Information for all children U9-11 regarding Connacht Outdoor Championships

May 18th, 2015

Saturday 6th June 2015 at Claremorris, Co. Mayo

Parents must email their child’s name, date of birth and events they are choosing to

Children can chose 2 events only and must stay in their own age group:

Born in 2007 Born in 2006 Born in 2005
U9 Girls & Boys U10 Girls & Boys U11 Girls & Boys
60m 60m 60m
300m 500m 600m
Long Jump Long Jump Long Jump
Turbo Javelin (300gr) Turbo Javelin (300gr) Turbo Javelin (300 gr)
Relay 4X100m Relay 4X100m Relay 4X100m


In the U9-11 age group 2 children work together as a pair\team both entering the same event. The combined distances or combined times are added together for team scoring. Medals for 1st, 2nd, 3rd teams in each event and the top 3 teams per event in Connacht qualify for National Children’s Games on Sat 27th June 2015.

Each athlete may compete in two events only, with the same or two different partners but you must have a partner to enter.

Athletes can only compete in their own age group (U9 must be born 2007) for the pairs events but they may move up 1 year to be on a relay team.

In U9 & U10 Long Jump competition, athletes may jump from anywhere.  U11 Long Jump competition is from the board. 3 Jumps only per athlete.

In the Turbo Javelin throw as per javelin throw -tip must hit ground first.  One throw per athlete per round with the throw measured to where tip first touches ground.

All 60m, 300m, 500m, 600m races are on times – no finals.  Standing or crouch start is optional. No starting blocks.

Parents must email their child’s name, date of birth and events they are choosing to

All children U12-19 about the upcoming Connacht Outdoor T&F Championships in June.

May 15th, 2015

Connacht Outdoor Track & Field Championships 2015

Info for all athletes ages 12-19 years

U12 athletes compete on Saturday June 6th  (same day as U9-11 pairs)

U13-19 athletes compete on Saturday June 13th

Location for both dates is Claremorris, Co. Mayo

Athletes are confined to their own age group for all individual & field events. You may move up 1 age group to run on a relay team.

In 2015 Child will turn Age 11 years (Born 2004) = U12

In 2015 Child will turn Age 12 years (Born 2003) = U13

In 2015 Child will turn Age 13 years (Born 2002) = U14

In 2015 Child will turn Age 14 years (Born 2001) = U15

In 2015 Child will turn Age 15 years (Born 2000) = U16

In 2015 Child will turn Age 16 year (Born 1999) = U17

Athletes ages U12, 13, 14, 15 and 16 can only enter 3 events plus a relay team (athletes ages U17, 18 and 19 can enter 4 events plus a relay team).

U12s all must do a crouched start. The commands for all sprints are “on your marks” and “set”

Athletes from U14 upwards must use Starting Blocks. Blocks are optional for U12 and U13s.

U13, 14, 15 – One false start and all are on warning of next false start leading to disqualification.  U16 upwards First false start leads to disqualification.

ALL FIELD EVENT ATHLETES MUST BE TECHNICALLY PROFICIENT AND COMPETENT IN THE EVENT IN THE INTEREST OF SAFETY. In all field events except the High Jump and Pole Vault each athlete will get 3 attempts, and then the 8 best athletes will get 3 more throws/jumps. U12 Turbo Javelin rules and format are the same as javelin competition. 3 individual throws per athlete and the Top 8 get 3 more throws.

The first 4 winners in each event from Connacht qualify for the National Championships, except in the 600\800m it is only the first 3 that go through.

Athletes MUST wear the Longford AC Singlet in competition, white shorts and white socks.

Only 5mm spikes may be used.

Coaches and parents are not allowed on the track at any time. Any parent or club official found on the track risk the possibility of their athlete and club being disqualified.

Dates to note for those that qualify after the Connacht competition: GloHealth National Juvenile Finals at Tullamore, Co. Offaly

Day 1  Track & Field U12-U19 (hurdles and 600\800m)   Sat  4th July 2015

Day 2  Track & Field U12-U19 (sprint)  Sat 11th July 2015

Day 3  Track & Field U12-U19  Sun 12th July 2015

Day 4  Relays Sat 18th July 2015


U12-16 Athletes can chose 3 events plus a relay team

U12 U13 U14 U15 U16
60m Sprint 80m Sprint 80m Sprint 100m Sprint 100m Sprint
60m Hurdles 75m Hurdles 80m Hurdles 80m Hurdles
250m Hurdles 250m Hurdles
200m 200m 200m
600m 600m 800m 800m 800m
1500m 1500m 1500m
2000m Walk 2000m Walk 2000m Walk
Discus Discus Discus
Hammer Hammer Hammer
High Jump High Jump High Jump High Jump High Jump
Long Jump Long Jump Long Jump Long Jump Long Jump
Shot Putt Shot Putt Shot Putt Shot Putt Shot Putt
Turbo Javelin Javelin Javelin Javelin Javelin
Triple Jump Triple Jump
Pole Vault Pole Vault
Relay 4X100m Relay 4X100m Relay 4X100m Relay 4X100m Relay 4X100m

Midlands Inter-County Match

May 15th, 2015

Link below is to the programme for the upcoming 4 Counties Track and Field competition on Fri 22 May at Tullamore Harriers.

Inter-county Match Programme

All LAC children Born 2007-2004, U9-U14 age group, can compete. No need to register for any events beforehand.
All of our athletes Must wear their  Longford AC singlet.

Longford Primary Schools Relay Races

May 9th, 2015


1st Place – Killoe

Longford Primary Schools Relay Races

May 9th, 2015

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2nd Place – Clonguish.

The Ray Flynn Perpetual Trophies

May 9th, 2015


1st, 2nd & 3rd place trophies for the Longford Primary Schools Relay Races donated to Longford AC by the family of Ray Flynn.

Longford Primary Schools Relay Races.

May 9th, 2015

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St. Mel’s NS, Ardagh – 3rd place
Caitriona Hayden presents the 3rd place Ray Flynn Perpetual Trophy to Mrs. Celine Kenny and the St. Mel’s NS students involved in the Longford Primary Schools Relay Races.

Co Longford School Relay 2015 Results

April 20th, 2015


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