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]

Weekly Notes – 26th July 2021

National Junior 1500m record for Cian McPhillips
A week after his gold-medal winning exploits in Estonia, Cian McPhillips was back racing putting in a record-breaking performance over the 1500 metres distance. On Sunday morning last, Cian lined up at the AAI Summer Games on the recently opened track at I.T. Carlow seeking to back up the heroics of Tallinn.

The pace was swift from the off with Cian slotted in behind training partner John Fitzsimons who acted as pacemaker. With John stepping off at the start of the final lap, Cian took the lead with only Eoin Everard (Kilkenny City Harriers) for company before pushing on to finish strongly for the win in 3:40.56. Former national 1500m champion Everard crossed the line in 3:43.81. Cian’s time set a new Irish Under-20 record which had previously been held by Ray Flynn for 45 years.

It was yet another awesome performance by 19-year-old Cian and the time is the second fastest run by a European junior athlete this year. Despite missing the early part of the outdoor track season, Cian is really in great form and will hopefully race again on the track in the coming week before turning his attention towards cross country. He will no doubt aim to secure a place on the Irish team for the European Championships that will be held in Dublin this December which will mark his final race as a junior.
As news spread across social media on Sunday, Ray Flynn was quick to pass on his congratulations tweeting: “I’m delighted to see Cian take down my junior record. He’s special”. Incredibly the record remains in Longford with Ray having set the previous standard of 3:42.66 back on 8 May 1976 at Knoxville, Tennessee.

Well done to Cian as once again he shows his undoubted talent blossoming under the guidance of top coach Joe Ryan. It was a real team effort and credit also to Kildare AC runner Fitzsimons, the national senior 800m champion, for providing pacing duties.

Results: With a lack of races on the calendar, club members are travelling far and wide to take in events of different forms. Ciarán Madden was in triathlon action on Sunday morning winning the King of Greystones Sprint in a time of 63:03 leading home a total entry of 268. Well done to Ciarán who also put in a top five finish the previous week at the Kilkenny Tri. Juraj Karcak completed the 60km Ultra distance at the undulating Ballyhoura Trail in sweltering heat in County Limerick on Saturday. Also in Munster, Barry Sheil placed in the top 15 at the Grange Fermoy 4-mile road race on Sunday in a time of 20:57.

Gold for Cian

Saturday, 17th July 2021, was a hugely momentous day in the young life of Cian McPhillips with his fantastic run to win gold in the 1500m at the European Junior Championships. Everyone involved with Longford AC was so very proud to see all his hard work and dedication to training over the past few years pay off.

Cian lined up in the 1500 metres final against many of Europe’s top junior middle-distance athletes all chasing a championship medal in the heat of Tallinn. Positioning himself in second place on the shoulder of long-time leader Kane Elliott (Great Britain), Cian was perfectly set going into the final crucial 400 metres lap. On the back straight, Britain’s Henry McLuckie and Rick Van Riel of the Netherlands moved into contention, but Cian responded and led around the bend coming into a thrilling final sprint. Showing great strength, Cian made one last push for the finish line ahead of Van Riel to win in a time of 3:46.55.

Cian showed just what a class athlete he is with a 54-second last lap in the 30 degrees Tallinn temperatures which was certainly worthy of any gold medal 1500 metres win. To do so, whilst holding off high calibre opposition, is testament to his excellent preparation and shrewd approach to racing. Incredibly that was only Cian’s third race of the outdoor track season, but he showed no lack of sharpness.

Congratulations to Cian and to his proud parents Paddy and Laura and sister Sarah. Paddy and Laura are great supporters of Cian and Sarah’s athletics pursuits. Unable to be trackside in Estonia to celebrate the victory, they were in Athlone IT to support Sarah in her 100 metres at the Connacht Championships in which she ran just 15 minutes after Cian won gold. Credit to Sarah for putting in a good run so soon after watching the dramatic finale in Tallinn via the live stream on her phone.

