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.

Irish Life Health Juvenile Outdoor ‘B’ Track & Field Championships

July 22nd, 2017

Tullamore, 15th July 2017

Well done to the five juveniles that travelled to Tullamore to compete in the National ‘B’ Track & Field Championships last Saturday. This competition is for improvers that want gain more experience competing at National level. It is only open to juveniles in the U12-16 age group who competed at Provincial level but did not place in the top 4. The opportunity to further practice some of the finer technical points such as setting up starting blocks can be a benefit to this up and coming group of young athletes.

Sian Gallagher came home with two new personal bests in both U12 Girls 600m, 2:05.91 minutes and 3.15m in long jump both noticeable improvements from the Connacht Outdoor Championship in early June.  Newcomer Shane Burke also achieved a new pb, 12.53 seconds, in the U14 Boys 80m sprint in his first outing at National level.

Joseph Carrigy and Eoin Kiernan were on the track for middle distance in the Boys U13 600m and U14 800m. Although both were disappointed they have a much better idea of the pace and stamina required and will hopefully apply this in their efforts for cross country in the autumn.  The standard at the National ‘B’ competition is always very demanding especially at the end to the season when athletes are relaxing on their summer holidays.

Sarah McPhillips ran well in the U14 Girls 80m sprint heats, 11.84 seconds, but did not progress from this stage. As there were four heats for this age group, only one place is guaranteed to each heat winner along with the next 4 fastest overall times. So many times Sarah would be the next one selected as she misses by just a fraction of a millisecond. She had a similar fate at the long jump pit as she came 4th out of 13 jumpers and achieved a great new pb but narrowly missed the podium by 0.07m. The sprint\long jump combination is definitely be the most popular event choices in nearly every age group so it always maintains the highest level of competitiveness.

This event marks the end of the track and field season for this year. When weekly training resumes in September the focus will be on preparation for cross country and building up fitness over the coming months.

Longford AC juvenile members Sarah McPhillips, Shane Burke and Sian Gallagher competed at the Athletics Ireland National ‘B’ Track and Field Championships in Tullamore on 15th July 2017 in sprint, middle distance and long jump events. All gained further competition experience and came home with new pbs.

Eoin Kiernan and Joseph Carrigy, Longford AC, were on the track in middle distance races at Tullamore Harriers Arena for the National ‘B’ Track and Field Championships on 15th July 2017.

Irish Life Health National Outdoor Track & Field Championships 2017

July 16th, 2017

Day 1, 8th July 2017 at Tullamore

Hurdles, 800m, U16 Long Jump

Day 1 of the Athletics Ireland National Track & Field Championships got under way in Tullamore Harriers Stadium last Saturday. All competitors have to be in the top four in their provincial championships in order to qualify to compete in the national showcase. This means that the very best juvenile athletes in the country were on show with the resultant setting of new national records and many exceptional performances in the field events and on the track.

Longford Athletics Club had Yemi Talabi competing in the U16 Girls’ Long Jump. After fouling her first jump, Yemi was under pressure to deliver a solid second and third jump. This she did but was a little below her usual high standards and failed to make the final eight jumpers who qualified for a further three jumps. However Yemi who just took up the long Jump this season should be well pleased to reach a national final at her first attempt. The experience gained from competing at this level and observing other more experienced jumpers will help her in the future.

The very same lessons apply to Corey Molloy who competed for the first time in Hurdles at National Level. The only practice for the Club in this event is during the few winter training sessions at Athlone IT track so it is difficult to be competitive at National with such limited facilities.

All attention then turned to the track and as usual Longford AC was well represented in the 800m events. First up was Jack Gallagher in the U14 Boys 800m. The standard in this race as in all the 800m races was exceptionally high and Jack gave his all on the day in a race that started fast and continued at a break neck for the entire two laps. The early pace told on many of the athletes and the very warm conditions saw most of them collapse over the finish line. Jack ran a good race to finish 10th and will have learned a lot from this outing, his second national final in a row.

Longford AC had two competitors in the U15 Boys 800m race, a feat not lost on the commentator considering that this month commemorates the 35th anniversary of Ray Flynn’s Irish Mile Record set in Oslo. Joe Reilly and Christopher Conaty carried the Longford colours into battle and like the previous race, a blistering early pace was set. Both Longford athletes settled into the middle of the group but such was the pace that the group spread out quickly and they had to fight hard to maintain their positions. With 100m left, the two boys were engaged in a terrific battle for 7th and 8th positions with Christopher just pipping Joe on the line to replicate the finishing positions from a year previous.

