Essential Info for upcoming Club Cross Country 2017:

October 18th, 2017

Club Cross Country Distances

U11 -1500m          U12 -2000m        U13 -2500m          U14 -3000m     

U15 -3500m      U16 -4000m     U17 Girls -4000m \ U17 Boys -5000m


Club: 6 athletes to run with 4 to score

County: 10 athletes to run with 6 to score


Championships First 12 individuals

First 3 Regional, County, Club teams


2017 Cross Country Fixtures:  To enter please email name, date of birth and date of race that you want to enter to    Deadline 21st October 2017

Sun 29th October, Connacht Even Ages Cross Country (and Senior League #2), hosted by Leitrim to be run in Calry/St Joseph’s GAA, Hazelwood Road, Sligo at 1pm sharp     *to qualify for Nationals Sun 26th Nov

Sun 5th November, Connacht Uneven Ages (and Senior League #3), at Moyne Community School, Co. Longford     *to qualify for Nationals Sun 17th Dec

Sun 26th November “A” Championships Even Ages, Senior & Junior, Abbotstown, Dublin

Sun 17th December “A” Championships Uneven Ages, Novice, WIT Arena Waterford

Feb 11, 2018 Juvenile ‘B’ Cross Country and Cross Country relays, Adult Intermediate & Masters XC

2017 Connacht Qualifiers from Longford Primary Schools Cross Country

October 18th, 2017

Connacht Primary Schools Cross Country Championship,  Saturday 21st October at St Brigid’s GAA, Kiltoom, Co. Roscommon

Races start at 12.00 noon sharp so schools should plan to arrive by 11:15am to collect their numbers, walk the course and stretch\warm up before the starting time.

Directions can be found at

2017 Co Longford Primary Schools Cross Country Results.

October 18th, 2017

1st&2nd yr secondary school cross country results, Sept 2017

5th&6th Class Primary Schools Cross Country results, Sept 2017

3rd&4th Class Primary Schools Cross Country results, Sept 2017

2017 Connacht Qualifiers from Longford Primary Schools Cross Country

Co. Longford Primary Schools Cross Country Team Results, Sept 2017

Co. Longford Primary Schools Cross Country Championships

October 18th, 2017

30 September 2017 at Moyne Community School

This year 240 students representing 15 national schools across the County took part.

3rd\4th Class Boys 800m race = 66                        3rd\4th Class Girls 800m race = 63

5th\6th Class Boys 1000m race = 55                     5th\6th Class Girls 1000m race = 56

The autumn sunshine helped draw a large crowd to the annual County Longford Primary Schools Cross Country Championships on September 30th in Moyne. 240 national school children ran the challenging course earning points for their school towards the coveted Harry Farrell Shield for Best Overall School Performance.

The Longford Athletic Club organising committee were delighted to see the event so well supported with 15 schools taking part and giving so many children the opportunity to be active with their friends and classmates as they took to the starting line to run for their school.  Every year to promote athletics across the County the Club pays the entry fees for all students that qualify to go forward to Provincial competition, this year on 21st October at St Brigid’s GAA Centre, Kiltoom, Co. Roscommon.

St Mary’s National School, Edgeworthstown, were crowned the 2017 winners after Caoimhe Crossan and Josh Kelly took 1st place in both 5th\6th Class 1000m races. With twelve students scoring in the top 20 and two sets of team medals it was a new achievement for the school. Scoil Mhuire, Newtownforbes were very close in 2nd place with a genuine school wide effort of four team medals, and Shauna Burke and James Hagan won the 3rd\4th Class 800m races.  Killoe, Ardagh and Colehill schools filled out the rest of the scorecard. Melview National School made their mark winning their first set of team medals as well as having several individual medallists.

Summary of team medals:

St Mary’s NS, Edgeworthstown: 2 X Silver -3rd\4th Class Boys, 3rd\4th Class Girls

Scoil Mhuire, Newtownforbes: 2 X Silver -5th\6th Class Boys, 5th\6th Class Girls. 2 X Bronze -3rd\4th Class Boys, 3rd\4th Class Girls

St Theresa’s NS, Killoe: 2 X Gold -5th\6th Class Boys, 5th\6th Class Girls

St Mel’s NS, Ardagh: 1 X Gold -3rd\4th Class Girls. 1 X Bronze -5th\6th Class Girls

St. Sinneach’s NS, Colehill: 1 X Gold -3rd\4th Class Boys

Melview NS: 1 X Bronze -5th\6th Class Boys

2017 Harry Farrell Perpetual Shield for best school overall performance based on number of students in top 20 per race plus team points:

1st place (150 points) St Mary’s NS Edgeworthstown

2nd place (146 points)  Scoil Mhuire NS, Newtownforbes

3rd place (141 points)  Scoil Naisiunta Naomh Treasa, Killoe

Followed by St Mel’s NS, Ardagh (117 pts), St. Sinneach’s, Colehill (75 pts), St Matthew’s NS, Ballymahon, Melview NS and Stonepark NS

The secondary schools races attracted small numbers of runners from Lanesboro Community College, Carrick Community School, Mercy Ballymahon, Cnoc Mhuire Granard and St Mel’s College but it was the home crowd that took all the silverware. Moyne students Avril Cosgrove won the 1st\2nd year Girls 1600m race, James Miney the 2000m Boys race and they took both sets of Gold team medals.

There were nearly twenty entries from Longford, Carrick-on-Shannon and Sligo competing in the Open Senior Cross Country with Longford AC athletes Adrianna Melia and Barry Sheil both first home taking 1st place Senior as well as 1st place for Longford. For many it was another days training for the upcoming Dublin marathon at the end of the month.

5th & 6th Class Girls 1000m individual medallists

5th & 6th Class Boys 1000m individual medallists

1st\2nd Year Girls 1600m individual medallists representing Moyne Community School, Lanesboro Community College and Cnoc Mhuire Granard.

1st\2nd Year Boys 2000m individual medallists representing Moyne Community School, Mercy Ballymahon, Lanesboro Community College, Carrick Community School and St Mel’s College.

Ray Flynn Tribute Mile, 2 October 2017

October 6th, 2017

All Photos courtesy of Tiernan Dolan.

Longford AC Juveniles were out in force on Monday 2nd October to take part in the Ray Flynn Tribute Mile. The event was organised by Irish Runner and the Liam Fenelon of the Longford Marathon Committee to celebrate the 35th Anniversary of Ray Flynn’s Irish mile record that still stands today, 3:49.77 minutes set on July 7, 1982 in Oslo at the Bislett Games.

A large crowd of 122 runners, including Ray Flynn and Enda Fitzpatrick, took to the starting line on the Ballinalee Road finishing at the Cathderal.  Running a paced mile was a new experience for nearly all the juveniles, following more experienced pace setters at 5, 6, 7 and 8 minute times. Its not every Monday night that members of Longford AC get the opportunity to run with a local legend who is a 2 time Olympian and Irish record holder!

Congratulations to 1st place Shane HEALY 00:04:29, 2nd place Cian MC PHILLIPS 00:04:36, and 3rd place Ben DOYLE 00:05:03, who were all presented with engraved crystal vases by Ray Flynn at the talk and social after the race at The Longford Arms Hotel.

4 minute times: Cian MC PHILLIPS 04:36

5 minute times: Christopher CONATY 05:21, Donal MULLIGAN 05:24,Joe REILLY 05:47, Darren O’NEILL 05:47, Michael O’HARA 05:54,

6 minute times: Brendan FINNAN 06:05, James GALLIGAN 06:10, Sean CROSSAN 006:11, Aidan O’BOYLE 06:20, Daniel HAYDEN 06:21, Kate HAGAN 06:48 **finished just next to Ray Flynn !, Tamara COSGROVE 06:53, Siog REILLY 06:54, Anna HAYDEN 06:54, Sarah MC PHILLIPS 06:54, Aideen MULLIGAN 06:55, Davidson Osulanya 06:56, Avril COSGROVE 06:58

7 minute times: Liam GALLIGAN 07:08, Alyssa GALLIGAN 07:12, Laura FARRELL 07:14,

8 minute times: Maria HAYDEN 08:30, Paula SEVILLANO 08:34, Elena DIAZ 08:35, Caitlin MAHER 08:40, Caitriona HAYDEN 08:41, Edwige MOTA 08:44, Aoife MAHER 08:56

9 minute times: Casey RUSKE 09:28Abbie RUSKE 09:31


Essential Info for upcoming Cross Country 2017:

September 8th, 2017

Primary Schools XC Races

Individuals and teams of up to 6 runners (4 to score)

Girls/Boys 3rd & 4th Classes (Junior) Co. Longford race 800m

Girls/Boys 5th & 6th Classes (Senior) Co. Longford race 1000m

Club Cross Country Distances

Individuals, Club teams 6 to run with 4 to score, County teams 10 to run with 6 to score