It was a great to hear the public address in Athlone announce the news of Cian’s victory to the assembled crowd. Many of the people present had watched Cian enjoy much success at Connacht and National events over the years and the applause that rang around AIT made for a very special moment. We look forward to celebrating and marking Cian’s achievement when and where possible. Many thanks to all who have contacted us through different means to extend their congratulations. In an exciting year for our club, with the development of our indoor facility continuing at great pace, Cian’s success has given us an extra boost and brought joy to many. The future is bright!

Saturday’s gold medal win can also be very much attributed to the superb work done by Joe Ryan. Kilbeggan-native Joe is now one of the country’s leading coaches guiding many of Ireland’s top middle-distance athletes. Well done also to Oisin Lane (Mullingar Harriers) who finished in sixth place in the 10k Walk in Estonia. Oisin, who recently completed his Leaving Cert at Mercy Ballymahon, did great completing the distance in a personal best time of 43:33. It was a fantastic European Championships for Ireland with Rhasidat Adeleke (Tallaght AC) winning double gold in the sprints and Nicholas Griggs (Mid-Ulster AC) winning the 3000m as well as many other brilliant performances.

Weekly Notes – 19th July 2021

Gold for Cian!
Saturday, 17th July 2021, was a hugely momentous day in the young life of Cian McPhillips with his fantastic run to win gold in the 1500m at the European Junior Championships. Everyone involved with Longford AC was so very proud to see all his hard work and dedication to training over the past few years pay off.

Read full race report

Connacht Juvenile Track & Field:
The weekend saw the welcome return of competition for our Under 12-19 juvenile athletes with the Connacht Championships at Athlone IT. The relentless, sweltering sunshine made it difficult particularly in some of the longer events but everyone did great and gave it their best. 36 club members represented us and well done to all.

Weekly Notes – 12th July 2021

Cian McPhillips set for the European Under 20 Athletics Championships
Longford Athletic Club’s Cian McPhillips will this week take on the continent’s top junior middle-distance athletes in Estonia at the European Under-20 Championships. Cian is part of a 33-strong Irish team that has travelled to Tallinn ahead of the championships which take place from 15 – 18 July. He will run in the 1500 metres having previously run inside the 3:48 qualification standard. The rounds of the event are scheduled for Thursday 15 July at 4pm local time (2pm Irish time). Should Cian qualify from his round, the final will be on Saturday 17 July.

All events over the four days can be viewed on the European Athletics website via the live stream:
https://european-athletics.com/

Cian McPhillips Euros 2021

Following a slightly disrupted build up with his training as well as his recent Leaving Cert commitments, 19-year-old Cian travels to Estonia having only raced once so far in this outdoor track season. That was his win in the 1500m at the AAI Games in Dublin last month.

Cian’s experience however from competing at the European Senior Indoors in March should certainly stand to him. Championship racing is often more about tactics, rather than time, and no doubt the 800m finishing speed Cian possesses can be to his advantage in seeking to secure a place in Saturday’s final.

The 28 athletes entered in the junior men’s 1500m, from 17 different countries, will have to contend with the warm Tallinn temperatures which may rise above 30 degrees. This will be Cian’s first outdoor championships in an Irish vest since the 2018 European Under-18 1500m in Hungary.

Best of luck to Cian in what will be his final track championships as a junior having enjoyed much success on the track over the years in both the juvenile and junior ranks.

Report from Connacht Track & Field Under 9-11 Team Games 
Well done to the girls and boys who took part at the Connacht Under 9-11 Team Games in Athlone on Saturday. 23 children represented our club on what was for most their first experience of competition on the track and they all did great on a fun day of races, throws and jumps.

Our athletes on the day were: Kaija Richards, Harry Finn, Andrew Fitzpatrick, Daire Grealy, Cormac Reilly, Jack Waters, Zoe Mulligan, Georgia Brady, Holly Brady, Katie Costello, Keeva Manning, Rian Foley, Adam Mulleady, Aoibhinn Coffey, Clodhra Crossan, Sophia Smith, Leah Waters, Conor Brennan, Charlie Finn, John Fitzpatrick, Setanta Smith, Evan Maher and Noah Washington.

