Longford Primary School Relay Races 2019

Hosted by Longford Athletics Club
Clonguish GAA Grounds, Newtownforbes on Friday 10th May 2019

This was the 7th year that Longford Athletics Club has hosted the Primary Schools’ Relay Races and we had the participation of 475 children running in the relays and subs races.

12 primary schools across the County took part: St Mel’s NS, Ardagh; St Matthew’s NS, Ballymahon; St Sinneach’s NS, Colehill; St Colmcille NS; St Patrick’s NS, Dromard; St Mary’s NS, Edgeworthstown; Fermoyle NS; Killeen NS; St Teresa’s NS, Killoe; Melview NS; Scoil Mhuire NS, Newtownforbes; Tashinny NS

Congratulations to St Mary’s NS, Edgeworthstown (30pts) on winning the Ray Flynn trophy for the best overall school for the 4th year in a row. As two schools were tied on 13 points the place was determined by which school won the most races so 2nd place went to St Mel’s NS, Ardagh as they won 2 races and 3rd place St Teresa’s NS, Killoe as they won one race.

2019 Longford Primary Schools’ Relay Races Results

 1st Place2nd Place3rd Place
2nd Class GirlsMelview NSSt Mary’s NS, EdgeworthstownSt Teresa’s NS, Killoe
2nd Class BoysSt Mary’s NS, EdgeworthstownSt Teresa’s NS, KilloeFermoyle NS
3rd Class Girls      St Teresa’s NS,
St Mary’s NS, EdgeworthstownSt Matthew’s NS
3rd Class BoysFermoyle NSScoil Mhuire NS, NewtownforbesSt Mel’s NS
4th Class GirlsScoil Mhuire NS
St Mary’s NS
St Theresa’s NS, Killoe
4th Class BoysSt Mel’s NS, ArdaghSt Mary’s NS
St Matthew’s NS, Ballymahon
5th Class GirlsSt Mary’s NS, EdgeworthstownScoil Mhuire NS, NewtownforbesSt Mel’s NS
5th Class BoysSt Patrick’s NS, DromardSt Mary’s NS
St Mel’s NS, Ardagh
6th Class
St Mel’s NS,
St Matthew’s NS, BallymahonMelview NS
6th Class BoysSt Mary’s NS, EdgeworthstownSt Teresa’s NS
Melview NS

Results of Subs

Results of Subs Races

2nd Class Girls 

Subs: 1st Makayla Lyons, Melview NS; 2nd Katie Reynolds, Scoil Mhuire NS, Newtownforbes; 3rd Cathy McGillery, St Matthew’s NS, Ballymahon

2nd Class Boys

Subs: 1st Jack McGrath, Scoil Mhuire NS, Newtownforbes; 2nd Tyrese Wenman, St Mary’s NS, Edgeworthstown; 3rd David Nicolas, St Mary’s NS, Edgeworthstown

3rd Class Girls

Subs: 1st Victoria Bodzioy, St Matthew’s NS, Ballymahon; 2nd Lois Gilbert, Melview NS; 3rd Olivia Johnston, Melview NS

3rd Class Boys

Subs: 1st Alvin Konton, St Mary’s NS, Edgeworthstown; 2nd Cian D’Arcy, St Mary’s NS, Edgeworthstown; 3rd Sean O’Dowd, Fermoyle NS

4th Class Girls 

Subs: 1st Amelia Zukrowska, St Matthew’s NS, Ballymahon; 2nd Rowena Murtagh, St Mel’s NS, Ardagh; 3rd Ava Smith, Scoil Mhuire NS, Newtownforbes

4th Class Boys

Subs: 1st David Osabuehien, St Mary’s NS, Edgeworthstown; 2nd Brian Mulvihill, St Matthew’s NS, Ballymahon; 3rd Kristers Stremers, St Mary’s NS, Edgeworthstown

5th Class Girls

Subs: 1st Ini Nicholas, St Mary’s NS, Edgeworthstown; 2nd Rachel Gillanders, Tashinny NS, Edgeworthstown; 3rd Ellie Johnston, Melview NS

5th Class Boys

Subs: 1st Aaron Hopkins, St Teresa’s NS, Killoe; 2nd Daniel Hogan, Fermoyle NS; 3rd Fionn Crossan, Scoil Mhuire NS, Newtownforbes

