for blue Spanish skies last weekend to run in the Seville Marathon. After a winter of training in dark evenings it certainly made for a pleasant change although the rising temperatures did make the latter miles that bit tougher. Well done to all with great times ran on the day. Barry Sheil finishing in 2:28, Paddy Sharkey 2:30, Donal Mulligan 2:34, Kevin Ward 2:51, Colin Beades 3:00 and Claire Wynne in 4:23. Thanks to Michelle who was a great vocal support out on the course for the group.

Connacht Indoor Championships: Longford Athletics Club made their presence known at the two day Provincial Indoor Championships with 40 members competing from U12 through seniors. The athletes medalled in 16 events with ten of these in the sprint category of 60m, 200m, hurdles and relay. We’ll have full details on the club website.

Club News: Juvenile and Little Athletics resumes on Friday February 28th at 7pm in the Mall. Senior training is on Tuesday evenings beginning at 7pm at the Mall. Full details of the weekly senior training group schedule are on our website. Well done to Cian McPhillips who followed up his recent Millrose Games win with victory at the NIA Live men’s mile in Abbotstown last week in 4:13. Best of luck to Yemi, Nelvin and Cian competing this weekend at the National Senior Indoor championships. Our new club gear is available to purchase on the Masita online shop. Search ‘Longford AC’ for the full selection.

Fundraiser: The draw for the fundraiser raffle for our proposed indoor athletics facility at St. Mel’s College will take place on Friday March 6th at 9pm in the Longford Arms Hotel. All are welcome to attend. Music on the night by Colin Galligan. Raffle tickets will be available for purchase in the Scouts Den on Sunday and can also be purchased on our website www.longfordac.com. Be in for a chance to win the €20,000 first prize!

Important Information for those Competing in Athlone Sunday 23rd February 2020

Day 2 Sunday 23rd February 2020 for juvenile athletes aged U14+

∙Entry fee is €5 per individual event, please pay to Leslie that morning. The Club will cover the cost of all relay teams.

∙Wear blue Longford AC singlet, plain white shorts OR plain black shorts and white socks. Please bring snacks, drinks and lunch. NO drinking coffee\tea or eating is allowed inside the arena but there will be tables set up in the entrance area where you can sit to eat. The AIT canteen will be open so parents can go across at any time. 

∙All athletes look at the Order of events with estimated times to gauge the time they need to arrive at AIT. Remember this is only an estimate and events can start ahead of time or be later so please factor this in. You need to allow warm up time. All Sprints and 1500m are estimated to start at 11:00am so you must arrive by 10:15am. Hurdles and 800m are after lunch so should plan to arrive by 12:15pm

∙The Even Ages Relays (U18, U16 &U14) are the first event at 10am sharp. We only have 1 team U14 girls so they need to arrive at 9:15am (Bea, Clodagh, Katie & Emily)

∙The Uneven Ages Relays are the final event of the day. U19 Boys (Killian, Dylan, Ronan & Sean)

U14 Girls\boys 60m sprint was not listed on the timetable. Yes there definitely is an U14 sprint and it will be the last heats before lunch break after the U19, U18, U17, U16, U15 and the U14 age group.

NO training on Friday Feb 21st. If any questions email longfordac@gmail.com or text Leslie at 087-7960476.

Good Luck to all our juvenile athletes taking part!

Important Information for those Competing in Athlone Saturday 22nd February 2020

Day 1 Saturday 22nd February 2020 for U12 & U13 age group only

All children that are competing please wear blue Longford AC singlet (available to purchase €25), plain white shorts OR plain black shorts and white socks. There is no pressure to purchase a singlet so if you don’t have one then child to wear plain t-shirt (this is a Connacht rule)

All children on U12 relay team to arrive at AIT indoor track at 9:00am. This is the 1st event and will be called into holding area at 9:45am for prompt start at 10am sharp.

According to the estimated timetable U13 girls Long jump and U12 Boys Shot Putt start at 10am so these children need to be at AIT by 9:20am.  As soon as all your child’s events are over then you can leave, the estimated time for the day to finish is at 3:30-4pm. 

Important: Events can run ahead of schedule or get behind so “timetable” is only an estimate!

If your child is only doing the 600m no need to arrive until lunch time (1:15pm)

Please bring snacks, drinks and lunch. NO drinking coffee\tea or eating is allowed inside the arena but there will be tables set up in the entrance area where you can sit to eat. The AIT canteen will be open so parents can go across at any time. 