Cian McPhillips was next up in the U16 Boys’ race. As in the previous races, the very best athletes from each province took to the start line. Cian positioned himself on the shoulder of the leader for the first lap and as the bell sounded, he was in the perfect position to respond to the move of the Munster Champion Tommy Connolly, Leevale AC. Over the final 300m the large crowd was treated to one of the best head to head, shoulder to shoulder duels of the day. The two lads were locked together until with 100m left to run, Cian unleashed his renowned finishing kick which took him five metres clear and he continued to hold that comfortable lead all the way to the finish line, in the time of 2:02.05. This gold was added to the All-Ireland Indoor gold he won in Athlone International Arena last April and makes him the undisputed Irish number one in the 800m event. It was deserved reward for the club that had been so well represented by its middle distance athletes on such a prestigious occasion and on such an historical month for the club with the 35th anniversary of Ray Flynn’s mile record. Cian now will turn his attention to the 1500m next week end where he will renew the rivalry with many of the same competitors.

Day 2 saw the Club’s sprinters going against the clock as well as Ryan Keogh in U12 Turbo Javelin and Paul Idahor, U15 Boys’ Long Jump. Full report on these events next week. See Club website www.longfordac.com for more details.

Longford Athletics Club middle distance athletes Jack Gallagher, Joe Reilly, Christopher Conaty & Cian McPhillips all competed in the Boys 800m events at Tullamore Harriers Stadium on Day 1 of the Irish Life Health National Juvenile Outdoor Track & Field Championships.

On the winner’s podium at the All-Ireland Track & Field Championships in Tullamore, Longford Athletics Club juvenile athlete Cian McPhillips receives 1st place Gold in the U16 Boys 800m in the time of 2:02.05 minutes. Tommy Connolly, Leevale A.C.  2nd place, 2:02.44 minutes and Sean Donoghue, Celtic DCH A.C. 3rd place, 2:03.04 minutes.

The McPhillips family, Paddy, Cian, Laura & Sarah, pictured on Day 1 of the Athletics Ireland National Outdoor Championships at Tullamore after Cian won the U16 Boys 800m event, taking home the National title and Gold medal.

 

‘Record breaking day’ at Athletics Ireland National Juvenile Relay Championships

July 16th, 2017

Irish Life Health National Juvenile Outdoor Relay Championships

2nd July 2017 at Athlone IT

According to Athletics Ireland it was a ‘record breaking day’ as 240 Relay teams in the U12-19 age group competed in the Irish Life Health National Juvenile Outdoor Relay Championships and smashed nine records at a single event.  The standard of competition rose significantly as six new Boys Relay records and three for U17-19 Girls were all achieved at Athlone IT’s outdoor track.

Clubs travelled to Athlone IT from all corners of the country bringing their top sprinters to the annual event full of expectation to improve their Provincial times and vie for national medals. The Programme for the day saw a total of 22 races, Uneven Ages, U13, U15, U17, and U19 in the morning session and Even Ages on in the afternoon. Longford Athletics Club had seven teams in this year’s competition who all returned home wiser for the experience but empty handed.

Dundrum South Dublin AC absolutely ripped up the track in the U17 and U18 Girls and Boys 4X400m Relay events setting a very impressive three new records.  Unfortunately for Longford Leevale AC , Cork, dominated in the U16 and U17 Boys 4 X100m races shaving off precious milliseconds and getting their names firmly on the Record list in both.

To their credit all seven Longford AC teams ran very smoothly, had no errors on baton hand overs and all came away with new pbs as they improved their times at this outing at National level. Credit goes to Funmi Talabi, Laura Farrell, Killian Rawle, Cian Nolan and Nelvin Appiah who were all on double duty running on two teams each as numbers were very tight with 23 juveniles going forward to make the seven teams.