6th Class Girls 

Subs: 1st Ciara Brier, St Mel’s NS, Ardagh; 2nd Caoimhe Kearney, St Patrick’s NS, Dromard; 3rd Ella O’Reilly, St Mary’s NS, Edgeworthstown

6th Class Boys

Subs: 1st Cormac O’Dowd, Fermoyle NS; 2nd Cillian O’Brien, St Teresa’s NS; 3rd Joshua O’Reilly, St Matthew’s NS, Ballymahon

The programme of events for the schools relay

4th Class Girls 4x200m Race ready for the starter’s whistle

6 Boys' race

Boys’ race at the starting line with batons in hand

Teams lining up and getting instructions

Teams lining up and getting instructions

St Mel's NS, Ardagh

St Mel’s NS, Ardagh win 2nd place trophy

Students from St Mary’s NS, Edgeworthstown lift the winning trophy for the 4th year in a row

U9-11 Indoor Competition – Report

Hosted by Roscommon County Athletics Board
4th May 2019 at Athlone IT Indoor Arena


Well done to the nearly 30 children from Longford AC that took part in the U9-11 Indoor Competition at Athlone IT on Saturday 4th May 2019. This is the 4th year that the Roscommon Athletics Board has invited Longford to take part in this event and it proved to be a great day out again this year.

All of our youngest athletes got the opportunity to try out all 4 events: sprint, middle distance, long jump and turbo javelin. It was a learning experience for both athletes and parents with all races done on timed results. For some of the children this was their first time representing Longford AC and wearing their new blue singlets. Taking part to try new things and showing good sportsmanship by all the competitors is important to learn from the beginning because not everyone can win a medal.
Many of our Longford athletes performed very well to reach the podium and you can see the wonderful smiling faces from the photographs!

The results from this competition are used as a guideline to make the pairs for the upcoming Connacht Outdoor Track & Field Championships on Saturday 8th June 2019 at Dangan Sports Facilities in Galway.

Born 2011 =U9
Aoibhinn Coffey, Sarah Taitt, Cadhla Golden
John Fitzpatrick, Eoghan Mulligan, Seàn Òg Browne

Born 2010 =U10
Izzy Masterson, Bláithín Coffey, Lauren Mc Ardle, Emily Mc Ardle, Sophia Carey, Cara Dorr, Sinead Masterson, Ruth Dennigan, Taylyn Hoban
Ronan Grealy, Callum Cooke, Calum Duignan, James Burke, Odhran Crossan

Born 2009 =U11
Mia Lynn, Abbie Mulligan, Olive Forbes, Ella Duignan, Ailbhe Mulligan, Ellen Finn
Cian Costello, Odhrán Foley, Naoise Golden

Longford AC at National Indoor Championships

Irish Life Health National Indoor Championships
30 & 31 March 2019
Athlone IT International Arena

Longford Athletics Club juvenile members win 3 National titles in 800m, Long Jump and High Jump as the Club celebrates its most successful National Indoor Championships ever.

After a very successful weekend at the track Longford Athletics Club continues to go from strength to strength winning a grand total of eight medals at this year’s National Indoor Championships. The Club got off to a flying start in January with three medals at the National Juniors Championship. Cian McPhillips set a new championship best performance (CBP) as he won the 1500m, 3:54.77 minutes, and the two silver medals were won by Nelvin Appiah jumping 1.96m in High Jump and Yemi Talabi 5.24m in Long Jump.

Day 1 of the National Juvenile competition saw nine Longford athletes in action in sprints, long jump and the 1500m with most achieving new personal best (pb) times. Yemi Talabi won the U18 Girls Long Jump title at 5.42m and Bronze in the 60m sprint at 7.67 seconds. Nelvin Appiah had a fantastic photo finish at the line as he won Silver and got a new sub 7 second pb at 6.97. Both Funmi Talabi, U15 7.07 seconds, and Gospel Idahor, U19 7.91 seconds, notched new pbs in their respective heats to qualify for finals finishing 5th and 6th overall.

Events on the second day were 200m, 600m, 800m and high jump, with eight Longford athletes competing.  Cian McPhillips made the running look easy as he was the only one across the line in under two minutes as he took Gold in a straight final of fourteen runners in the U18 Boys 800m. Cian is already listed for both 800m and 1500m on the Athletics Ireland (AI) 2019 Top Performances List.