In the Team Games, club member pairings won three medals. Gold was won by Andrew and Daire in the U9 Turbo Javelin. John and Setanta won two medals each in the U11s – silver in the Turbo Javelin and bronze in the 600m.

turbo javelin u9 champions

Andrew and Dáire – Connacht U9 Turbo Javelin Gold Medalists

Good luck to our members competing this weekend in Athlone for the Under 12 – 19 age groups. Elsewhere, well done to Ciarán Madden on his top 10 finish at the Never Give Up 10k in Co. Wexford last Sunday with a time of 37:23.

Weekly Notes – 5th July 2021

Juvenile Athletics: Well done to the girls and boys who took part in our sports day on Friday evening at St. Mel’s College. This was the final evening of athletics before the summer break. Many thanks to our coaches and all who assisted over the weeks since we resumed in April. Weekly athletics will return in early September at the Mall ahead of our indoor facility opening on the College grounds
towards the end of the year.

Connacht Track and Field Championships: Good luck to our juveniles competing in the Connacht Track and Field Championships at Athlone IT over the next two weekends.

Weekly Notes – 28th June 2021

Results: The National Senior Track & Field Championships took place in Santry over the weekend with two club members in action. Aaron Kelly was sixth in his 100m heat with 11.50 to improve on his previous weeks’ time and then seventh in the 200m heat. Yemi Talabi finished fourth in her 100m heat with 12.09 following injury-disrupted preparations. Having enjoyed so much success as a juvenile, we send our congratulations to Yemi on securing a scholarship to the University of Texas Arlington where she will move in August.

On the roads, it was an evening for fast times at the St. Coca’s AC 5k in Kilcock on Friday with strong runs by Edel Mooney in 18:51 and Gary Brady with 18:02. Elsewhere, Evan Radavicius finished 13th of 135 at an 8.5k mountain running race in Wicklow on Wednesday last which included some 500 metres of climbing.

Well done to Fiona Gettings and her Ballymore teammates on their great win in the Leinster final last week. Fiona, as always, was full of running throughout showing a great range of skills and capped it off with a well taken goal.

Children’s Athletics: July 2 is the final Friday evening of Juvenile and Little Athletics before the summer break. In a change of setting, athletics will take place on the main pitch at St. Mel’s College from 6.30pm with car parking available on the basketball courts. Access is by the main college entrance. We will hold our own mini-Olympics of races and relays as well as having treats and some special guests. Weekly athletics will then resume at the Mall in early September.

Athlone IT Training: The Sunday morning training session will this week take place on the track at Athlone IT on July 4 at 10.30am. This will be important preparation for all juveniles preparing for the Connacht championships in July.

Friends of Longford AC: We have launched a donations initiative to help with the funding of the indoor athletics facility that is currently in development at St. Mel’s College. For every donation of €500 or above, a brass engraved family name plate will be installed on a large ‘Friends of Longford AC’ display inside the finished building. All support greatly appreciated. Thanks to everyone who has supported us with our fundraising to date. Read more about the donation scheme.

Weekly Notes – 21st June 2021

Under-23 Championships
Morton Stadium hosted the Under-23 Championships on Saturday and Sunday. Aaron Kelly competed in both the 100m and 200m putting in good performances. A 11.53 time in his heat qualified him for the 100m final in which he finished seventh. Gospel Idahor ran in the 100m clocking a time of 12.81 in her heat.

Thoroughbred 5k
On the roads, Ciarán Madden finished third out of 103 finishers at the Thoroughbred 5k in Kildare town on Friday with a time of 17:12.

Mountain Running
Evan Radavicius took to the hills on Saturday for a Mountain Running event in Wicklow finishing 8th out of 89.