A big thank you as nearly everyone has already paid in advance!

NO training on Friday Feb 21st. If any questions email longfordac@gmail.com or text Leslie at 087-7960476.

Wishing all the children good luck and hope they all enjoy the experience.

Weekly News – 17th February 2020

Road Race: The annual Longford 5km/10km road race will take place on Sunday March 1st at 11am. The course remains the same taking in the lap(s) of the bypass finishing at the Mall. Registration available that morning in the Scouts Den building. Online pre-entry at a reduced rate is now open on Pop Up Races. A 2km Primary Schools fun run in the Mall will start at 10am with a prize for the school with the most participants. Medals for all finishers in each distance. More information can be found on our Facebook page.

Training: Due to the mid-term break, there will be no training for Juvenile and Little Athletics on February 21st. Senior training is on Tuesday evenings beginning at 7pm at the Mall. Full details of the weekly senior training group schedule are on our website.

Club News: Well done to Yemi Talabi on her second place in the women’s long jump at the Athlone Grand Prix indoor event on Wednesday last with a best effort of 5.67m. Best of luck to our 35 juvenile athletes competing this weekend at the Connacht Indoors in Athlone. Good luck and safe travels also to our 6 senior members running in the Seville Marathon on Sunday. Our new club gear is now available to purchase on the Masita online shop. Search ‘Longford AC’ on the Masita website for the full selection.

Fundraiser: The draw for the fundraiser raffle for our proposed indoor athletics facility will take place on March 6th at 9pm in the Longford Arms Hotel. Tickets are still available from club members and can be purchased on our website www.longfordac.com. Be in for a chance to win the €20,000 first prize! Club members are asked to please return any outstanding sold tickets to a committee member. Many thanks to all who gave up their time to sell tickets over the past two weekends. The facility will be located beside St. Mel’s College and we will announce further details regarding this in the coming weeks.

Club Gear

Our new club gear is now available to purchase on the Masita online shop. Search ‘Longford AC’ on the Masita website for the full selection.

Go to the Masita online shop

Weekly News – 10th February 2020

Millrose Games: Nelvin Appiah and Cian McPhillips jetted to New York last week to compete at Saturday’s Millrose Games. Cian ran in the New Balance Boys Mile – a race which features the top high-school runners from across the United States. He ran a terrific tactical race to take victory in 4:10.95. It really was a wonderful performance. Footage of the race can be viewed on the Longford AC Facebook page.

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Nelvin competed in the Jane & Gary Muhrcke Invitational 60 metres. He was unfortunate to have some bad luck which hindered his performance however he certainly gained great experience travelling to and competing at such a prestigious event.

Results Roundup: Yemi Talabi competed in the 60m at the AAI Indoor Games in Abbotstown on Sunday. She followed an earlier 7.59 seconds in her first run with a new personal best of 7.52 later in the afternoon. Best of luck to Yemi in the Long Jump at the Grand Prix meet in Athlone on February 12th. This is the first time a Longford AC athlete will compete in senior competition at the AIT Grand Prix.

Kate Hagan put in a strong performance at the National Juvenile B cross country in Wicklow on Saturday. She finished in 9th place in the under 17 3000m on a testing hilly course.

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Kate following her medal winning performance at the National Juvenile B cross country

Also on Saturday, John Farrell travelled to Donadea Forest in Kildare to run in the National 50k championships. Despite a knee injury, John put in a great show of strength and endurance to finish completing his tenth ever marathon in the process. Well done to all.

Training: The second club training session in Athlone IT will take place on Sunday February 16th from 3.30pm – 5.30pm. Cost is €3 per child. Attendance is essential for any child competing on a relay team in the upcoming Connacht Indoors. Juvenile training and Little Athletics continue in the Mall this Friday February 14th at 7pm. Due to the mid-term break, there will be no training on February 21st. Senior training is on Tuesday evenings beginning at 7pm at the Mall. Full details of senior training on our website.

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Some of our juveniles who trained at AIT last weekend.

Connacht Indoors – Juveniles: The 2020 championships at Athlone IT take place over two days. Saturday February 22nd is for ages U12-U13 only (Born 2009-2008). Day two on February 23rd is for athletes from U14-U19. Timetable and more details are posted on the club website and will be emailed to all taking part. Entry is now closed. 35 of our club juveniles will take part over the 2 days.

