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

Longford AC Juveniles Outdoor Track & Field season 2018

Competitions:

Friday 18th May 2018: Midlands Inter-County Match, Tullamore Harriers Stadium

Sat\Sun 26th & 27th May National Combined Events (U14-U19 Pentathlon\Decathlon), Morton Stadium, Santry

Sat 9th June Connacht Outdoor U9-11 pairs and U12-U13 Outdoor Track & Field, Claremorris, Co. Mayo

Sat 16th June Connacht Outdoor Track & Field for U14+-Senior, Claremorris, Co. Mayo… [Read More]

Juveniles & Little Athletics Return to Training

Great news! Following the lifting of restrictions on outdoor training, juveniles and Little Athletics will return on Friday 30th April at 6.30pm in The Mall. Training for both groups will be outdoors on the Astro pitch. Following the long break, our coaches look forward to returning and seeing our young members back out enjoying their athletics and having fun.

Training sessions will be structured in accordance with Athletics Ireland guidelines. Each child will be allocated to a group of at most 15 members of similar age.

  • Little Athletics is for children aged 6-9 and involves the coaching of the fundamentals of athletics.
  • Juvenile Athletics, for older members, involves a mix of sprints, jumps, throws and middle-distance activities.

Expression of Interest

We need to know how many children will be joining us on Friday 30th, so we can be fully prepared. If your child or children would like to take part, please fill out the form below.

Registration

All children attending must be registered for 2021. The membership fee is €25 per child. Returning members from last year can renew using the link below. We also welcome new members who can also register using the link below. 

Registration: https://membership.athleticsireland.ie/index.html

Once the renewal or new registration process is complete, you will receive a confirmation email from Athletics Ireland. Parents who registering are asked to check that they have received the Athletics Ireland email and/or that payment has appeared on their bank account. We have seen some examples of incomplete applications on the registration portal.

For any queries regarding renewals, such as retrieving one’s membership number, please message us via Facebook or email pro.longfordac@gmail.com

Weekly Notes – 22nd March 2021

Virtual Ireland Run: Well done to everyone that took part in our week-long Virtual Ireland Run. Over 400 people registered to run, jog or walk their chosen distance with entries coming in from all over Ireland and overseas. 

Fundraising Appeal: Our thanks to all who have purchased a bond to help us finance the costs of developing the club’s planned indoor facility at St. Mel’s College. We need your continued support to make our project happen which we hope to begin the construction of in April. The €2,000 bonds will be secure and repaid in full over 10 years. Bondholders will also be entered in a quarterly prize draw. Please help us if you can. Bond enquiries and requests to purchase can be emailed to bonds.longfordac@gmail.com

Our fundraising efforts are not limited to the bond initiative as we welcome all financial support to help us deliver the facility. A donation to the club or sponsorship are also most welcome. If you can help us, please contact John Fitzpatrick (087 2334600), Donal Mulligan (089 2346530) or Sean Crossan (087 2639825).

Return to Sport: The Government’s most recent Covid advice included a provision for a return of outdoor, non-contact training in pods of 15 at Level 4 restrictions. Athletics Ireland has been lobbying weekly with representatives of Sport Ireland regarding the sport’s return. We patiently await what progress can be made with the situation overall before we receive clarity as to when club training can resume.

Weekly Notes – 15th March 2021

European Indoors Recap: Cian McPhillips became the fourth Longford athlete to compete for Ireland at the European Indoor Championships with his recent strong showing in the 800m. Torun in Poland hosted the 36th edition of the event since its inception in 1970 and Longford has now been represented by a quartet of esteemed middle-distance runners.

Ray Flynn & Cian McPhillips

Ray Flynn & Cian McPhillips

Ray Flynn ran in the 1500m in both 1979 and 1980 securing silver in the latter with a time of 3:38.50 at Sindelfingen, West Germany. He is one of 17 Irish athletes to have won a medal at the European Indoors over the years. Had he not been US-based, Ray would certainly have achieved more championship appearances and medals. The American indoor scene was thriving in the 1980s with Ray to the fore in big races such as the Wanamaker Mile at New York’s Millrose Games.