Juvenile and Little Athletics
Juvenile and Little Athletics continues at the Mall for two more Friday evenings. The final evening before the summer break will be July 2nd. Weekly athletics will then resume in early September.

Predict Your Time 5k

Next Tuesday, June 22nd, we hold a club members 5k which will replace the interval session that evening.

The route takes in almost the full lap of the Canal loop.

All are asked to assemble beside the gate at the Town end of the Canal to begin the run at 6.45pm.

Feel free to park at the Mall and jog up as a warm-up or to park somewhere closer, such as Market Square or Earl Street.

No watches or phones are allowed! These can be left with me before beginning your run.

There will be staggered starts and I will record all start/finish times.

Predicted times are to be confirmed to me on Tuesday evening just before the run starts.

The person who completes the distance closest to their prediction will win a Sports Direct voucher.

Best of luck!
Barry

Anyone yet to process membership for 2021 can do so at:
https://membership.athleticsireland.ie/useraccount-check.html

Weekly Notes – 14th June 2021

Results Roundup
Congratulations to Cian McPhillips on securing qualification for the European Under 20 Athletics Championships to be held in Tallinn, Estonia in July. Cian opened his outdoor track season with victory in the 1500 metres at the AAI Games in Santry on Sunday afternoon. His time of 3:46.27 was inside the 3:49 qualifying standard required.

This was Cian’s return to racing following his fourth place in the semi-final of the 800 metres at March’s European Senior Indoor Championships. Achieving the standard allows Cian to continue with his preparations ahead of Estonia during this busy period when he is also sitting his Leaving Cert.

National Walks Championships
On Saturday, St. Jarlath’s College in Tuam hosted the National Walks Championships. Longford AC was represented in the juvenile events by Cadhla and Naoise Golden, Aoibhinn and Blaithin Coffey. Well done to all four who did great in humid conditions and thanks to coach Sinead for preparing them so well for competition.

Turgesius Island 10 mile
Well done to Fiona Gettings on her second place finish in the recent Turgesius Island 10 mile in Collinstown. Hopefully, we will see more road races announced for over the next few weeks.

Sympathy
The club extends its condolences to the Gray family, Moyne, on the sad passing of Cian after a long and brave battle. May he rest in peace.

2021 Outdoor Track and Field Championships

We hope that your child is enjoying the weekly Friday evening athletics. With the continued easing of restrictions, it is expected that juvenile club competition will take place this summer.

The Connacht Athletics Board has tentatively set the following dates for holding the 2021 outdoor Track and Field Championships at Athlone IT:

Saturday, July 10th: Under 11 two-event ‘Team Games’ (for children born in 2011)

Saturday, July 17th: Under 14 – Under 19 (children born in or before 2008)

Sunday, July 18th: Under 12 & Under 13 (children born in 2010 or 2009)

If your child is in the under 11 – 13 age categories, and is interested in competing, please complete the form below which contains the list of events (maximum 2 events for children born in 2011). We request that it be submitted by Saturday, June 12th.

https://forms.office.com/Pages/ResponsePage.aspx?id=fXehLCtu30SFhqgi8zzrkM_HjuIcY9pIgaqHrFXEUn5UM0tFMEIxSjhJTkFPWEdZMk5JR1NHSk9NVy4u

There are a greater number of events in the under 14 – 19 age categories and more information regarding these will be communicated to those members at Friday evening training.

Additional Training Session Every Sunday

In advance of the above dates, an additional weekly training session will take place for all age groups of under 11-19 on Sunday mornings at 10am at the Mall commencing on June 13th. For children intending on competing at the Championships, attendance at the Sunday session is essential to help better prepare for competition. The Connacht event also serves as a qualifier to the Nationals which will take place in August.

Paddy’s Sprints Group (group JA7) – Athlone Training

For this coming Friday, June 11th, Paddy’s sprints group (group JA7) will hold their training session on the track at Athlone IT at 6.30pm. If your child is in this group and wishes to attend the session at AIT on Friday, please email pro.longfordac@gmail.com to confirm.