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.
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.
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 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.
Longford AC Grab the Baton to Win 5 Connacht Relay Medals at the Indoor Track & Field Championships, March 2015March 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.
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
KNOW WHAT DAY YOU ARE COMPETING. CHECK THE TIMETABLE ON THIS WEBSITE
WEAR LONGFORD AC TOP WITH WHITE SHORTS AND SOCKS. IF YOU WANT TO WEAR A TEE SHIRT UNDER THE VEST, IT MUST BE A PLAIN WHITE ONE
MAKE SURE TO USE 5 MM SPIKES IF YOU ARE WEARING SPIKES
THE TIMETABLE IS A RUNNING ORDER AND NOT A TIME TABLE. YOU WILL NEED TO WATCH THE EVENTS IN PROGRESS TO KNOW WHERE THINGS ARE AT ON THE TIMETABLE
MAKE SURE YOU LEAVE YOURSELF ENOUGH TIME FOR A GOOD WARM UP. ATHLETES ARE ‘CALLED’ INTO ASSEMBLY ABOUT 15 MINUTES BEFORE THEY ARE DUE TO COMPETE. YOU NEED TO HAVE A GOOD WARM UP DONE BEFORE THAT.
THE FIRST EVENT EACH DAY IS AT 10AM.
THOSE IN THE UNDER 12 AND UNDER 14 RELAYS SHOULD TRY AND BE IN ARENA AROUND 9AM TO GET NUMBERS AND PINS AND THEN GET WARMED UP.
THE UNDER 12 GIRLS RELAY SHOULD BE CALLED INTO ASSEMBLY AT 9.45AM ASSEMBLY WILL BE UPSTAIRS AT THE END OF THE WARM UP TRACK FOR TRACK EVENTS AND AT THE EVENT FOR ALL FIELD EVENTS I.E LONG JUMP ASSEMBLES AT LONG JUMP PIT
NO TRAINING ON FRIDAY NIGHT 26TH FEB IN THE MALL
BEST OF LUCK TO EVERYONE REPRESENTING LONGFORD AC AND ENJOY THE EXPERIENCE
BELOW IS THE INFORMATION WE RECEIVED FROM CONNAUGHT ATHLETICS
Notes for All Clubs; Athletes, Parents and Coaches for Connaught Indoors
NO food is to be eaten in the Stadium; an area of the foyer will be made available.
All spectators are asked to sit in the Stadium, NO standing along the rails will be allowed.
Only Athletes warming up will be allowed on the upper track, NO spectators.
Assembly for All track events is upstairs and only when called.
Assembly for All field events is at the event.
Results for the outer track and inner (sprint) track will all be done on time, No Finals.
Standards will be used for the Long Jump, all 1st jumps measured; all subsequent jumps only measured if they are near or exceed that of the 6th longest jump.
The board takes no responsibility for athletes missing or late for events, this lies with the club/athlete.
WE WILL BRING A SUPPLY OF PINS