U13 Girls:  Funmi Talabi, Laura Farrell, Siog Reilly, Rachel Mulligan, 57.92 seconds

U14 Girls:  Sarah McPhillips, Aideen Mulligan, Funmi Talabi, Laura Farrell, 56.75 seconds  

U17 Girls:  Gospel Idahor, Yemi Talabi, Precious Oseyemi, Edwige Mota, 53.44 seconds, 7th place

U15 Boys: Cathal Farrell, Nevelone Dampare, Paul Idahor, Joe Reilly, 52.90 seconds

U16 Boys only Longford team to run in heat and Final: Killian Rawle, Cian McPhillips, Keelin McGann, Christopher Conaty, 49.44 seconds Heat, 49.51 Final 7th place

 U17 Boys: Nelvin Appiah, Cian Nolan, Kofi Appiah, Killian Rawle, 46.88 seconds, 7th place

U18 Boys: Dylan Horkan, Corey Molloy, Cian Nolan, Nelvin Appiah, 47.34, 7th place

Funmi Talabi, Laura Farrell, Siog Reilly and Rachel Mulligan, competed at the Athletics Ireland National Relay Championships, representing Longford AC in the U13 Girls 4X100m race. 240 Relay teams from across Ireland competed on the record breaking day as nine new records were set.

 Longford AC U15 Boys 4X100m Relay Team: Cathal Farrell, Nevelone Dampare, Brendan Finnan (sub), Joe Reilly and Paul Idahor pictured at the recent National Juvenile Relay Championships at Athlone IT where they achieved a new pb of 52.90 seconds.

Baton change between Longford AC teammates Joe Reilly and Nevelone Dampare in the U15 Boys 4X100m race at the Athletics Ireland National Relay Championships, July 2017 at Athlone IT. A total of 22 events were on the Programme for the U12-U19 juvenile age group.

Juvenile Track & Field U12-U16 “B” Championships, 15 July 2017

June 30th, 2017

Venue: Tullamore, Co. Offaly
Date: 24th June 2017
Time: 11.00 a.m.
Check in open 9.30 a.m.
Entry Fee: €10 per team
Closing Date: 17th June 2017 (no late entries)
Entries: Online via Regional Competition Secretary

U9 Girls & Boys                 U10 Girls & Boys                  U11 Girls & Boys
    Born 2008                        Born 2007                           Born 2006
        60m                              60m                                     60m
       300m                             500m                                   600m
     Long Jump                    Long Jump                         Long Jump
Turbo Javelin (300gr)    Turbo Javelin (300 gr)       Turbo Javelin (300 gr)

1. Two (2) athletes per team.
2. Each athlete may compete in two events only, with the same or two different partners.
3. Athletes compete in their own age group (U9 must be born 2008)
4. Each teams combined distances or combined times are added for team scoring.
5. Medals for 1st, 2nd, 3rd team members in each event.
6. Three (3) teams per event per region, qualifying through Regional/Provincial Secretary.
7. U9, 10 Long Jump competition, athletes may jump anywhere from the sand. U11 Long Jump competition is from the board. 3 Jumps only per athlete.
8. Turbo Javelin throw as per javelin throw (tip must hit ground)
One throw per athlete per round with the throw measured to where tip first touches ground.
9. 60m, 300m, 500m, 600m are on times – no finals.
10. Standing or crouch start is optional. The standing start command for all sprints are “on your marks” and “set”
11. Persistent false starts may lead to disqualification.
12. No entry or change of entry on the day of competition (In the event of one team member being unable to attend they may be replaced by a reserve member)
13. Club singlets must be worn – no tracksuits.
14. The Committee reserve the right to alter the timetable.
15. Relays are not part of the scoring for team competition.
16. All athletes MUST check in at the Check-in desk after collecting their numbers.Collecting your number does not mean you are checked in.
17. A Call Area will be in operation. Athletes must report to the Call Area when announced over the PA.
18. Clubs with more than one team per age group MUST declare the members of each team at check-in. Failure to do this will mean the teams will be scored as entered.
U9-U11 Inter-Club Relays
No entry on the day of competition. Entries come through Regional/Provincial Secretary Athletes may step up ONE (1) age group only and may compete in TWO (2)
relays on the day except U9 athletes must be born in year 2009 At least 2 members of a competing relay team, participating in that event on that day must
be of the correct age except U9 athletes must be born in year 2009 Relay teams qualify from region, 3 teams per region Team names, DOB, registration numbers must be submitted with entry DECLARATION SHEETS MUST BE FILLED IN FOR EACH INDIVIDUAL TEAM Spot checks may take place.