2016/2017 Dates for Secondary Schools Athletics

September 20th, 2016

Competition Rules & Regulations for ISAA (Irish Schools Athletics Association)
Membership: The Association is the governing body for Post-Primary Schools athletics in Ireland and as such is the controlling body of schools athletics.
Age-Groups: Age groups for boys and girls shall be as follows:
■Minor: Under 14 on 1st July in the year of competition
■Junior: Under 15 on 1st July in the year of competition
■Intermediate: Under 17 on 1st July in the year of competition
■Senior: Under 19 on 1st January in the year of competition
The Schools’ Athletics Association is the governing body for Post-Primary Schools Athletics. The association is a cross-community organisation with over 650 affiliated schools throughout the Island of Ireland.
Provinces: The association consist of provincial associations in Connacht, Leinster, Munster and Ulster. There are 14 regions/districts across the provinces:
■Connacht: North Connacht and South Connacht.
■Leinster: North Leinster, South Leinster, East Leinster, West Leinster.
■Munster:North Munster, South Munster, East Munster.
■Ulster: A District, B District, C District, D District, E District.
■Competition Programme
Competition: The Irish Schools’ Athletics Association competition programme includes:
■Cross Country – February/March
■Track & field – April, May, June
■Combined Events – September
International Competition: Each competition is followed by a Schools’ International between England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales.
Important Dates for 2016/2017
26 Oct 2016 Connacht Schools Combined Events, AIT
12 Nov 2016 All Ireland Schools Combined Events, AIT
10 Dec 2016 Schools International Combined Events, AIT

?Feb/March 2017, Connacht Schools North and South Cross Country, TBC
11 March 2017 All Ireland Schools Cross Country, TBC
25 March 2017 Schools International Cross Country, Wales

May 2017 Connacht Schools North and South T&F, TBC
3 June 2017 All Ireland Schools T&F Championships, Tullamore
24 June 2017 Tailteann Interpro Games, Morton Stadium, Santry, Dublin
15 July 2017 Schools International T&F Championships, Morton Stadium, Santry, Dublin

2016/2017 Calendar for Juvenile Athletes

September 20th, 2016

(**dates can change so any updates will be closer to the actual event)

Training at AIT indoor track, 7-8:30pm, cost €3 each

Fri Sept 30,  Fri Oct 21,  Fri Nov 18,  Fri Dec 9

(We have already pre booked Jan 13, 20 & 27, 2017 to prepare for provincial Indoor Track & Field competitions)


Cross Country:  local & Connacht

Sat 24th Sept, Co. Longford Primary Schools Cross Country (3rd-6th classes, plus 1st/2nd year secondary schools) at Moyne, 4pm registration, races start at 5pm sharp *also includes Open Senior and Longford XC for adults

Sat 15 Oct, Connacht Primary Schools and Senior League 1, Sligo, 12 noon start

Sun 30 Oct, Connacht Even Ages and Senior League 2, Galway, 12 noon start

Sun 6 Nov, Connacht Uneven Ages and Senior League 3, Mayo, 12 noon start


Cross Country– National

Sun 27 Nov GloHealth National Inter Club & Juvenile Even Age XC, Abbottstown, Dublin

Sun 11 Dec GloHealth National Novice XC & Juvenile Uneven Age XC, Dundalk IT

Sun 22 Jan AAI Intermediate XC & Juvenile Inter Club XC Relays (U12 & U14), TBC

Sun 12 Feb AAI Masters XC & Juvenile B XC Championships, TBC


Indoor T&F 2017

Sat 25 Feb 2017 Connacht Indoor T &F for U12 &13, AIT

Sun 26 Feb 2017 Connacht Indoor T & F for U14+, AIT

Sat 25 March AAI Juvenile Indoors Day 1 TBC

Sun 26 March AAI Juvenile Indoors Day 2 TBC

Sat 1st April AAI Juvenile Indoors Day 3 TBC

Cian McPhillips- Bronze in U15 800m race at GloHealth Athletics Ireland National Juvenile OutdoorChampionships

July 21st, 2016


Longford Athletic Club middle distance runner Cian McPhillips after he received his Bronze medal in Tullamore on Day 1, July 10, 2016,  of the GloHealth Athletics Ireland National Juvenile Outdoor Championships. Cian’s time of 2.13.05 was only 1.55 seconds off the winner who he kept pace with throughout the 800m race. Also pictured on the podium are 1st place, David Smith, Letterkenny AC and 2nd place, Tommie Connolly, Leevale AC.