Enda Fitzpatrick has the Longford record for having appeared at the most European Championships with four. In fact, Enda ran at the World Indoors before he competed at the Europeans when he ran in the 1500m at the inaugural world games in 1985 aged just 19. His fourth European Indoors came in 1990 when he competed in the 3000m and, three weeks later, Enda showed his range of talent when he wore the Irish singlet at the World Cross Country Championships 12km race in France.

Aisling Molloy also represented Ireland at the 1990 European Indoors in Glasgow in her event of the 800m. She finished an impressive 6th place in the final with 2:05.98. This was Aisling’s second championships having competed at The Hague in 1989. One of Ireland’s leading female athletes during that period, Aisling also qualified for and ran at the 1991 World Indoor Championships.

Cian has now joined this select group and hopefully we will see him ‘toe the line’ in Istanbul at the 2023 staging of the now biennial event. Other track and cross-country championships await in the meantime. We also hope that it is not too long a wait for the next Longford athlete to join the group!

Some coverage in the past two weeks has highlighted the exciting nature of indoor athletics as was witnessed in Torun. The 200m-sized track certainly makes for an entertaining spectacle along with the close proximity of the field events adding to the overall watch. Last week’s championship saw great performances by some of the world’s top athletes such as Jakob Ingebrigtsen, Femke Bol and Armand Duplantis. This summer’s Tokyo Olympics is set up to be a good one.

longford ac virtual run

Virtual Ireland Run: Our week-long Virtual Ireland Run is up and running ending this Sunday, March 21. Distance options are 5k, 10k and half marathon for adults and 3k for children for anyone seeking a challenge! Register on www.myrunresults.com. Proceeds from entries will go towards our ongoing fundraising efforts. Having completed your distance, please submit your time on the MyRunResults website as per the instructions in the registration email.

Fundraising Appeal: Many thanks to all who have purchased a bond to help us finance the costs of developing our proposed indoor facility at St. Mel’s College. Over €130k of the €200k target has been raised in just the past six weeks. We need your continued support to make our project happen which we hope to begin the construction of in April. The €2,000 bonds will be secure and repaid in full over 10 years. Bondholders will also be entered in a quarterly prize draw. Please help us if you can. Bond enquiries and requests to purchase can be emailed to bonds.longfordac@gmail.com

Longford AC Bond Sales 12.03.21

Our fundraising efforts are not limited to the bond initiative as we welcome all financial support to help us deliver our planned facility. A donation to the club or sponsorship are also most welcome. If you can help us, please contact John Fitzpatrick (087 2334600), Donal Mulligan (089 2346530) or Sean Crossan (087 2639825).

Weekly Notes – 8th March 2020

Chapeau Cian: We were all so immensely proud watching Cian McPhillips represent Longford and Ireland with such distinction at the European Indoor Championships last weekend. He looked right at home taking on some of the continent’s top middle-distance runners many of whom are full-time athletes. Friday’s heat was a brilliantly executed run to qualify in second place. The semi-final on Saturday was a step up in standard but Cian ran with such composure despite the leaders’ frantic early pace to move up two places and finish in 4th. His time of 1:48.06 set a new official European Junior 800m record in a fully ratified event where all protocols were in place. A great end to a short but sweet indoor season.

Very well done to Cian for performing so impressively, both on the track and with media, and to coach Joe Ryan for having him so well prepared. Congratulations to Cian’s proud family from us all at Longford AC. Parents Laura and Paddy give so much to support Cian’s athletics commitments such as with travel to training and races. Cian’s sister Sarah is one of our leading juvenile athletes having enjoyed much success in the sprints and jumps events. Paddy has been instrumental in developing our club over many years and has done so much work promoting athletics in the county. It was great to see our sport gain so much coverage and interest with the fine displays by Cian and his Irish teammates.

