FREE Training on Offer for Coaches

4th Dec Athletics Leader Training 9:30am-3:30pm
Venue: St Mary’s Community Centre, Edgeworthstown, Co. Longford

For all our newest volunteers the Athletics Leader Training course is being delivered by our own Connacht Development Officer and he will give you a great intro to coaching. We realise that this is during the day time but the other options are much further away in Dublin, Limerick, Cork, Kildare, etc… and are very rarely in Longford.

It would be of real benefit to you if you want to get more involved and this is your first time coaching. 



Volunteers Needed for Connaught Primary Schools

The club is hosting the Connaught Primary Schools this Sunday  at 12 noon in Moyne Community School. We need volunteers to help ensure the day runs smoothly. If you can help in any way please email

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.

Essential Info for upcoming Cross Country 2019

Primary Schools XC Races for national school children in 3rd-6th classes

Annual Co. Longford Primary Schools Cross Country Championships, Saturday 28th September 2019, at Moyne Community School, registration at 4pm, races at 5pm sharp

*All individual and team medallist are invited to Tullamore Harriers on Friday 4th October, evening time TBC

Connacht Primary Schools Championships, Sunday 13th October 2019 in Moyne Community School, Co Longford. First race starts at 12:00pm sharp.

Girls/Boys 3rd & 4th Classes (Junior race)

Longford race 800m, distance in Connacht race 1000m

Girls/Boys 5th & 6th Classes (Senior race)

Longford race 1000m, distance in Connacht race 1200m

Club Cross Country

1st Leg adult league, Sunday 13th October 2019 in Moyne Community School, Co Longford

Even Ages (including 2nd Leg of adult league) – Sunday 3rd November 2019 in Leitrim

Uneven Ages (including 3rd Leg of adult league) – Sunday 10th November 2019 at Belleek Woods, Ballina, Co. Mayo.


U11 (Born 2009 & 2010) =1500m     

U12 (Born 2008) =2000m      

U13 (Born 2007) =2500m      

U14 (Born 2006) =3000m      

U15 (Born 2005) =3500m      

Girls U16, U17, U18, U19 (Born 2004-2001)=4000m    

Boys U16 (Born 2004) =4000m, U17 (Born 2003) =5000m, U18 & U19 (Born 2002 & 2001) =6000m

‘B’ Cross Country Distances (same for Girls & Boys)

U11 =1000m  U13 =1500m                  U15 =2500m        U17 =3000m


Club: 6 athletes to run with 4 to score

County: 10 athletes to run with 6 to score

Province: 12 athletes to run with 6 to score

Medals: Championships First 12 individuals

First 3 Regional, County, Club teams

Club Members – Collect Your Raffle Tickets

Any Longford AC parents or senior members who have not collected their allocation of tickets for the club fundraiser should do so as soon as possible. You can contact Seán at 087 2639825 to arrange collection.

Longford Athletics Club Fundraising Launch night

This Monday June 17th is a milestone event for Longford Athletics Club. That evening we are launching a major fundraising campaign to raise funds for a new indoor athletics centre.

As you know the club is in the process of submitting an application for 200,000 euro in funding from LCRL. The club needs to bring a certain amount of funding to the table to secure the EU funding.

As such it is vital that all members get involved in the fundraising process, the main element of which is a raffle with first prize of 20,000 euro! 

All club members, seniors and juniors, parents and friends of the club are strongly encouraged to attend.

Athletics Ireland CEO Hamish Adams will be there for the launch. 

So see you all this Monday at 8.30pm in the Longford Arms Hotel.


Senior Club Training – All Welcome

Current members, and anybody interested in becoming a club member, are encouraged to attend the Interval session every Tuesday at 7pm in the Mall. Interval training is great for building fitness and plays a massive role in improving race times. Sessions are supervised with guidance provided by qualified coaches / experienced club members. All standards are welcome.

Our 8am Saturday morning longer run, at a pace between 8:30 and 9 min/mile, is great for building strength and endurance geared towards race distances over 10k.

Our new 8am Sunday morning longer run will be at a slightly faster pace of between 7 and 7:30 min/mile. This can also be used as a quicker run for anybody that wants to turn off for shorter distances.

Other group runs are scheduled on other days via our club members WhatsApp group.

For information on club training email or message our Facebook page

Upcoming Events for Seniors

Connacht Track & Field Championships
Abbeyshrule 5k/10k
Strokestown 5k/10k

Rooskey 5k, Roscommon 10 mile
Mullingar 10 mile, Ros Run Sliabh Ban

Longford Marathon (5k, Half, Full, Ultra, Relay), Breffni Challenge, National
Masters Track & Field Championships

Lough Sheelin 16 mile

Tarmonbarry Half & 3/4 Marathon
Dublin Marathon

October & November
Connacht Cross Country League

Annual Awards Presentation

Longford Athletics Club held its annual Awards Presentation on February 10th to celebrate the achievements of 2018 at provincial, national and international level. Without a doubt 2018 was a remarkable year for the Club with three juvenile athletes competing internationally and Club Senior Female Adrianna Melia clocking fantastic marathon times to make the Athletics Ireland Performance list.