Connacht Indoors – Seniors: The events for senior athletes at the Connacht Indoors will take place on the evening of Saturday February 22nd at AIT. Events include sprints, hurdles, jumps, middle distance and technical events such as the shot putt. Any interested members, please email longfordac@gmail.com for entry by February 13th detailing the event(s). 

Couch to 5k: The programme continues at two separate locations – Longford town (The Mall) and North Longford (Moyne Community School). Walkers, joggers and runners are all welcome. Join us at the Mall on Mondays at 7.30pm and Saturdays at 8am. On Thursday mornings, our Operation Transformation Beginners run group meets at the Mall at 8am. Sessions in Moyne take place on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at 9.30am. The €30 per person fee includes full-year membership to Longford AC. Our club coach will conduct the sessions providing support and advice in the lead up to the Longford 5k on March 1st.

Fundraiser Raffle: The draw for our fundraiser will take place on March 6th. Full details in next week’s notes. Tickets are still available from club members and can be purchased on our website www.longfordac.com. Be in with a chance to win the €20,000 first prize!

Club Gear: Our new club gear is now available to purchase on the Masita online shop. Search ‘Longford AC’ on the Masita website for the full selection.

A selection of club gear now available to buy online.

Road Race: The annual Longford 5km/10km road race will take place on Sunday March 1st at 11am. The course remains the same taking in the lap(s) of the bypass finishing at the Mall. Registration available that morning in the Scouts Den building. Online pre-entry at a reduced rate is now open on Pop Up Races. A 2km Primary Schools fun run in the Mall will start at 10am with a prize for the school with the most participants. More information can be found on our Facebook page.

 

Connacht Juvenile Indoor Championships 2020

Taking place in Athlone IT

Saturday February 22nd for ages U12-13 only (Born 2009-2008).
*this year there will be an evening competition for Senior athletes

Sunday February 23rd for juvenile athletes U14-19

Athletes can compete in up to 3 individual events plus a Relay team

View Events (PDF)

Provisional Timetable (day 1) (PDF)

Provisional Timetable (day 2) (PDF)

Senior Timetable (PDF)

To Enter

To enter send email to longfordac@gmail.com with the following:

  • child’s name
  • date of birth
  • list the events they want to enter
  • parent’s contact mobile number 

Entry deadline for both dates Friday February 7th. The cost is €5 per event to be paid at training before the competition.

Training Sessions at Athlone IT indoor track

These two sessions are limited to children that will be turning age 11 years in 2020 (born 2009+) and older and plan to compete in the Connacht Indoor Championships in SPRINT, LONG JUMP and RELAY.

The cost of each sessions is €3 per child.

  • Saturday Feb 8th 1:30pm sharp to 3:30pm
  • Sunday Feb 16th, 3:30pm sharp to 5:30pm

Weekly News – 3rd Feb 2020

Trim 10 Mile: A large crowd descended on the Meath town on Sunday for the annual 10 mile race organised by Trim AC. We were well represented with excellent performances put in on a good honest test of a course. A headwind from mile 4 onwards made it slightly uncomfortable for runners but conditions were dry. Our mens team of Barry Sheil, Donal Mulligan, Paddy Sharkey and David Sheridan put in a strong showing finishing second in the team standings (out of 66 teams) with a combined score of 105. Donal placed 2nd in his age category. Ross Gannon and Colin Beades ran well to also place in the top 100 out of a total field of over 1500. Fiona Gettings and Sinead Nolan continued their good form with both in the top 30 women finishers. Niall Nolan and Stephen McDermott also put in good runs in this the opening race of the year for most of our members.

Connacht Indoors – Juveniles: All juvenile members born in or before 2009 who wish to compete at the Connacht Indoor Track and Field Championships in Athlone IT on February 22 / 23, please email longfordac@gmail.com ahead of the February 7th deadline. Please include the child’s name, DOB, the events they wish to enter and include a parent’s contact mobile number. Entry fee is €5 per event (max 3 events) to be paid at training. In advance of the championships, two club training sessions will take place at the AIT indoor track on Saturday February 8th (1.30pm – 3.30pm) and Sunday February 16th (3.30pm – 5.30pm). For each of the training days, there is a charge of €3 per child. Full details on www.longfordac.com.

Connacht Indoors – Seniors: The events for senior athletes at the Connacht Indoors will take place on the evening of Saturday February 22nd at AIT. Events include sprints, hurdles, jumps, middle distance and technical events such as the shot putt. Any interested members, please email longfordac@gmail.com for entry by February 9th detailing the event(s).

