Juvenile Info for 2018

February 12th, 2018

Connacht Indoor Track & Field Championships.

Entries are now due, deadline is Thursday February 15th. Each athlete is allowed to enter up to 3 individual events plus a relay team. Entry fee €5 per juvenile must be paid on the day.

Email name, date of birth and events selected to longfordac@gmail.com

All Longford competitors to wear white shorts, white socks and blue Longford AC singlet (will be available to purchase on the day, variety of sizes, cost €25). Only 5mm spikes are allowed. Parents are needed to volunteer as officials for afew hours each day so please text Leslie or Paddy. No experience is needed, you will get ‘on the job’ instruction.

U12 (born 2007) & U13 (Born 2006) is on Saturday February 24, starts at 9:45am sharp, be there at 9am.
U14-U19 (Born 2005- 2000) is on Sunday February 25 at AIT, starts with U18, 16 & 14 relays at 9:45am, be there at 9am (or according to your event).

Additional training For Connacht competition only: Friday February 16th training at AIT Indoor track, 7-8:30pm ONLY for athletes age 11+ (Born 2007 and older ONLY) who are competing in Connacht Indoor T&F. Cost €3 each. There will NOT be any training for younger children at this session. In general training schedule follows school calendar so ordinary weekly training is off due to mid-term break.

Sunday February 18th training for RELAY teams only, AIT indoor track 10:30- 12 noon. Cost €3 each.
ALL relay team members MUST attend as it is essential to get 1 full practice on the track seeing zone markings and doing baton handovers.

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Connacht Senior Cross Country Championship Medals and Half Marathon PB’s for Longford AC

February 5th, 2018

November 19th 2017, report by Donal Mulligan

The third and final leg of the Connacht Cross Country league was held in St.Brigid’s GAA grounds, Kiltoom Co. Roscommon on 18 November 2017 what was a very good cross country course.

Adrianna Melia who had easily won race 1 and 2 again produced a fine performance running away from the Senior Women’s field to win race 3 by over 200 meters. Having won all three races in the Connacht Cross Country League series Adrianna was crowned Connacht Senior Champion and league winner. This might well be the first time that a Longford AC woman has won a senior Connacht Cross Country title. Adrianna continued her fine form by winning the Gingerbread Half Marathon the next day in a new PB of 1:20:49. This places Adrianna in 14th position on the Athletics Ireland top 20 list for all Irish women over the half marathon distance for 2017. It has been nice to see that Adrianna’s achievements have been deservedly acknowledged by bodies outside of Longford AC with the Longford Leader/Longford Sports Partnership selecting Adrianna in 2017 for two monthly sports star nominations and the March award. Congratulations Adrianna from all at Longford AC.

More Connacht Cross Country medals were won by Longford AC in the men’s race. Barry Sheil who has been producing some fine performances over the last couple of years and had finished 4th in race 2 was again up with the leading group in race 3. Barry worked hard and got stronger as the race progressed to move past a couple of athletes over the final 2 laps to finish in 3rd place overall. This great result along with Barry’s fine run in Race 2 was good enough for Barry to claim joint 3rd place and a Connacht Bronze in the Senior Men’s category.

Declan Newman went into Race 3 in 3rd position in the Novice Men’s category after two good runs in the previous two rounds. Declan ran very strongly again to hold his place in the league and finish in 3rd place overall in the Novice category winning a Connacht Bronze. Declan followed this up with a fine run in the Gingerbread half marathon the next day running 1:20:54 to finish in 3rd place in the men’s race. Lorcan Gearty worked hard and ran strongly again this week in the Connacht novice cross country category to finish well placed overall.

Longford AC Senior Men’s Declan Newman running in the Gingerbread Half Marathon, November 19th, 2017

Connacht Uneven Ages Cross Country Championships and Senior Race 2

February 5th, 2018

5th November 2017, at Moyne Community School

Report by Donal Mulligan

Longford AC hosted the Connacht Juvenile Uneven Cross Country Championships and Senior race 2 on November 5th, 2017 on the grounds of Moyne Community School. Quite a bit of work went it to organising this event. Thank you to everybody that helped out. A special word of thanks to Moyne Community School and Club Chairman Paddy McPhillips for providing the venue and all the unseen work.

