National ‘B’ Competition – 18th July 2015

June 29th, 2015

Athletics Ireland Competition Booklet 2015

Athletics Ireland National RELAYS, 18 July

Juvenile Track & Field U12-U16 “B” Championships – 18th July 2015

June 26th, 2015

Venue: Tullamore           Date: 18th July 2015

Time: 10.00 a.m.

 Entry Fee: 5 Euro per event

Closing Date: 10th July 2015 (Strictly no entries on the day) Entries: Online via Club Secretaries

All athletes must be registered.


Girls U12             Girls U13             Girls U14             Girls U15             Girls U16

60m                       80m                       80m                       100m                     100m

600m                     600m                     800m                     800m                     800m

Long Jump          Long Jump          Long Jump          Long Jump         Long Jump

High Jump           High Jump           High Jump           High Jump          High Jump

Shot Put               Shot Put              Shot Put              Shot Put               Shot Put


Boys U12             Boys U13             Boys U14            Boys U15            Boys U16

60m                      80m                       80m                       100m                     100m

600m                     600m                     800m                     800m                    800m

Long Jump          Long Jump          Long Jump          Long Jump          Long Jump

High Jump           High Jump           High Jump           High Jump           High Jump

Shot Put               Shot Put               Shot Put              Shot Put               Shot Put


Normal regulations for Track and Field apply plus

  1. Any athlete who has competed in the Regional Championships and not qualified for the National Juvenile championships in any event is eligible to complete in this Event.
  2. Entries through club secretaries to National Head Office by closing date.
  3. Athletes may enter 2 events and compete in their own age.

2 Sets of Silver Connacht medals for Longford AC

June 22nd, 2015

U13 Boys Silver at Connacht Outdoor Championships, 13 June 2015, Claremorris. David, Evan, Brendan & Cathal

Longford AC U13 Boys Relay Team that captured Silver at the Connacht Outdoor Championships in Claremorris, Co. Mayo last weekend. Cathal Farrell and Brendan Finnan from Ardagh teamed up with Strokestown’s David McDonnell and Evan Moran to put in a strong 4X100m performance, time of 58.62. They will continue to train for the Athletics Ireland National Relay finals to be run in Tullamore in July.

U15 Boys Relay, Martin & Peter Parker, Daire McManus & Adam Shields, 13 June 2015 at Connacht  Outdoor

U15 Boys Relay Team for Longford AC won 2nd place at the Connacht Outdoor Championships in Claremorris on 13th June 2015. Martin and Peter Parker from Strokestown, together with Daire McManus, Stonepark, and Adam Shields, Melview, put in a smooth team performance to bring home a set of Connacht Silver medals.

Connacht Outdoor Track & Field Championships, Day 2

June 22nd, 2015

Claremorris, Co. Mayo

Longford AC had fourteen juvenile athletes competing at the second day of the Connacht Outdoor Track & Field Championships in Claremorris last weekend. This competition attracts over 500 teenage athletes in the U13-19 categories from throughout the Western Region. The Programme of Events includes hurdles, steeplechase, race walks, sprints and a variety of middle distances from 200m up to 3000m. The day started well with all 3 boys relay teams, U13, U14 and U15, winning medals and thereby qualifying for the Athletics Ireland National Relay Finals in July in Tullamore.

U13 Boys: David McDonnell and Evan Moran both from Strokestwon and Ardagh’s Cathal Farrell and Brendan Finnan. 2nd place, time 58.62

U14 Boys: Daire McManus, Cian McPhillips, Adam Shields and David McDonnell. 3rd place, 56.84

U15 Boys: Martin & Peter Parker, Strokestown, Adam Shields and Daire McManus. 2nd place, time 57.36

Brendan Finnan continued his success this year in field events winning a gold, silver and bronze in U13 Boys high jump, 1.30m, hurdles and long jump, 4.07m. Brendan shows a real flare for multi-events and will be able to compete in this forum starting next year at U14.

Cian McPhillips took on a new challenge of running the U14 Boys 1500m as well as his usual 800m which was a very demanding combination in the same afternoon. Two age groups, U14 and U15, ran the 1500m together making it difficult to distinguish which runners were in each age group. When the results were finally posted Cian’s time of 4.48:81 was 0.0:33 off the 1st place U14 Boys winner showing he is very competitive in this distance. The 800m race was the final event of a very long day.  In true style Cian ignited the crowd as he sprinted the final 60m of the second lap to win gold in the 800m adding a second medal to his earlier silver medal run in the 1500m.

Representing the Dromard section of the club, Sarah Murphy won Bronze in the U14 Girls 800m race. Sarah managed to stay on her feet as a runner overtaking close to the finish cut in tightly directly in front of her snatching second place at the finish line.

Brothers Daire and Sean McManus will both make the trip to Tullamore in July as they qualified for Nationals in sprint and shot putt respectively. Sean threw 9.55m, showing improvement to his pb of 9.18m from the Connacht Indoor Championship in March, to win bronze in the U17 Boys shot putt. Twins Martin and Peter Parker from Strokestown will join them competing in the U15 Boys 200m and hurdles.

Kenagh’s Corey Molloy medalled twice in U16 Boys 100m and 200m putting in very strong performances in both races. The standard for sprints is always competitive and this is a great achievement for Corey putting him forward in both events at the National level.  The longest race of the day saw Niall Nerney, Stonepark, on the track for the U19 3000m. Niall finished in 2nd place with time of 10.18:18 sees him as the final qualifier from Longford AC to go on to the Athletics Ireland Nationals in Tullamore in July.