Training: Juvenile training (aged 10+) takes place in the Mall on Friday at 7pm on the astro pitch with Little Athletics (aged 6-9) in the sports hall. Senior training is on Tuesday evenings with the interval session beginning at 7pm at the Mall. This training is adapted to suit all levels of fitness. On Thursdays at 7pm from the Mall, the group run 5-8 miles at a comfortable pace. On Saturday morning, the group meet at the Mall at 8am for a longer run of 10+ miles. New members welcome.

Couch to 5k: The programme continues at two separate locations – Longford town (The Mall) and North Longford (Moyne Community School). Walkers, joggers and runners are all welcome. Join us at the Mall on Mondays at 7.30pm and Saturdays at 8am. On Thursday mornings, our Operation Transformation Beginners run group meets at the Mall at 8am. Sessions in Moyne take place on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at 9.30am. The €30 per person fee includes full-year membership to Longford AC. Our club coach will conduct the sessions providing support and advice in the lead up to the Longford 5k on March 1st.

Fundraiser Raffle: Thank you to all individuals and businesses who have purchased tickets so far for the draw to raise funds for our proposed indoor facility. Tickets are still available from club members and can be purchased on our website www.longfordac.com. Be in with a chance to win the €20,000 first prize! The details of the draw date and the proposed site location will be announced soon.

Good Luck: All at Longford AC wish Cian McPhillips and Nelvin Appiah the very best at the Millrose Games in New York this Saturday February 8th. Good luck also to Kate Hagan at the cross country in Wicklow.

Road Race: The annual Longford 5km/10km road race will take place on Sunday March 1st at 11am. The course remains the same taking in the lap(s) of the bypass finishing at the Mall. Registration available that morning in the Scouts Den building. Online pre-entry at a reduced rate is now open on Pop Up Races. A 2km Primary Schools fun run in the Mall will start at 10am with a prize for the school with the most participants. More information can be found on our Facebook page.

 

Weekly News – 27th January 2020

Record Breaker: Cian McPhillips got 2020 off to the best possible start with a blistering performance in the AAI Indoor League meet at the Athlone IT Arena on Sunday. Ten athletes took to the start line for the senior 1500m race of seven and a half laps of the 200m track. From the gun, John Fitzsimons (Kildare AC) set a fast tempo in his role as pacemaker. He churned out successive 30-second laps with Cian tucked in behind. The duo were closely followed by Conall Hayes (Le ChéileAC) and Kevin McGrath (Bohermeen AC) in the lead group. At 1200m, Fitzsimons stepped off to allow the trio battle it out for the closing stages. Cian immediately kicked for home and covered the final 300m in 44 seconds to record a winning time of 3:44.85 to claim victory by three seconds. His time set a new Irish Junior (under 20) indoor 1500m record by over a second breaking the previous record, set by Colin Costello, that had stood since 2005. The time was also the fastest by a junior athlete in Europe so far this year over the distance. It also placed 17-year-old Cian comfortably inside the ‘A’ qualifying standard for the World Junior Outdoor Championships which will be held in Kenya in July. Cian’s coach Joe Ryan was delighted with the race and even felt that Cian still had a little left in the tank at the end. Congratulations to Cian, Joe and Cian’s proud family on such a fantastic record-breaking performance achieved in the colours of Longford AC. His next race will be at the world famous Millrose Games in NewYork on February 8th. Representing his school, Moyne Community School, Cian will compete in the American High School Mile which will take place before the Wannamaker Mile at the 5,550-capacity Armory Arena.

Double Indoor Gold: AIT Arena was also the venue for Saturday’s AAI National Junior and U23 Indoor Championships where Yemi Talabi and Nelvin Appiah both won gold medals to make it a super weekend for Longford AC. Having won her heat earlier in the afternoon, Yemi claimed gold in the Junior Women’s 60m in a new personal best time of 7.57 seconds. The victory margin was a mere 0.01 of a second ahead of Patience Jumbo-Gula (Dundalk St. Gerards AC). Showing her versatility, Yemi also competed in the Long Jump where a jump of 5.31 metres earned her an excellent 5th place finish out of 19 entrants. Nelvin was also involved in a close battle in the Junior Men’s High Jump before securing gold after clearing a height of 2.03 metres. He earned the win on countback ahead of Geoffrey Joy-O’Regan (Sun Hill Harriers AC) who had also jumped 2.03m. Nelvin ‘doubled up’ as well and ran in the 60m Hurdles winning silver in a superb time of 8.27 seconds which was only 0.07 seconds off gold. Next up for Nelvin will be the Millrose Games where he will compete in the High Jump. Congratulations to Yemi and Nelvin in representing their families, our club and the county so well winning national medals over the past two weekends. Well done also to Aaron Kelly who put in fine performances in the men’s under 23 sprint distances of 60m and 200m.