Nelvin Appiah U16 high jump Gold at All-Ireland championships

July 21st, 2016


Nelvin Appiah standing on the podium as he received the All-Ireland Gold medal in U16 High Jump on Day 1 of the GloHealth Athletics Ireland National Juvenile Outdoor Championships in Tullamore on July 10th.  He beat off stiff competition from both Joseph McEvoy, Nenagh Olympic AC and Lucas Moylan, Naas AC to capture 1st place at 1.84m in wet and slippery conditions.

Day 1 competitors in middle distance and hurdles

July 21st, 2016


Longford Athletic Club juveniles Jack Gallagher, Christopher Conaty, Joe Reilly and Brendan Finnan all pictured at the Tullamore Harriers Track after they competed in Day 1 of the GloHealth Athletics Ireland National Outdoor Championships in hurdles and middle distance races on July 10th, 2016.

GloHealth Athletics Ireland National Juvenile Outdoor Championships- Day 1 results

July 21st, 2016

10 July 2016 at Tullamore Harriers Stadium

Longford Athletic Club: 1 Gold, 1 Bronze and 3 new pbs

With the relays, combined events and ‘B’ competitions all completed last week the focus of juvenile athletics across Ireland is now on individual events. The Programme for Day 1 of the GloHealth Athletics Ireland National Juvenile Outdoor Championships held in Tullamore on July 10th was U16-19 field events, middle distance and hurdles races.

Longford Athletics Club had 6 juveniles qualify for action on Day 1 from last month’s Provincial competitions in Galway and Sligo. Despite the inclement weather, Longford came home with 1 Gold and 1 Bronze, and 3 new personal best times.

After two 4th place finishes in both High Jump and 200m in March at the Indoor Championships, Nelvin Appiah knew he had to bring determination and focus to his events. To succeed in outdoor high jump in wet and slippery conditions you need to be fearless and when it came down to the final three competitors Nelvin had to dig deep to hold his nerve. He made hard work of it, having to flop over the bar 8 times as it was moved up in increments. There was a great cheer from the Longford coaches and supporters when Nelvin was the only one to clear 1.84m and win Gold in the U16 Boys High Jump. This performance sees him make the list to be considered for the August Celtic Games Track and Field in Swansea, Wales.

Longford’s four middle distance runners were in great form heading to Tullamore. Having secured Gold in the U13, 14 and 15 Boys races at Provincial level the Club was eager to be represented in all 3 age groups at the Nationals and to see how they stack up to the highest standard.

Jack Gallagher, Ardagh, was first up in the U13 Boys 600m and as expected, he gave his all to set a new personal best at 1.43.51, a 4 second improvement on his Connacht time from early June.  The winner set a new Championship Best Performance in this age group so the fast pace pressure was on from the starting gun.

Joe Reilly, Moyne, and Christopher Conaty, Colmcille, worked very well together in the Connacht race pushing each other to win 1st and 2nd in the U14 Boys 800m. Having spent the last three weeks doing interval training together they were extremely well matched going out onto the track at All-Ireland level. Both knocked 8 seconds from their Provincial time to get a new pb each, Joe finishing only a fraction ahead at 2.20.80 for 6th place and Christopher 7th place at 2.20.91.

Medals were proving hard to come by until Cian McPhillips took his place on the line for the U15 Boys 800m.  He got up to the front pack and stayed there throughout the two laps to finish 3rd and secure a Bronze at 2.13.05, despite being pushed and getting spiked on his shin. Cian looked very comfortable with the pace and will contest the 1500m next weekend.

The final Longford AC competitor in Day 1 events was Brendan Finnan running in the U14 Boys 75m Hurdles. He used this opportunity to gain more confidence in hurdles which he needs for pentathlons.

Next week’s Day 2 timetable will see Funmi Talabi, Gospel Idahor, Killian Rawle and Aaron Kelly competing in sprints.

Longford AC U13 Girls National Relay Team- 6th place

July 14th, 2016


Longford Athletic Club U13 Girls 4 X 100m Relay team finished 6th place overall at the National Juvenile Relay Championships at Tullamore last weekend. Melissa O’Kane, Sarah McPhillips, Funmi Talabi & Avril Cosgrove further improved on their Bronze medal winning performance at Connacht level with a new pb at the Nationals of 56.72.