Connacht Outdoor Championships, Day 1

June 12th, 2015

6 June 2015 at Claremorris AC track, Co. Mayo

On 6th June 30 juvenile athletes from Longford AC in the U9-12 age group travelled to Claremorris, Co. Mayo to compete in the first day of the Connacht Outdoor Championships. Even though the conditions were challenging with rain and wind several time during the day it never dampened the enthusiasm of our youngest competitors who thoroughly enjoyed the event.

The day started with Relays and Longford AC put forward teams in U9, U10, U11 and U12 Girls and 2 teams in U12 Boys. This was a huge learning experience for all the children that took part and gave them all a great sense of the teamwork required for efficient handovers. Two sets of Connacht medals were won and both of these teams progress on to compete in the upcoming summer GloHealth Athletics Ireland National Finals.

The U11 Girls team of Funmi Talabi, Ella Duggan, Kate Mac Entire and Laura Farrell ran an excellent race with a time of 1.05.38, to beat 12 other teams from the Western Region for the set of Gold medals. Sarah Mc Phillips, Avril Cosgrove, Kate Hagan & Melissa O’Kane won Bronze medals in the U12 Girls Relay. Their event was run in gale force wind and rain and they deserve credit for their very strong performance finishing with a time of 1.03.01.

Then the focus turned to the pair’s competition in sprint and middle distance. The youngest athletes aged U9-11 are paired together to get a combined time. Several children from the Dromard section of the club made their debut in the blue Longford AC singlet.

The outstanding performance of the day was Funmi Talabi, Edgeworthstown, and Laura Farrell, Ardagh, working together as a pair in the U11 Girls 60m sprint. They won the set of Gold Connacht medals from a panel of 15 pairs representing all the counties of Connacht. Funmi recorded the fastest individual time in the entire age group, 9.04 seconds. The girls will move up to the national level running as a pair in Tullamore.

Eleven Longford athletes competed in U12 individual events including turbo javelin, long jump and shot putt. Ardagh’s Melissa O’Kane impressed with her 3rd place finish in the U12 Girls 600m race at 2.01.19. Tommy Corcoran, Granard, won a Silver medal in high jump after clearing 1.25m and he threw 7.50m to finish 4th place in the U12 Boys shot putt. Both Melissa and Tommy join the two relay teams and sprint pair having all secured their places in the GloHealth Athletics Ireland Nationals at Tullamore Harriers Stadium in July. Next weekend the U13-19 athletes will take their turn on the track as Longford AC returns to Claremorris, Co. Mayo for the 2nd day of the Connacht Outdoor Championships.

June 12th, 2015

Connacht Outdoor Championships, Day 1 was held in Claremorris, Co. Mayo on Saturday 6th June. 30 juveniles from Longford AC took part in the U9-12 age groups. A great day was had by all regardless of the rain and wind. 5 Girls Relay teams and 2 Boys relay teams were entered and gave very good performances on the day.

The U12 athletes competed in individual events such as long jump, shot putt and turbo javelin as well as relay teams. Well done to Jack Gallagher, Patrick Crossan, Mark Rowley, Dan Crossan, Aideen Mulligan, Kate Hagan & Sarah McPhillips for competing on the day.

Several children from the Dromard section of the club competed for the 1st time in the Longford AC singlet: Lauren Miney, Emily O’Reilly, Tara Gray, William Mac Entire, Tamara Cosgrove, Aoibh Farrell, Kate Mac Entire, Ronan Corcoran, James Miney & Avril Cosgrove. Clodagh Smith from the Kenagh sub club joined the U11 girls pairs and Donnacha Golden, Katie Duignan, Breyana McCormack and Ella Duggan also made their athletics debut. Speedy recovery to Barry Donnelly & Rachel Mulligan who were not able to travel. Next weekend the U13-19 athletes compete in Day 2 of the Connacht Outdoor Championships in Claremorris. Look at for write up and photos.

June 12th, 2015


The U10 Girls Relay Team that represented Longford AC in the Connacht Outdoor Championships in Claremorris, Co.Mayo, 6th June 2015. Lauren Miney, Sian Gallagher, Katie Duignan & Breyana McCormack ran together as a team in their first competition.

June 12th, 2015


The youngest members of Longford AC who competed in the U9 Girls Relay in Claremorris, Co. Mayo at the Connacht Outdoor Championships on 6th June 2015. Lauren Miney, Emily O’Reilly and Tara Gray all from Dromard with Katie Duignan, Ardagh, made their debut to athletics in the first event of the day.

June 12th, 2015


Longford AC U11 Girls Relay Team: Clodagh Smith, Caoimhe Crossan, Tara Crossan & Tamara Cosgrove ran in the Connacht Outdoor Championships in Claremorris, Co. Mayo on June 6th.

June 12th, 2015


Longford AC U12 Girls Relay Team that won a set of Bronze medals at the Connacht Outdoor Championships in Claremorris.Avril Cosgrove, Sarah McPhillips, Melissa O’Kane & Kate Hagan put in a very strong performance in terrible conditions of rain and wind to finish with a time of 1.03.01. The team will run in the GloHealth National Athletics Ireland Relay Finals in Tullamorein July.