Attention turned to the centre of the track as Nelvin Appiah worked his charm on the large crowd in attendance getting them to support his every jump with a clapping beat.  He cleared 4 heights with no faults to take the U19 Men’s High Jump title and impressive new pb at 2.05m. This was bitter sweet for Nelvin as he had to sacrifice an expected medal in the 200m as both events clashed on the timetable. The 2.05m jump puts Nelvin in 2nd place on the AI 2019 Top Performances List and he moves from up 25th to 20th place as one of the youngest athlete to achieve this in high jump on the Irish All Time Indoor List.

Well done to Sarah McPhillips, Kate Hagan, Gospel Idahor and Killian Rawle who all qualified for events on both days and show continued improvement as they gain more experience in competition on the National platform. Many of the teenage members of the Club added Pilates and indoor strength and conditioning to their training over the last year and the benefits will continue to be seen in competition in the coming months.

As the Indoor season is nearly over Longford AC comes away with their largest collection to date, a grand total of eight medals, one Gold and two Silver in Juniors and three Gold, one Silver and one Bronze for Juveniles. Relays are the only event left for the final day of the National Indoor Championships next weekend with Longford AC’s U15 Girls 4X200m team competing in the morning session.  

Connacht Indoor Championships – Day 2

Athlone IT International Arena
Day 2, Sunday 24th February 2019

Longford Athletics Club top teenage athletes performed very well on Day 2 bringing home a grand total of 8 Gold, 3 Silver, 3 Bronze and two 4th places finishes that all qualify for Nationals at the end of March.

It was all about the speed on the second day of the Connacht Indoor Championships as Longford athletes ran away with gold in the 60m sprint in five age groups. Fastest out of the blocks was U18 athlete Killian Rawle at 7.45 seconds with U18 Adeyemi Talabi 7.75 sec, U19 Gospel Idahor 7.88 sec, U15 Funmi Talabi 8.02 sec and U16 Sarah McPhillips 8.29 sec all sharing the limelight with first place podium finishes and many new personal best times.

Killian Rawle, Longford AC, showing continued improvement with a time of 7.45 seconds, as he steps onto 1st Place to receive Gold in U18 Boys 60m sprint. Also pictured is Richard Kamsen, GCH in 2nd place, time 7.55 seconds and Sean O’Connell, Lake District AC in 3rd place at 7.62 seconds.

There was also success in the 200m with Gospel Idahor winning her second gold medal of the day and both Killian Rawle and Sarah McPhillips securing silver in this distance. Paul Idahor rounded off the list of qualifiers with a bronze in the 60m and 4th place in 200m in U17 Boys.

Longford Athletics Club’s teenage girls were in action in sprint, middle distance and long jump on 24th February at Day 2 of the Connacht Indoors Championships at Athlone IT track. Siog Reilly, Sarah McPhillips, Kaela Brady, Funmi Talabi, Sian Gallagher, Yemi Talabi and Gospel Idahor were among the 600 athletes from six counties that took part in the provincial competition.

The Club’s middle distance runners were also in good form with Cian McPhillips taking gold in the U18 800m, Jack Gallagher won silver in U16 800m and Kate Hagan qualifying in both 800m and 1500m races. The Programme of Events is very full on Day 2, making it a challenge for juvenile athletes to balance their efforts when the various races are close together.

Nelvin Appiah was in action at the French Junior Championships in Lievin, France where he cleared the bar at 2.03m for a fantastic new personal best in Junior Men’s High Jump. This jump earned him 4th Place on countback where his results sheet showed clearances at five heights: 1.89m, 1.93m, 1.97m, 2.0m and 2.03m.

Longford Athletics Club juvenile members Killian Rawle, Paul Idahor, Cian McPhillips and Jack Gallagher on the warm up track at Athlone. All four boys were provincial medallists on the day competing in sprint, 200m and 800m events.

Adeyemi Talabi was the other double gold medallist for Longford when she jumped 5.04m to win U18 Girls Long Jump. This technical event requires a lot of consistency and the lack of facilities to train locally is a real hindrance for Yemi as she is attempting qualification for this summer’s U18 Europeans in Azerbaijan.