Cian McPhillips and training partner John Fitzsimons (Kildare AC)

Cian McPhillips and training partner John Fitzsimons (Kildare AC) at the Arena Torun in Poland last week ahead of their 800m heats at the European Indoor Championships. Coach Joe Ryan had the duo so well prepared for what was their first senior international.

He can now enjoy a well-earned rest before training resumes ahead of the start of the outdoor season. We look forward to what that brings. The highlight no doubt will be July’s European Junior Championships in Estonia where Cian will aim for glory in the 1500m. He will be hard stopped!

Texans Triumph: Well done to Nelvin Appiah and his South Plains College teammates who on Saturday were crowned best men’s team at the National Junior Colleges Indoor Championship in Kansas. The SPC Texans team were convincing winners and Nelvin certainly played his part. He had a busy couple of days competing in the heptathlon on Friday and Saturday and in the individual high jump event.

Nelvin finished in 6th place (out of 19) in the 7-event heptathlon with a score of 4471 points. Highlights were his first-place finishes in the 60m, 60m hurdles and 1000m which was the last event. His time of 2:46 in the latter is very impressive especially given the energy-sapping nature of the multi-events. The heptathlon also included the long jump, high jump, shot put and pole vault.

Nelvin competing in Kansas

Nelvin Appiah crossing the finish line in first place in the 1000m event as part of the heptathlon in the NJCAA Indoor Championships in Kansas last Saturday.

He narrowly missed out on a medal in the high jump on Saturday when he placed 4th with a best jump of 2.00m. This did however contribute valuable points to the total SPC team score. It was overall a very good debut championship for Nelvin in the Texans singlet. The team can now look forward to the outdoor season of competition which starts in April.

Fundraising Appeal: Many thanks to all who have so far purchased a bond to help us finance the costs of developing our proposed indoor facility. Over €120k of the €200k target has been raised in just the past five weeks. We need your continued support to make our project happen which we hope to begin the construction of in April. This facility will have the potential for even further development in the future and could become a leading athletics venue. A place where the people of Longford can watch our own athletic stars like Cian and Nelvin perform and where the stars of tomorrow can train and develop.

We are still a little short of where we need to be and are asking anybody with an interest in athletics and sport in Longford to consider buying one of our €2,000 bonds. These will be repaid over 10 years and bondholders will also be entered in a quarterly prize draw. Bonds will be secure and repaid in full. Please help us if you can. Bond enquiries and requests to purchase can be emailed to bonds.longfordac@gmail.com
Our fundraising efforts are not limited to the bond initiative as we welcome all financial support to help us deliver our planned facility. A donation to the club or sponsorship are also most welcome. If you can help us, please contact John Fitzpatrick (087 2334600), Donal Mulligan (089 2346530) or Sean Crossan (087 2639825).

Virtual Ireland Run: Our Virtual Ireland Run takes place during the week of St. Patricks Day (March 15 – 21). Virtual distance options are 5k, 10k and half marathon for adults and a 3k for children. Register on www.myrunresults.com with the choice of purchasing a t-shirt and medal available also. Having complete your run/jog/walk, please submit your time on the MyRunResults website as per the instructions in the registration email.
Membership: Club membership is open and registration renewals have been emailed out to last year’s members. Interested new members can register at membership.athleticsireland.ie

Fees are €25 for juveniles and €30 for seniors. For more information, please email pro.longfordac@gmail.com. It is hoped to resume club training immediately once the current restrictions are lifted.

Bond Sales Update

longford ac bond sales

BUILDING A FANTASTIC NEW HOME FOR LONGFORD ATHLETICS IN ST. MEL’S COLLEGE.

BOND SALES UPDATE – WE NEED YOUR CONTINUED SUPPORT.
Email bonds.longfordac@gmail.com

We are still on target with our bond sale initiative but we need your continued support to make our project happen. We have raised €110,000 in the last five weeks in bond sales thanks to the support we have received so far from the people of Longford and beyond. We still need your help before we start our project, with your help we hope to be ready to go in April.

This facility will have the potential for much further development in the future and could become a class leading athletics venue where the people of Longford can watch our own athletic stars like Cian Mc Philips perform and where the stars of tomorrow can train and develop.