U11 1500m     U12 2000m     U13 2500m     U14 3000m    

U15 3500m     U16 4000m     U17 Girls 4000m \ U17 Boys 5000m


2017 Cross Country Fixtures:

Sat 30th September registration 4pm, races start @5pm sharp, Co. Longford Primary Schools Cross Country, races 3-4th classes, 5-6th classes. Also open 1st\2nd year secondary school race plus adult Cross Country Races, Moyne Community School, Co. Longford

Sat 14th OR 21st October, Connacht Primary Schools Cross Country (and Senior League #1), Roscommon, venue and date to be confirmed

Sun 29th October, Connacht Even Ages Cross Country (and Senior League #2), hosted by Leitrim to be run in Calry, Co. Sligo     *to qualify for Nationals Sun 26th Nov

Sun 5th November, Connacht Uneven Ages (and Senior League #3), at Moyne Community School, Co. Longford     *to qualify for Nationals Sun 17th Dec

Sun 26th November Even Ages National Championships, Senior & Junior, Abbotstown, Dublin

Sun 17th December Uneven Ages National Championships, Novice, TBC

Feb 2018 Juvenile ‘B’ XC and XC relays, Adult Intermediate & Masters XC

Indoor Athletics training for teenage members

September 8th, 2017

Starting Monday September 11th we are going to have a weekly indoor strength and conditioning session with sprint drills in the gymnasium at The Mall only for juveniles that are in secondary school (MUST be age 12+ years old).  Every Monday, 8-9pm, cost €10 for 4 weeks. We are only collecting the money once a month so you have to pay the full €10 on that night in order to take part for the first 4 sessions. 

Outdoor training at The Mall resumes on Friday September 8th and will be every Friday evening 7-8pm running on the grass and paths. We plan to book sessions on the indoor track at AIT for once per month. Attending both nights is highly recommended to build up fitness over the Fall\Winter to be ready for Indoor competition in February. It takes months to get in top form not afew weeks! Each of you can have an idea what events you want to work for and bring all your questions about what you need to be doing in training to the first session on Monday September 11th and we can work on training plans for sprinters, 200m, middle distance, cross country.

Cian Mc Phillips wins his 1st International Gold at Celtic Games 2017

September 4th, 2017

5th August 2017 at Morton Stadium, Santry

Each year the best athletic talent from the Celtic nations of Ireland, Scotland and Wales gather on a rotating basis in one of the countries to compete at U16 and U18 level.  The selection for the Irish team members is based on outstanding performances from the recent summer National Juvenile Track and Field Championships. The U18 boys\girls teams compete across the complete range of disciplines in track and field with a total 40 athletes selected to represent Ireland on the senior panel.  The U16 teams compete in a smaller number of events with only 6 boys and 5 girls chosen for the Irish junior squad. Each event earns points towards overall team performance, 5 points for the winner, 3 for second and 1 point for third. The host nation is also allowed enter a development squad in each age group which is essentially the National ‘B’ team. Cian Mc Phillips as the National U16 Champion in 800m was selected on the Ireland team which was a great honour for the club, his family and himself.

Because the 800m event was common to both age groups the U18 and U16 boys ran in the same race thus creating what was effectively two races on the track with the primary target of winning points for Team Ireland at U16 and U18 level.

As would be expected the U18 boys took the race out but the U16 boys with Cian in the lead stayed in close contact with them. The pace picked up considerably at the bell for the final lap and the gaps quickly appeared. As in the Athletics Ireland National final a few weeks ago Cian controlled the inside but not knowing what to expect from the Scottish and Welsh athletes he saved his sprint finish until the last 100m. His finishing pace easily took care of the opposition and such was his speed that he passed out the reigning Irish U18 champion in the finishing straight. His time of 1.57.33 was a new personal best by over three seconds and only missed the Celtic Games record by 0.16 of a second. David Mc Nair from Scotland finished 2nd, Irish Development Squad athlete Tommy Connolly in 3rd and the Welsh athlete, David Locke, in 4th place.

The 5 points for the win ensured that the Irish U16 boys team also won the team event. Cian was in fact the only Irish middle distance runner on any of the Irish age groups to record a win on the day such was the level of completion across all the nations. Team Ireland performed extremely well at The Celtic Games across the board winning in the three of the four team categories, U16 boys, U18 girls and boys, and 2nd place in U16 girls.