Longford AC U12 Girls relay team in National Relay Finals

July 14th, 2016


Longford Athletic Club U12 Girls 4 X 100m Relay team were in action on the track last weekend at Tullamore Harriers Stadium in the National Juvenile Relay Championships. Siog Reilly, Kaela Brady, Funmi Talabi and Laura Farrell qualified from their heat to run in the final.

GloHealth Athletics Ireland National Juvenile Relay Championships

July 14th, 2016

Saturday 9th July 2016

held at Tullamore Harriers Stadium

 The GloHealth Athletics Ireland National Juvenile Relay Championships were held at Tullamore Harriers Stadium last Saturday with over 220 teams in the U12-19 age groups from across the country competing for the prestigious All-Ireland medals.

All three teams from Longford Athletic Club had the same goal in mind, to improve their times and qualify from the heats stage to the final race. In the most unusual way both the U12 and U13 girls’ team managed to achieve this goal and both achieved new personal best performances for their efforts.

The Uneven Ages races, U13, 15, 17 and 19, were run in the morning in windy and wet conditions. An unexpected mishap when one of the advertising signs blew out and impeded their lane led the girls on an alternative route to the final. Sarah McPhillips, Funmi Talabi, Melissa O’Kane and Avril Cosgrove rose to the occasion and run a solo race on the track in front of the very large crowd to record a new time which saw them finish in 6th place overall, at 56.72. This was a big request of athletes that are only 11 and 12 years of age and showed the girls determination to move forward.

The afternoon session was for the Even Ages races with Longford U12 Girls competing against a full panel of 21 teams. Twice in the day the final came down to the unusual number of 9 teams forcing it to be run in two separate heats as there are only 8 lanes. Siog Reilly, Kaela Brady, Funmi Talabi and Laura Farrell actually tied for the 8th/9th qualifying place but were disappointed to be disqualified for a baton change violation in the wet and slippery conditions. Their performance would have seen them finish 7th overall which is a fantastic achievement at National level.

Longford’s U14 Boys team notched a new pb of 54.78 gaining experience and confidence competing with the top teams in Ireland. Christopher Conaty, Joe Reilly, Cathal Farrell and Brendan Finnan will have to incorporate sprint drills into their hectic schedules to shave off a few more precious seconds from their time as the overall winner came in at 50.36.

Now the focus of the Championships will shift to the individual events with Longford Athletic Club juveniles competing in sprint and 200m, middle distance, hurdles and high jump over the next few weekends of July.

Athletics Ireland National Children’s Games

July 9th, 2016

Tullamore Harriers Stadium – 3rd July 2016

Four of Longford Athletic Club’s youngest members qualified to compete in the GloHealth Athletics Ireland National Children’s Games last Sunday in Tullamore. Twin brothers Cormac and Padraic Mulligan from Dromard finished in 7th place overall out of 13 pairs in the U9 Boys Turbo Javelin event with their combined score of 23.74m. The boys enthusiastically practiced at home and improved their bronze medal distance from Connacht by 5 meters. Cormac’s best throw of 12.52m listed him as 9th on the panel of 26.
Rising to competition at National level never phased the U9 Boys Relay Team who thoroughly enjoyed their day out in Tullamore. Max Gallagher, Conor Wright, Cormac and Padraic Mulligan gave a very smooth performance in their heat, 1:08.26, with all baton handovers completed well. They were disappointed to narrowly miss the recall to the final by a fraction of a second.
The U14-16 Combined Events Programme was integrated into the day’s events in Tullamore. Longford’s only entrant was Brendan Finnan in the U14 Boys pentathlon, doing 5 events over the day. Brendan succeeded in improving both his 800m time by 5 seconds, and overall score from his first outing in the Indoor season in January. Well done on his 7th place finish out of 11 participants in this age group.
Next weekend 3 teams will travel to the National Relay Finals for juveniles aged U12-19. Day 1 of the individual National Outdoor Track and Field Championships on Sunday July 10th will see Longford’s middle distance Connacht medallists take to the track. Jack Gallagher U13 600m, and Joe Reilly, Christopher Conaty and Cian McPhillips will all run in the 800m events.