We are very close to reaching our goal. Help us get there.

Please help if you can. Email bonds.longfordac@gmail.com for more information.

Cian Qualifies for Semi-Finals

‘They were on their feet in Longford’ alright! Standing up in admiration. Such a strong and assured run by Cian McPhillips at the European Athletics Indoor Championships 2021 to qualify in second place in his 800m heat in a time of 1:49.98. In 6th place with 250m to go, Cian showed his class to move up to a qualifying spot and looked very comfortable at the finish.

Cian will run in Semi-Final 2 tomorrow evening (Saturday) – start time 6.33pm (Irish time).

Well done to Mark English on qualifying from his heat as well.

Hard luck to Cian’s training partner John Fitzsimons on missing out but it was a great effort by him.

cian mcphillips euro heat 2021

Weekly Notes – 1st March 2021

Good Luck: We send our best wishes to Cian McPhillips ahead of the European Indoor Championships taking place this weekend in Torun, Poland. This will be 18-year-old Cian’s first time to represent Ireland in a senior championships. He is one of 733 athletes entered from 47 countries and is one of only 19 athletes born in or after 2002. A total of 43 men are entered in the 800m and the heats are scheduled for Friday, March 5th at 7.05pm when Cian will attempt to qualify for Saturday evening’s semi-final. Follow it live on RTE2. Best of luck Cian and enjoy the experience!

Also in action this weekend, albeit many time zones apart, will be Nelvin Appiah in the US. In January, Nelvin moved to Levelland in Texas having secured a place at South Plains College. He has commenced with his studies there and has joined the college Track and Field team who this weekend travel to Kansas to compete at the National Junior Colleges Indoor Championships. Nelvin has achieved the qualifying standards in the heptathlon as well as the individual 60m hurdles and high jump events. Best of luck to Nelvin and congratulations on the move.

Bonds Appeal: Many thanks to all who have so far purchased a bond to help us finance the costs of developing our proposed indoor facility. We have already reached over half the €200k target. We are still a little short of where we need to be and are asking anybody with an interest in athletics and sport in Longford to consider buying one of our €2,000 bonds. These will be repaid over 10 years and bondholders will also be entered in a quarterly prize draw. Bonds will be secure and repaid in full. Please help us if you can. Bond enquiries and requests to purchase can be emailed to bonds.longfordac@gmail.com

Virtual Challenges: Our 6-week athletics challenges continue this week for juvenile members. Updates will be posted on the club Facebook page and the virtual challenge WhatsApp group. The Virtual Ireland Run takes place, for all ages, during the week of St. Patricks Day. Virtual distance options are 5k, 10k and half marathon for adults and a 3k for children. Register on www.myrunresults.com with the choice of purchasing a t-shirt and medal available also.

Membership: 2021 membership is open and registration renewals have been emailed out to last year’s members. Interested new members can register at membership.athleticsireland.ie

Fees are €25 for juveniles and €30 for seniors. For more information, please email pro.longfordac@gmail.com. It is hoped to resume club training immediately once the current restrictions are lifted.

Bond Update 24 Feb 2021

longford bond update

BUILDING A FANTASTIC NEW HOME FOR LONGFORD ATHLETICS IN ST. MEL’S COLLEGE.

BOND SALES UPDATE – WE NEED YOUR CONTINUED SUPPORT

We are still on target with our bond sale initiative but we need your continued support to make our project happen . We have raised €98,000 in the last four weeks in bond sales thanks to the support we have received so far from the people of Longford and beyond.

This facility will have the potential for much further development in the future and could become a class leading athletics venue where the people of Longford can watch our own athletic stars like Cian Mc Philips perform and where the stars of tomorrow can train and develop.

We are still a little short of where we need to be and are asking anybody with an interest in athletics and sports in Longford to consider buying one of our €2000 bonds. These will be repaid over 10 years and you will be entered in a quarterly prize draw. Your money will be secure and repaid in full.