Longford Athletics Club celebrated the achievements of 2018 at their Annual Awards Presentation last Sunday recognising provincial, national and international performances by juvenile members.

Cian McPhillips was named Juvenile Athlete of the Year as 2018 saw him have complete domination of the U17 Boys 1500m. At last year’s National Indoor Championships Cian set two new CBP (Championship Best Performance) in both 800m and 1500m, winning the national titles and securing qualification for Europeans in Gyor, Hungary. Cian was victorious across all Schools Championships bring home three Gold medals in 1500m from Tullamore, Santry and Scotland. He also set a new Youth (U18) Irish record on July 14th in Santry in the outdoor 3000m at 8:18.91 minutes breaking John Treacy’s 1974 record.

Cian McPhillips and Adeyemi Talabi were presented with trophies at the recent Longford Athletics Club Awards to mark their 2018 success in Club and School athletics on national and international platforms. Nelvin Appiah missing from picture.

Yemi Talabi and Nelvin Appiah were recognised for their success in Club and School athletics on national and international platforms. 2018 was a real breakthrough year for Yemi in both sprint and long jump with the highlight of a new CBP and European qualifying standard at the All-Ireland Schools of 6.02m in long jump. She won All-Ireland Gold (100m) and Silver (60m) in sprints as well as international medal performances at both Tailteann and Celtic Games over the summer.

Nelvin Appiah was jumping to new heights as he set a CBP at the All-Ireland schools in June 2018 with his long anticipated first high jump over 2m. This outstanding achievement added to his collection for the year with National High Jump title in Juniors (U20), All-Ireland Silver in both Indoor and Outdoor U18 Boys High Jump and his Gold medal performance at the Tailtean Games. It was a bitter disappointment for Nelvin to miss European qualification last summer by 0.01m.

In the Most Improved category Killian Rawle, Funmi Talabi, Sarah McPhillips, Kate Hagan, Gospel Idahor and Rachel Keenan were all deserving recipients as they were top Connacht medallists improving on their 2017 performances and competed at National Championships across the three season: indoor, outdoor and cross country.

Longford Athletics Club juvenile members Sarah McPhillips, Funmi Talabi, Rachel Keenan, Kate Hagan were deserving recipients of the Most Improved Award as all were top Connacht medallists and competed at National Championships across the three seasons. (Gospel Idahor and Killian Rawle missing from photo)

Certificates of Achievement were handed out to the twenty-eight juvenile members that won Provincial medals in 2018. When all the results for the year were tallied up the Club brought home Connacht medals in over fifty track, field and cross country events. Donal Mulligan received an award for his contribution to juvenile coaching and Leslie Finnan was congratulated on her Ganly’s Longford Sports Star Awards as Club Volunteer of the Year.

Presentations were made to the two 4X200m Indoor Relay teams that both finished in 4th place at last April’s All-Ireland’s missing podium places by only a fraction of a second. U17 Boys by 0:0.45 second: Killian Rawle, Keelin McGann, Cian McPhillips, Christopher Coanty, Paul Idahor. U18 Girls by 0:0.64 second: Gospel Idahor, Yemi Talabi, Sarah Murphy, Teegan Murphy, Adora Omotola.

Longford AC’s U18 Girls Indoor 4X200m Relay Team: Gospel Idahor, Teegan Murphy, Yemi Talabi, and Sarah Murphy, received recognition at the Club’s Annual Awards Presentation for their 4th place All-Ireland finish at the National Championships in 2018.

The Senior section of the Club recognised Adrianna Melia for her first place podium finish at the Longford Marathon and as well as her outstanding time (2:52:20 hours) in the Dublin Marathon to finish 5th Irish female across the line and rank 10th on the Athletics Ireland 2018 Men’s and Women’s Outdoor Performance List. Sean Crossan received his accolade for his training regime and strong performance in his first Iron Man competition in Barcelona finishing in the top third in his age group while maintaining his continued commitment to Little Athletics coaching every week. Most Improved Seniors were Anne McDermott Brady and Colin Beades who impressed with marked improvement throughout the past year.

Club Chairman Paddy McPhillips used the occasion to highlight the wealth of talent in athletics in Longford congratulating all the awardees on the outstanding achievements of the past year. He thanked all volunteers and coaches without whom none of it would be possible and commended parents and juvenile members for their commitment to training. The Club is looking forward to another exciting and busy year with Provincial Indoor Championships starting at the end of February.

Fionnuala Britton will run in Annual Longford AC 10k Race

Fionnuala Britton has confirmed she will run in the Annual Longford AC 10K race on Sunday March 10th. The 3 time Irish Olympian and European Cross Country Champion is in training for the elite field of the Boston Marathon.

Online Entry Now Open or people can register in person that morning just before the race.

Fionnuala Britton, Ireland, celebrates her victory after she won gold in the European Senior Women’s Cross Country Championships event. SPAR European Cross Country Championships, Szentendre, Budapest, Hungary. Picture credit: Barry Cregg / SPORTSFILE ©SPORTSFILE