Another standout achievement on the day for Longford AC was their first competitor in the Senior Men’s Category at the provincial Indoor Championships. Aaron Kelly competed in two events and came away with a fifth place finish in the 200m and new pb at 24.29 seconds. Aaron, a first year student at Maynooth University, competed in both sprint and 200m at the recent Irish Universities Athletics Association (IUAA) Intervarsity Indoor Championships.

Caoimhe Crossan, Kate MacEntire, Tara Crossan, Stephen McGinnity and Caitlin Maher are pictured at Athlone IT Indoor Arena .

It was very disappointing that Longford did not put forward any boys relay teams this year in the U16-19 age groups after their National medal performances in 2016-2018. So the final event of the day left it all up to the girls, Funmi Talabi, Kaela Brady, Siog Reilly and Tara Crossan, to get across the line. They did not disappoint as they clocked 1:58.46 minutes in the U15 Girls 4x200m relay, winning the set of Connacht bronze team medals and earning their place at the All-Ireland Indoor Relay finals in early April.

The following Longford athletes will go forward to the Athletics Ireland National platform in 15 individual events and one girls’ relay team on three separate dates in March and April.

8 Gold, 3 Silver, 3 Bronze, 2 4th Place

Gold in 8 events
Funmi Talabi U15 60m (8.02 sec)
Sarah McPhillips U16 60m (8.29 sec)
Adeyemi Talabi U18 60m (7.75 sec)
Adeyemi Talabi U18 Long Jump (5.04 m)
Killian Rawle U18 60m (7.45 sec)
Cian McPhillips U18 800m (2:03.76 min)
Gospel Idahor U19 60m (7.88 sec)
Gospel Idahor U19 200m (27.06 sec)

Silver in 3 events
Sarah McPhillips U16 200m (27.32 sec)
Jack Gallagher U16 800m (2:15.09 min)
Killian RawleU18 200m (24.00 sec)

Bronze in 3 events
Kate Hagan U15 1500m (5:15.41 min)
Paul Idahor U17 60m (7.52 sec)
U15 Girls 4X200m Relay: Funmi Talabi, Kaela Brady, Siog Reilly, Tara Crossan (1:58.46 minute)

4th Place in 2 events
Kate Hagan U16 800m (2:31.09 min)
Paul Idahor U17 200m (24.57 sec)

North Connaught Secondary Schools Cross Country

The North Connacht Secondary Schools Cross Country was held in very challenging cold and wet conditions last Sunday on the grounds of Moyne Community School. Entries for the Provincial school qualifier appeared well down since the event was held outside school hours. Only the heartiest runners came to the starting line to secure their place going forward for the Connacht Schools finals that will be held later this month in Loughrea, Co. Galway.

Longford was represented in five of the eight races as follows:

Minor Girls U14 1500m: Caoimhe Crossan, Cnoc Mhuire, Granard; Amy Finnegan, Longford Convent; Kaela Brady, Moyne Community School.

Minor Boys U14 2000m; Nathan Maher, Moyne Community School.

Junior Girls U15 1500m: Kate Hagan- 1st place, Moyne Community School; Siog Reilly, Moyne Community School; Aisling Lane, Mercy Ballymahon.

Junior Boys U15 2500m James Miney, Moyne Community School.

Inter Boys U17 4K: Jack Gallagher, Mercy Ballymahon; Aidan O’Boyle, St. Mel’s College.


Jack Gallagher, Mercy Ballymahon and Aidan O’Boyle, St Mel’s College, Longford pictured after they crossed the finish line. Well known Longford Athletics Club members Michael O’Hara and Sean Crossan were on duty as Race Officials.


Longford secondary school students Kaela Brady, Moyne Community School, Caoimhe Crossan, Cnoc Mhuire, Granard and Amy Finnegan, Longford Convent after running in the Minor Girls U14 1500m race


Moyne Community School students James Miney, Kate Hagan and Siog Reilly ran very well in challenging conditions using their home advantage of the Moyne course to qualify to go forward to Connacht Finals on February 16th in Loughrea, Co. Galway

View aerial footage from the North Connaught Secondary Schools Cross Country held in Moyne Community School last Sunday.

