Training Session for All-Ireland Qualifiers

Longford AC are holding a dedicated training session at the AIT International Arena on Wednesday 2nd March, from 5:30pm to 7:00pm, for all our juveniles who were medalists at the recent Connacht Juvenile Indoor Championships. The session will help in preparing the athletes for their event at the upcoming All-Ireland Indoor Championships. Please try your best to attend.

Athlone Training Session – Time Change

Due to circumstances outside our control, this evening’s juvenile training session in Athlone will now start later than planned. Please arrive for 7:20pm to get ready for the warm-up. The session will end at 9:15pm. Apologies for any inconvenience.

Connacht Juvenile Indoors Championships 2022

The Connacht Juvenile Indoor Championships are scheduled to take place on the 19th and 20th February at TUS Athlone IT. This is an important event in the club’s calendar, and it is always a great experience for first-time competitors.

Club coaches want to get an idea of the number of children who would like to compete in Athlone. This will help us plan upcoming training sessions, including two training sessions in Athlone.

Events and age categories

Saturday, 19 February

  • Under 12 (born 2011): 60m, 600m, 60m Hurdles, 4 x 200m Relay, Long Jump, High Jump, Shot Put, Walk
  • Under 13 (2010): 60m, 600m, 60m Hurdles, 4 x 200m Relay, Long Jump, High Jump, Shot Put, Walk

Sunday, 20 February

  • Under 14 (2009): 60m, 800m, 60m Hurdles, 4 x 200m Relay, Long Jump, High Jump, Shot Put, 1k Walk.
  • Under 15 (2008): 60m, 800m, 60m Hurdles, 4 x 200m Relay, Long Jump, High Jump, Shot Put, 1k Walk.
  • Under 16 (2007): 60m, 200m, 800m, 1500m, 60m Hurdles, 4 x 200m Relay, Long Jump, High Jump, Shot Put, Walk.
  • Under 17 (2006): 60m, 200m, 800m, 1500m, 60m Hurdles, 4 x 200m Relay, Long Jump, High Jump, Shot Put, Walk.
  • Under 18 (2005): 60m, 200m, 400m, 800m, 1500m, 60m Hurdles, 4 x 200m Relay, Long Jump, High Jump, Shot Put, Walk.
  • Under 19 (2004): 60m, 200m, 400m, 800m, 1500m, 60m Hurdles, 4 x 200m Relay, Long Jump, High Jump, Shot Put, Walk.

Points to Note

  • Dates subject to confirmation.
  • Please complete the short expression of interest form below if your child would like to take part. Please submit your expression of interest before 26 January.
  • Excluding relay, a child can enter at most three events
  • Two club training sessions will take place at the venue in Athlone on Friday 28th January and Friday 4th February at 7:30pm. The training fee is €5 per child per evening.
  • All children attending the Athlone training sessions and at the Championship must be registered members for 2022.
  • Under 12 is the youngest age group for indoor athletic competition.
  • Entries for the Championship will be finalised at training in Athlone on 4th February with a fee of €5 per child per event to be paid to ensure entry. No entries will be taken after this date.
  • Under 12 is the youngest age group for indoor athletic competition.
  • The club training session and the Championship are subject to change depending on Government restrictions in place at that time.

Expression of Interest Form

This form is now removed as we are no longer taking entries.

2022 Club Membership

2022 club membership is available now and is processed only via the Athletics Ireland website.

Member renewals can be completed at:

New members are welcome and this can be processed at:

Many thanks to all who have renewed membership already. The funds contributed to the club will go towards the completion of the facility and for new equipment.

Return to Training on January 14th

Weekly athletics returns on the astro pitch at the Mall on Friday January 14. Again, we will have the two one-hour sessions of:

  • 6.30 – 7.30pm: Little Athletics, plus Juvenile Athletics for children with a sibling in Little Athletics.
  • 7.30 – 8.30pm: Juvenile Athletics – for children with no sibling in Little Athletics.

Little Athletics, for children born in or before 2016, promotes the athletic fundamentals of running, jumping and throwing with the emphasis on fun.

Juvenile Athletics, for children aged 9 and older, involves more training-based activities and drills to further athletic development.

The Juvenile Athletics sprints group train on Sunday mornings at 10am at the Mall and this will resume on January 16th.

We look forward to our new indoor athletics centre at St. Mel’s College which is anticipated to be ready for opening in early March.

2022 club membership is now available online.

Club AGM

The club AGM will now take place via Zoom Saturday 11th December from 6pm. Link:

The meeting will not take place at St. Mel’s College as originally planned.

Apologies for the late notice and for any inconvenience this change may cause.

All are welcome to join the meeting particularly senior club members and parents of our juvenile members.

With the opening of our indoor facility in the New Year, 2022 will be a big year for Longford Athletics Club. 

AGM – Officer Nomination Deadline

The Annual General Meeting will take place on Saturday 11th December at 6pm. Nominations of officers to the Committee Executive must be emailed to longfordac@gmail.com before 27th November.

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.

Important Changes to Juvenile and Little Athletics Friday Training Sessions

From 15 October until the end of 2021, Friday evening athletics will take place on the astro over two separate one-hour slots: 6.30pm to 7.30pm and 7.30pm to 8.30pm.

This change is required due to reducing daylight hours along with there being no floodlights on the grass pitch on which the older children have been training over recent Fridays.

The groups, in each hour, are already assigned on the following basis:

6.30pm to 7.30pm:

  • Little Athletics – all children in the five Little Athletics groups and
  • Juvenile Athletics – those children in Juvenile Athletics who have a sibling(s) in Little Athletics.

7.30pm to 8.30pm:

  • Juvenile Athletics – all other children. That is, those children with no sibling(s) in Little Athletics.

Apologies for any inconvenience this change may cause. It is however necessary to enable us to safely conduct training under the floodlights of the astro whilst keeping numbers at a manageable level across both hours. The 6.30 – 7.30 slot is now full.