Training: Juvenile training continues on Friday at 7pm on the astro pitch with Little Athletics taking place in the sports hall. As the Connacht Indoor Track and Field Championships are fast approaching on February 22nd / 23rd, it is important that all competing juvenile members (born in or before 2009) attend training on Friday in the Mall. Deadline for entries is February 7th. In advance of the championships, two training sessions will take place at the indoor track in Athlone IT on Saturday February 8th (1.30pm – 3.30pm) and Sunday February 16th (3.30pm – 5.30pm). Full details on www.longfordac.com. Cian, Yemi and Nelvin are blazing a trail for the next generation of young Longford athletes who are training hard for the Connacht Indoors. These young athletes realise that success at the Connacht’s is the first step on the way to successes such as the ones we have seen at the weekend.

Senior Members: The Tuesday evening coached sessions for members consist of 10 minutes warm up followed by a 30-40 minutes intervals workout finishing with a warm down. The session begins at 7pm at the Mall. This training is adapted to suit all levels of fitness. On Thursdays at 7pm at the Mall, the group run 5-8 miles at a comfortable pace. On Saturday morning, the group meet at the Mall at 8am for a longer run of 10+ miles. New members welcome.

Couch to 5k: The programme continues out of two separate locations – Longford town (The Mall) and North Longford (Moyne Community School). Walkers, joggers and runners are all welcome. Join us at the Mall on Mondays at 7.30pm and Saturdays at 8am. On Thursday mornings, our Operation Transformation Beginners run group meets at the Mall at 8am. Sessions in Moyne take place on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at 9.30am. The €30 per person fee includes full-year membership to Longford AC. Our club coach will conduct the sessions providing support and advice to help all participants in the lead up to the Longford 5k on March 1st.

Fundraiser Raffle: Many thanks to all individuals and businesses who have purchased tickets for the draw to raise funds for our proposed indoor facility. Tickets are still available from club members and can be purchased on our website www.longfordac.com. Be in with a chance to win the €20,000 first prize! The details of the draw date and the proposed site location will be announced soon. Thanks to all who gave up their time to sell tickets last weekend.

Schools Cross Country: Well done to the athletes from Mercy Ballymahon and Moyne CS who qualified for the Connacht championships taking place in February.

Road Race: The annual Longford 5km/10km road race will take place on Sunday March 1st. Online pre-entry at a reduced rate is now available on Pop Up Races. Registration will take place that morning in the Scouts Den building beside the Mall. More information can be found on our Facebook page.

Cian McPhillips Breaks Irish Junior (under 20) Indoor 1500m record

Cian McPhillips got 2020 off to the best possible start with a blistering performance in the AAI Indoor League meet at the Athlone IT Arena on Sunday. Ten athletes took to the start line for the senior 1500m race of seven and a half laps of the 200m track. From the gun, John Fitzsimons (Kildare AC) set a fast tempo in his role as pacemaker. He churned out successive 30-second laps with Cian tucked in behind. The duo were closely followed by Conall Hayes (Le ChéileAC) and Kevin McGrath (Bohermeen AC) in the lead group. At 1200m, Fitzsimons stepped off to allow the trio battle it out for the closing stages. Cian immediately kicked for home and covered the final 300m in 44 seconds to record a winning time of 3:44.85 to claim victory by three seconds.

His time set a new Irish Junior (under 20) indoor 1500m record by over a second breaking the previous record, set by Colin Costello, that had stood since 2005. The time was also the fastest by a junior athlete in Europe so far this year over the distance. It also placed 17-year-old Cian comfortably inside the ‘A’ qualifying standard for the World Junior Outdoor Championships which will be held in Kenya in July.

Cian’s coach Joe Ryan was delighted with the race and even felt that Cian still had a little left in the tank at the end.

Congratulations to Cian, Joe and Cian’s proud family on such a fantastic record-breaking performance achieved in the colours of Longford AC. His next race will be at the world famous Millrose Games in NewYork on February 8th. Representing his school, Moyne Community School, Cian will compete in the American High School Mile which will take place before the Wannamaker Mile at the 5,550-capacity Armory Arena.