Our completed project will be close to €1.5 million in value. If we fail to get it started in the next few weeks approximately €750k in grant aid and other inputs will be lost to Longford. We know there are many supporters of running and athletics in Longford with a great appetite for finally having proper athletics facilities in Longford, just like in most other counties. We are very close to reaching our goal. It is within our grasp.

Please help if you can. Email bonds.longfordac@gmail.com for more information.

Weekly Notes – 22nd Feb 2021

Magnificent Cian: Sport really can be great for lifting the spirits and the incredible performance by Cian McPhillips on Saturday last did just that. Cian’s time of 1:46.13 at the Elite Micro Meet in Dublin elevated him to world class with it being the sixth fastest ever 800m indoor run by an under 20 athlete. A national junior and under 23 record along with a qualifying time for the upcoming European Indoor Senior Championships are fantastic achievements for 18-year-old Moyne CS student Cian. Congratulations also to race winner Mark English (Finn Valley AC), who just edged ahead of Cian at the finish line, on his new national senior record of 1:46.10. It was good to see Cian’s training partner John Fitzsimons (Kildare AC) also achieve the European standard with his third place run. Coach Joe Ryan had the lads prepared superbly and credit to the group for training away so diligently over the winter months in these uncertain times. They showed no race rustiness given that their last outing was back in August. Well done to Athletics Ireland for staging the event and providing our top athletes with the opportunity to perform.

Europeans: The European Indoors will take place in Torun, Poland from March 5-7 and Athletics Ireland will be sending a very strong group of athletes. The women’s 800m has seen numerous recent impressive performances. Among them is Nadia Power (Dublin City Harriers) who is coached by Longford’s Enda Fitzpatrick. Nadia broke the Irish record last week with 2:00.98 and, although her record only lasted four days, she is in very good form ahead of the championships. It is great to see Enda’s work being rewarded and he is firmly established as one of Ireland’s leading coaches.

Bond Sales: Many thanks to all who have so far purchased a bond to help us finance the costs of developing our proposed indoor facility. We have already reached over one-third of the target. We are still a little short of where we need to be and are asking anybody with an interest in athletics and sport in Longford to consider buying one of our €2,000 bonds. These will be repaid over 10 years and bondholders will also be entered in a quarterly prize draw. Bonds will be secure and repaid in full. Please help us if you can. Bond enquiries and requests to purchase can be emailed to bonds.longfordac@gmail.com

Virtual Challenges: Our 6-week athletics challenges continue this week for juvenile members. Updates will be posted on the club Facebook page and the virtual challenge WhatsApp group. The Virtual Ireland Run takes place, for all ages, during the week of St. Patricks Day. Virtual distance options are 5k, 10k and half marathon for adults and a 3k for children. Register on www.myrunresults.com with the choice of purchasing a t-shirt and medal available also.

Membership: 2021 membership is open and registration renewals have been emailed out to last year’s members. Interested new members can register at membership.athleticsireland.ie

Fees are €25 for juveniles and €30 for seniors. For more information, please email pro.longfordac@gmail.com. It is hoped to resume club training immediately once the current restrictions are lifted.

National Junior Indoor Record for Cian McPhillips

Wow! An incredible performance by Cian McPhillips on Saturday in the 800m at the Elite Micro Meet in the National Indoor Arena. His time of 1:46.13 is a new National Junior Indoor Record and is comfortably inside the qualifying standard for the European Indoor Senior Championships in Poland in 2 weeks’ time.

Cian finished in second place behind Mark English whose time of 1:46.10 is a new National Senior Indoor Record. Congratulations to Finn Valley AC athlete Mark. The race was paced through 500m by Kevin Woods (Crusaders AC) with swift 27-second laps setting the race up for a quick time. Third place was John Fitzsimons (Kildare AC) and John also achieved the European standard. Great running lads.

Well done to 18-year-old Cian on producing such a fantastic run! He has been patiently training away since his last race in August yet showed no race rustiness. Congratulations to Cian’s proud family and also great credit to his coach Joe Ryan for having Cian so well prepared.