This finally brings a very successful season to an equally successful conclusion. It has been a great honour for the club to be represented at International level at The Celtic Games for the 2nd year in a row and to come away with a great win for Team Ireland. Last year Longford athlete Nelvin Appiah brought home Silver in the U16 High jump at 1.79m. Cian has worked very hard over a number of years and especially over the last year. A huge amount of credit goes to the club coaches who work so hard week in and week out with Cian and all the athletes in the club, to the Connaught Performance Squad and Joe Ryan. There are a number of other athletes in the club who have shown over the course of the season that they are getting closer to a podium finish at national level and eventually an Irish call up. Hard work and dedication through the winter months is very often the secret to a successful track season and that hard work will begin again in September. In the meantime the club would like to wish all the Longford representatives in the upcoming National Community Games Finals in Abbottstown all the best of luck and especially all our club members competing in the athletics.

Cian McPhillips on the Athletics Ireland podium at Morton Stadium, Santry as he received his first medal at international level last Saturday when he won the U16 Boys 800m with a superb new personal best time of 1:57.33 minute. 2nd place David Mc Nair, Scotland, 3rd place Tommy Connolly, Irish Development Squad and 4th place David Locke, Wales.

Longford Athletic Club U16 runner Cian McPhillips pictured with his first medal at international level at The Celtic Games  2017 in Morton Stadium. The distinctive medal has symbols to represent the three nations competing at the annual event, Ireland, Scotland and Wales, which was held in Dublin last Saturday.




Irish Life Health National Juvenile Track and Field Championships 2017

September 4th, 2017

16th July 2017, Day 3 at Tullamore, 200m and 1500m races

Day 3 of the Irish Life Health National Juvenile Track and Field Championships in Tullamore brought the curtain down on the T&F season for Longford AC. After the highs of the heroics in the National Indoors in Athlone last April, there was a realistic expectation that those heroics could be repeated again in the outdoors in Tullamore. In the end a medal haul of one gold and one silver medal was a disappointing return for the club but there was enough evidence of individual improvement to suggest that more medals can be won in the future.

The final day started with the heats of the 200m and the club were very well represented with athletes qualified to run in four different age groups. Christopher Conaty was first up in the U15 boys 200m. His time of 27.01 was very respectable but just missed out on a place in the final eight by coming in 9th overall. Christopher thus brought a very successful season to an end with the highlight being a 4th place finish in the indoor 800m and a silver medal in the 4X200m relay. Next up was Killian Rawle another member of that silver medal winning relay team. His time of 24.64 seconds was once again just shy of qualifying for the U16 Boys final but Killian has continued to make very good progress this season and now knows what needs to be done to take that final step up to the finals. Gospel Idahor ran a fantastic heat in the U17 girls 200m and qualified automatically for the final. While her run in the final was a little disappointing, Gospel has come on in leaps and bounds and appeared in four national finals in the same season harvesting a wealth of experience and knowledge and she has a new awareness that the podium is not very far off. The final club representative in the 200m was Nelvin Appiah who came into the race as the Indoor U17 Boys 200m Champion but also recovering from an injury picked up in the previous couple of weeks. The old sparkle was back as he recorded a comfortable 2nd place in his heat to easily qualify for the final. The break in training however cost him precious tenths of seconds in the final and on this occasion he had to be happy with a 4th place finish. However this was a great year for Nelvin with an individual gold medal and a relay team silver medal to add to his collection.

Next up were the two 1500m representatives, Joe Reilly and Cian Mc Phillips. Joe competed in the U15 boys 1500m having finished a very commendable 8th place in the 800m the previous week. This race was run at a manic pace from the gun and all plans and tactics went out the window as survival was what most competitors were thinking of coming into the final lap. In the end Joe ran a strong last lap but found the early pace had caused general carnage throughout the field with most athletes collapsing across the finish line. This was again a good learning experience for Joe and the upcoming cross country season will give him an opportunity to work on his endurance for next season. The final Longford competitor was Cian Mc Phillips in the U16 boys 1500m. Unlike Joe’s race, the early laps in the U16 race were more tactical with athletes watching each other and working themselves into a good position for the final lap. In the end the race really exploded into life at the start of the final 400m lap. The bell sounded to Sean Donoghue Celtic DCH (Dublin) and Cian unleashing a serious injection of pace which immediately left the rest of the field floundering in their wake. This shoulder to shoulder battle was almost identical to the previous week where Cian had won the 800m title in similar circumstances. With 100m left to race, it was Donoghue who got his shoulder in front and held on to win with Cian having to settle for the silver medal. While he was disappointed it was still a great championships for him with a gold and silver medal in his two events to add to the gold in the indoors and a silver in the U16 4X200m relay. That brought the T&F season to a conclusion for the club with the only remaining event being the Celtic Games in Morton Stadium in August where Cian Mc Phillips will represent Ireland in the 800m event.