Part of Minor Girls Race

Part of Junior Boys Race

Part of Junior Girls Race

New Irish Boys Youth 1500m Record

Cian McPhillips in 5th place at AAI Games at the National Indoor Arena where he set a new Irish Boys Youth (U18) record in the 1500m at 3:46.42 minutes on February 2nd, 2019. Also pictured is race leader John Travers, Donore Harriers, Dublin, on his way to winning the Senior Men 1500m event. photo by Sam Barnes ref no.1641265

CONGRATULATIONS to Cian McPhillips, Longford AC, who ran an exceptional race on Saturday February 2nd in the Senior Men’s 1500m at the AAI Indoor Games held at the National Indoor Arena in Abbottstown to set a new Irish Youth (U18) record at 3:46.42 minutes. This exceptional achievement sees 16 year old Cian shave 8 seconds off his CBP of last Sunday at the National Junior Indoor Championships in Athlone to become the new Irish Boys Youth Indoor record holder, wiping off Ciarán Ó Lionaird’s 14 year old record time of 3:50.86, held since January 2005.

Cian has already achieved the U18 qualifying standard for the European Youth Olympic Festival (EYOF) that will be held July 2019 in Baku, Azerbajan for athletes born 2002 or 2003. His new Irish record time ranks Cian as World number 1 in the U18 Men’s 1500m so far this year.

The Irish Times online edition, Sun, Feb 3, 2019 by Ian O’Riordan (article: Sinead Diver breaks her latest world record in Japan)

“Back at home, arguably the most impressive performance at the AAI Indoor Games at the National Indoor Arena on Saturday was Cian McPhillips setting a new Irish Youth 1,500m indoor record of 3:46.42, finishing fifth behind senior John Travers.

Still only 16, McPhillips, from Longford AC, improved by some distance Ciarán Ó Lionaird 14-year-old National Youth (under-18) record of 3:50.86, and was just a split second off the Irish Junior indoor record (under-20) of 3:46.17, set by Colin Costello.”

Irish Life Health Junior Indoor Championships

27 January 2019 at AIT Indoor Arena

Longford Athletics Club had five of their talented U20 athletes take to the track on Sunday 27th January for the first National Indoor Championships of the New Year. The Junior category comprises athletes aged 16-19 years making it a real challenge for older juvenile athletes with three age groups competed together in one category. They impressed across the board in middle distance and field events winning All-Ireland gold and two silver to get 2019 off to a flying start for the Club.

The standard of Irish indoor middle distance running went up a notch as three new CBP were set on the day in the 1500m event in both Junior Women’s and Men’s races and the U23 Men’s as well.

Seventeen runners were lined out for the start of the Junior Men’s race with Cian McPhillips in the back line inside lane 1. This was ideal as Cian shot to the front of the pack as he came off the first curve tight to the inside lane to take the lead which he never relinquished throughout the seven and a half laps around the track. He immediately took a 30 metre lead and by the first lap he had stretched his lead to 50-60 metres, essentially running alone for the rest of the race with no threat from the rest of the field. He worked hard the final two laps and the crowd could see the determined strong push to finish with a new CBP at 3:54.77 minutes breaking Kevin Walker’s 1996 record of 3:55.51. No one else crossed the line in under 4 minutes.


Cian McPhillips Gold in 1500m at National Juniors Indoor Championship, AIT Jan 27, 2019
Cian McPhillips, Longford Athletics Club, on the podium at the Irish Life Health National Junior Indoor Championships at AIT winning gold in the Junior Men’s 1500m race and setting a new CBP at 3:54.77. Cian broke the 1996 record of 3:55.51 minutes held by Kevin Walker, Newbridge. Pictured along Cian are 2nd place Jack O’Farrell, Burren AC, 4:03.07 and 3rd place Jack Maher, Galway City Harriers AC, 4:04.40.

Adeyemi Talabi had a busy morning session as she competed in two events. She finished second in her sprint heat at 7.79 seconds to qualify for the Junior Women’s 60m final later in the afternoon. It was then on to the Long Jump with her third jump at 5.24m securing a Silver medal. This was a good opportunity for Yemi to continue fine tuning her technical skills in this event with four of her six jumps were over 5.1m. This was her warm up for the upcoming Connacht Juvenile Indoor Championships and qualification to Nationals where she will be aiming to replicate her 6.02m jump from last summer.

