National Indoor Track & Field Championships

April 9th, 2015

Longford AC had a very busy weekend at the GloHealth Athletics Ireland National Indoor Championships March 21-22 at AIT International Arena. On Day 1 our juveniles were out in full force with 20 athletes taking part in the Relays. U12 Girls Sarah, Aideen, Melissa & Funmi finished 9th overall with a time of 60.03. U13 Boys Cathal, David, Brendan & Rory improved on their Connacht time, and with continued work they will be ready for the outdoor season. U14 Boys Cian McP, Daire, Adam & Brendan were the only Longford AC team to make it through the heats to run in the final. The length and speed of the 4 X 200m is a big step-up for this young team and they did us proud on the day. The U15 team of Cian N, Cian B, Cian McP & Niall experienced total devastation when their medal winning performance was disqualified due to stepping outside the zone during a hand over phase. There is no doubt that the team will learn from this and bounce back in June at the Connacht Outdoor Track & Field Championships. Unfortunately the U16 team, Corey, Aaron, Cian N & Cian B, were also served a harsh lesson. Changing the order of runners that morning upset their usual smooth performance and it cost this very fast team their shot at a set of National medals. It is an achievement in itself to compete at National level and represent not only Longford but Connacht as well. Well done to all the athletes and thanks to the parents and families that gave great support over the entire weekend.

We had 3 juvenile athletes competing in field events over the weekend of competition. Sean McMauns had a new pb 9.29m in U17 Shot Putt. Brendan Finnan also notched up a new pb in U13 High Jump getting over 1.30m. Brendan was also at Long Jump gaining more experience in this technical event. Tommy Corcoran had 3 throws all over 6m in the U12 Boys Shot Putt.


Cian mc Phillips Retains All Ireland Indoor Title

Cian Mc Phillips running in the singlet of Longford Athletic Club retained his All Ireland Indoor Under 14 800m title in impressive fashion on Saturday last in the GloHealth National Indoor Juvenile Championships staged once again in the impressive International Arena in Athlone Institute of Technology. Fourteen athletes lined up at the start of the race, all medalists from the Dublin region plus the four provinces. This was a very large number on the tight indoor track and inevitably led to lots of jostling as the gun went off. Cian being one of the smaller athletes found himself near the back of the large field but gradually worked his way through the field to lie on the shoulders of the two leaders at 200m. That first 200m was run in a blistering 30 seconds and the field had already been strung out. Cian remained in third place playing a waiting game and knowing that he was well positioned to cover any attacks off the front. As the bell rung to signal the final lap, he attacked and quickly opened a 20 m lead. With 100m to go and the gap extending, he was able to round the final bend and enjoy the final 50 m to the line knowing that the gold medal and national title was secure for another year in a winning time of 2.16.66 seconds. This was a fitting conclusion for Longford AC who has 22 athletes compete in the Glohealth National Indoor Championships over the last two weekends in Athlone. If lady luck had smiled a little more benignly the previous weekend, Longford’s medal haul would have undoubtedly been greater. All the athletes turn their attention to the outdoor season which is about to begin and look forward to the Connaught championships in June.

Cian McPhillips Gold 800m indoor, March 2015

Longford Primary Schools’ Relay Races

April 9th, 2015

Longford Primary Schools relays programme 2015

Under 16 Boys Relay Team – Silver Medalists

March 12th, 2015


U16 Boys Relay team representing Longford AC that won a set of Silver medals at the Connacht Indoor Track & Field Championship at AIT Arena on March 1st, 2015. Trained through the athletics sub club in Kenagh, Cian Nolan, Cian Belton, Corey Molloy & Aaron Kelly will put in extra hours to prepare for the step up to Athletics Ireland National Finals on March 21st.

Bronze Medalist in Under 12 Boys Shot Putt

March 12th, 2015


Longford AC juvenile athlete Tommy Corcoran at the Connacht Indoor Track & Field Championship winner’s podium on Feb 28, 2015 receiving Bronze in the U12 Boys Shot Putt for his excellent throw of 6.89m.

Under 13 Boys Relay Team – Bronze Medalists

March 12th, 2015


Longford AC U13 Boys Relay team receiving Bronze medals at the Connacht Indoor Track & Field Championship held at AIT International Arena Feb 28, 2015. David McDonnell, Evan Moran, Brendan Finnan, Cathal Farrell and Rory Farago have now qualified for the Glo Health Athletics Ireland National Relay Finals in mid March where they will represent Longford AC in this prestigious competition.

Under 15 Boys Relay Team – Bronze Medalists

March 12th, 2015


Cian Belton, Cian Nolan, Niall Moran & Martin Parker- Longford AC U15 Boys 4X200m Relay team Bronze medallists at the Connacht Indoor Championship at AIT International Arena on March 1st, 2015. The team has qualified for the Glo Health Athletics Ireland National Indoor Finals to be held on March 21st.

Longford AC U12 Girls Relay team – Silver Medalists

March 10th, 2015


Longford AC U12 Girls Relay team captured Silver at the Connacht Indoor Track & Field Championship held at the AIT International Arena on Feb 28, 2015. Aideen Mulligan, Sarah McPhillips, Melissa O’Kane and teammate Funmi Talabi will go forward to compete in the Glo Health Athletics Ireland National Relay finals in mid March.