Coaches Donal Mulligan and Paddy McPhillips with some of the Longford Athletics Club competitors in 200m and 1500m events on Day 3 of the Irish Life Health National Juvenile Outdoor Track & Field Championships 2017 at Tullamore. Pictured during the afternoon break are Christopher Conaty, Nelvin Appiah, Rachel Mulligan, Sarah McPhillips, Gospel Idahor and Joe Reilly, missing from the photo are Cian McPhillips and Killian Rawle.

Athletics Ireland Irish Life Health National Juvenile Outdoor Championships  Day 2

July 26th, 2017

9th July 2017 at Tullamore Harriers Stadium.

Longford athletic club juvenile members travelled to Tullamore for the second day of the national juvenile championships on Sunday the 9th of July.  Each Longford athlete had already performed really well this season in qualifying for the national finals by placing in the top three in Connacht.   The national finals are a big step up in quality with the very best in Ireland competing.

First up for Longford in the field events were Paul Idahor in the U15 boy’s long jump and Ryan Keogh in the U12 turbo Javelin.  Paul longest jump of 4.25 was not enough to get him amongst the medals.  This was Paul’s first outing at national finals and he showed he has the potential to perform really well at this level in future.   Ryan finished 9th overall with a throw of 23.21 and just missed out on making the final eight by a small margin and getting a further three throws.  This would have given Ryan a chance to throw nearer his personal best which would have placed him in the top 6 on the day.  Paul and Ryan gained valuable expedience at national level and with more work over the winter months on these technical events they both can look forward to event better results next year.

After lunch the remaining Longford athletes were ready for action on the track in the sprint events.  Dylan Horkan was running in the boy’s U18 400m.   Dylan moved to the 400m this year having previously concentrated on the 200m and 800m.  Dylan qualified to nationals after having a great race in Connacht were he ran under 55 seconds.  Dylan disappointedly suffered injury during his heat but showed great spirit to finish out his race.  Dylan can be proud of his Connacht performance and will come back stronger having chalked off the nationals as one of those unlucky days.   

The shorter sprints were up next.  Longford had a strong contingent of participants in these very competitive races.  Matthew McCormack started in the U12 boys 60m.  This was Matthew’s first time competing at national level.  Matthew ran with great determination in his heat to qualify for the final where he again demonstrated his speed to finish 6th in a very tight race.  Matthew showed he has the ability to mix it with the best in the country in his age and with more training can be in contention for medals in the future. 

Funmi Talabi who has been a regular contender in recent years at national level was competing in the U13 girl’s 80m.  Funmi qualified into the final as third fastest and a potential podium finisher. In the final Funmi got a poor start and was playing catch up for the rest of the race.  Funmi still managed to finish in 5th place in a very close race only .07 of a second from silver.  Funmi is certainly one of the fastest U13 girls in the country and with a better start has the potential to be the very fastest. 

New to athletic competition this year in the U15 boys 100m was Davidson Olusanya.  Davidson has shown his potential this year already having qualified through Connacht. The national finals are a big step up in quality and Davidson’s experience will prepare him for future competition at this level.   

Yemi Talabi qualified comfortably as fourth fastest into the final of the U16 girls 100m.  In a very close final Yemi finished in an excellent fourth overall.   Yemi got off to a poor start and had a little too much to do to get into the medals.  Yemi has tremendous athletic ability and natural speed.  When she executes her race and start as she would like she will be right up there fighting for gold.


Gospel Idahor performed excellently in the U17 girls 100m qualifying for the final and finishing in 5th overall.  Gospel is committed to training and competition and provides a great example to all our juvenile members on how with talent and dedication you can progress to a high level in your chosen event.  

In recent years Aaron Kelly has consistently been a top sprint performer at Connacht and National level.  Aaron was racing in the very competitive U18 boys 100m.  Aaron just failed to qualify into the final from a very difficult heat.  Aaron can build on this performance knowing that he has the ability and speed to challenge for final places and medals in the future.

Longford AC sprinters were on the track on Day 2 of the Irish Life Health National Juvenile Outdoor Track & Field Championships 2017: Yemi Talabi, Funmi Talabi, Goaspel Idahor, Paul Idahor and Davidson Olusayna.