Yemi didn’t get much of a break as the timetable was moving ahead of schedule and she was straight back on the track for the sprint final. She clocked 7.80 seconds to finish sixth place overall in a very talented line-up including Dundalk’s Patience Jumbo-Gula who took the silver.

As the 200m and High Jump events always clash on the programme timetable Nelvin Appiah ran the 60m sprint finishing second in his heat at 7.26 seconds but did not qualify for the final. He then turned his attention to the Junior Men’s High Jump which had eight competitors. Three were knocked out by 1.85m so the bar inched up higher. Although it took a few attempts Nelvin cleared 1.93m and 1.96m but he could not soar over the 2m bar on this occasion. In 2018 Nelvin won Gold in this event at 1.90m and he made his way to the podium for Silver this year.

Nelvin Appiah airborne over the high jump as he clears the bar at 1.96m to win Silver at the AI National Junior Indoor Championships at AIT on 27th January 2019. photo by Sam Barnes ref no.1638076, date 27 Jan 2019

Aaron Kelly and Gospel Idahor were also in action for Longford in 60m and 200m events and can utilise this event at the start of the indoor season to gage their progress over the next two months with upcoming Connacht provincial Championships at the end of February.

Connacht Uneven Ages Cross Country Championships

11 November 2018 at Belleek Woods, Ballina, Co. Mayo

The wet and cold conditions made the second day of the Connacht Cross Country Championships for the Uneven age groups a real challenge as Longford athletes took on the rolling hills at Belleek Woods in Ballina, County Mayo last Sunday.

The weather was quickly forgotten as Longford Athletics Club had a marvellous start to the day with Rachel Keenan becoming U11 Girls Connacht Champion. Rachel set off at a blistering pace hot on the heels of the leader and almost immediately they both opened up a lead. Rachel held her position until about 100 meters to go where she kicked for home passing the leader and becoming 2018 U11 Girls Connacht Champion. Emma Brennan ran with great determination and a battling spirit coming home not far behind Rachel near the front of the race in an excellent 14th position. Both girls ran on Day One a year ahead in the U12 race and this strategy gave them increased confidence for their excellent performances on Day Two.



Rachel Keenan, the new Connacht Champion, stands proudly on the podium to receive her 1st place Gold Connacht medal in the U11 girls 1500m cross country in Ballina on November 11th, 2018

Senan McWeeney was our only competitor in the U11 Boys 1500m race. This was Senan’s first Club cross country race and he ran hard from the off and showed he has the determination needed for tough cross country racing. Sian Gallagher and Evie O’Rourke Grant both ran in the U13 Girls 2500m race. Sian ran strongly and was always well up in the first half of runners finishing in 25th place. Evie showed her determination working hard all the way to the finish on such a challenging day. Kenagh’s Stephen McGinity ran in the U13 Boys race of nearly 60 runners. He got stuck in from the start and battled hard to finish well positioned in 36th place.

Kate Hagan raced in the very competitive U15 Girls 3500m race with many of the top athletes she ran against last week. Kate started in the middle of the pack and gradually worked herself up into a leading group of six. This strong group ran together pulling well clear of everybody else. The group began to stretch out with just over a lap remaining with Kate working hard to finish in an excellent 5th place. This achievement sees her qualify through to the national finals in both U15 and U16 age groups.

The U15 Girls 3500m race as they take on the rolling hills at Belleek Woods in Ballina with Longford AC’s Kate Hagan well positioned to take 5th place and qualify for Nationals.

Last up for Longford AC was Jack Gallagher in the U15 Boys race. Jack set his stall out from the gun leading the race out over the first 800m. Jack consolidated his position over the next lap running just behind the leader. The final third of the race became a real of test of resilience for Jack, his early exertions were beginning to take their toll and Jack slipped back to 4th position. Jack showed great character and no small amount of determination to surge again and reclaim 3rd place and an excellent finish on the podium to claim Connacht Bronze.


Jack Gallagher ran a very determined race to win Connacht Bronze in the U15 Boys 3500m cross country

Longford was happy with their results over the course of the two days of the Connacht Cross Country Championships with Rachel Keenan, Kate Hagan and Cian McPhillips all doing the double to qualify for Athletics Ireland Nationals in their own age groups as well as the year ahead as well as Jack Gallagher qualifying this week for U15 Boys.

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.

Connacht Primary Schools Cross Country results

View results here