Bronze medalists in U14 Boys 4X200m Relay

March 10th, 2015


Bronze medalists in U14 Boys 4X200m Relay: Longford AC runners Brendan Finnan, Daire McManus, Adam Shields & Cian McPhillips in great form at the Connacht Indoor Championship after securing their place in the Athletics Ireland National Finals in 3 weeks’ time.

Longford AC Grab the Baton to Win 5 Connacht Relay Medals at the Indoor Track & Field Championships, March 2015  

March 10th, 2015

By Leslie Finnan

The juvenile athletes from Longford AC had phenomenal success at the recent 2 day Connacht Indoor Track & Field Championships at the International Arena at Athlone IT, bringing home provincial medals in 16 different events that all qualify for the upcoming prestigious GloHealth Athletics Ireland National Indoor Finals. The Club excelled in relays, with 5 teams U12-U16 all placing in the top 3 which gives 20 promising young runners from across the County the opportunity to gain valuable competition experience at national standard.

The recent achievements are triple the 2014 results when Longford AC won 5 Connacht medals and had three relay teams finish in 4th place. 43 Longford children took part this year reflecting the growth and popularity of athletics with training groups formed in Kenagh and Dromard as well as twice weekly in Longford town.

In the individual track events Edgeworthstown’s Yemi Talabi and Kenagh lads Corey Molloy, Cian Nolan and Aaron Kelly all impressed with their exceptional speed in Sprint collecting Connacht gold, silver and 2 bronze. Middle distance runners Sarah Murphy, Dromard, and Ardagh’s Cian McPhillips repeated their provincial success of 2014 qualifying once again in the 800m race where they will be serious contenders in the national race.

4 juveniles will go forward in mid-March to represent Longford AC in field events. Brendan Finnan was in great form winning 2nd in High Jump and 3rd place in Long Jump, achieving a new pb of 4.20m. Niall Moran, Strokestown, improved on last year’s Connacht result securing 2nd place and a new pb of 4.74m. Mark Brady’s Shot Putt instruction over the last few weeks really made an impact with Granard’s Tommy Corcoran, 6.89m Bronze, new Club member Sean McManus, 9.18m Silver, and Melissa O’Kane, 4.48m 6th place, all showing promise in this throwing event.

Coaches Paddy McPhillips, Caitriona Hayden, Leslie Finnan, Donal Mulligan and Adeline Galligan will put in renewed effort over the coming two weeks to fine tune the 5 relay teams in hopes of achieving an elusive set of National medals. It will be a very proud day when 22 Longford AC juvenile athletes line out on the track, relay batons in hand, for GloHealth Athletics Ireland National Indoor Finals on 21st March 2015.





Connacht Indoor Track & Field Championship 2015 Longford AC Results

March 10th, 2015

Longford AC won Connacht medals in 16 events, 5 of which were Relay teams, and 22 of our juvenile athletes will now go forward to compete in the GloHealth Athletics Ireland National Indoor Finals in mid-March. Last year only 5 athletes from Longford AC (Niall Nerney, Niall Moran, Cian McPhillips, Sarah Murphy & Brendan Finnan) went on to the National Indoor Finals so 2015 is looking like our best year ever!

Day 1- Feb 28, 2015 Longford AC won 5 Connacht medals

2nd place U12 Girls Relay 4X100m

3rd place U13 Boys Relay 4X100m

3rd place U12 Boys Shot Putt Tommy Corcoran (6.89m)

2nd place U13 Boys High Jump Brendan Finnan

3rd place U13 Boys Long Jump Brendan Finnan (4.20m)


Other excellent performances on the day:

Sarah McPhillips U12 Girls 60m 9.36 =5th place

Melissa O’Kane U12 Girls 600m 2.01:24 = 5th place

Melissa O’Kane U12 Girls Shot Putt 5.01m= 6th place

Tommy Corcoran U12 Boys High Jump 1.25m = 4th place

5th place U12 Boys Relay 4X100m Tommy Corcoran, Jack Gallagher, Michael McDonnell & Jack Belton (sub Mark Rowley)

Rory Farago U13 Long Jump 4.09m = 4th place

Cathal Farrell U13 Boys 60m 9.02= 7th place

David McDonnell U13 Boys 60m 8.8=5th place

David McDonnell U13 Boys Long Jump 4.03m = 5th place

Brendan Finnan U13 Boys 60m Hurdles 10.84 sec = 4th place


Day 2- March 1st, 2015 Longford AC won 11 Connacht medals

U14 Boys Relay Team = 3rd place

U15 Boys Relay Team = 3rd place

U16 Boys Relay Team = 2nd place

Sarah Murphy 800m = 2.36:97 = 2nd place

Yemi Talabi 60m 8.54 = 1st place

Cian McPhillips 800m 2.26:80 = 3rd place

Niall Moran Long Jump, 4.74m = 2nd place

Cian Nolan 60m 7.98= 3rd place

Aaron Kelly 60m 7.79= 3rd place

Corey Molloy 60m 7.772= 2nd place

Sean McManus Shot Putt 9.18 = 2nd place


Other excellent performances on Day 2:

Daire McManus 60m 8.41 = 4th place

Cian McPhillips 60m 8.59 = 7th place

Cian Belton 60m 8.34= 7th place

Niall Moran 60m 8.31= 6th place

Aaron Kelly 200m 26.27 = 6th place

Corey Molloy 200m 26.00 = 5th place