Longford AC had a small but dedicated number of athletes competing on the day. In the U11 girls 1500m both Rachel Keenan and Ciara Crossan ran with determination in what was one of the largest races of the day. Ciara battled all the way to finish well up in the field. Rachel who was running a year up in age got stronger as the race progressed,  passing other athletes to finish in an excellent 15th place just missing qualification to the All-Ireland finals.

James Hagan was Longford’s sole competitor in the very competitive U11 boys 1500m race. He had a super run to finish in 10th place and qualify for the national finals. James battled his heart out the whole way picking up places and was rewarded with his high finish.

Siog Reilly and Caoimhe Crossan worked well together throughout the U13 girls 2500m race and showed great drive and the spirit needed for tough XC racing. Siog was followed home by Caoimhe both well placed in what was another very competitive large race.

Last of the juveniles were Christopher Conaty and Joe Reilly who teamed up again in the U15 boys 3500m race. Both Christopher and Joe have had some trilling battles over the last couple of years particularly on the track over 800m with both taking turns getting the better of the other and sharing Connacht gold and silver medals. Both of the boys are multi-talented powerful sportsmen and give a lot of time and dedication to football and soccer as well. They both ran today having been focused on their other sports over the last while and having had matches today and yesterday. The competition was strong and the ground conditions were getting softer, with the lads showing great commitment and battled hard never letting up to finish mid pack.

Next up were the senior women. Adrianna Melia who has been in fine form lately and won Race 1 convincingly last weekend was again Longford’s only adult female participant. Adrianna again set out hard from the gun. In the early stages only Galway City Harrier’s Kathryn Casserly attempted to go with Adrianna. Kathryn a former US scholarship athlete at Providence College had easily won this Connacht race two years ago when it was last run in Moyne, a race Adrianna had to miss due to injury. Adrianna never let up and got stronger and stronger as the race progressed. Her lead continued to widen and coming into the home straight Adrianna had a very comfortable winning margin of over 100 meters to win Race 2.

Longford AC had a few more participants in the senior men’s race. Both Barry Sheil and Lorcan Geraty were out only a week after the Dublin City Marathon where both had great runs and Declan Newman was back after running Race 1 the previous week. Barry put himself in contention from the gun and ran with the leading small group of runners for the majority of the race and only dropped off coming into the last lap when the effects of the marathon might have begun to tell. He still managed to finish an excellent 4th overall. Declan Newman had a great run to finish in 16th place overall. Declan has been getting stronger over the past few weeks. He has the determination and focus needed to battle over a tough XC course. A special word of mention needs to go to Lorcan Greaty who came out for XC after the marathon last week. Lorcan ran with great experience, he set off conservatively knowing that others would wilt, which they did and he managed to pick up many places to finish in a very creditable 22nd place overall.

Cross Country racing seems to be at a low ebb, numbers are down. Positively more and more people are out challenging themselves running road races, park runs, triathlons and getting the health and social benefits. Why not give cross country a go? It is definitely a tough challenge. No watch or pace, every course is different and it can be a hard slog. It can be extremely testing but exciting near the front of the field, at the back it’s a dark difficult test against yourself and the other slow chap you recognise from the previous week that got you on the last lap, but not today!!. The things that go through your mind and self talk over the course of a half hour + and 8k of heavy muddy hilly ground where your legs become like lead and your lungs are going to burst should never be verbalised or shared. Why do it, well it’s magnificent. Resilience, determination, focus, heart, inner strength, outer strength, team spirit, and a great sense of satisfaction are some if not all of the things to be gained. Give it a go, you never know some day you might convince yourself you enjoy it.

U11 Girls race at the starting line, Connacht Uneven XC, Nov 2017 at Moyne

James Hagan having a great run in the U11 Boys Connacht Cross Country in Moyne, Nov 2017, finished 10th.

U13 Girls race in progress, Connacht Uneven Ages Cross Country, Nov 2017 at Moyne

U15 Boys race at the Connacht Uneven Ages Cross Country, Nov 2017 at Moyne

Adrianna Melia out in front to win Senior Ladies category at the Connacht Womens Cross Country, Nov 2017 at Moyne

Dublin City Marathon 2017

February 5th, 2018

October 29, 2017

Congratulations to all Longford AC adult members that completed the 26.2 mile marathon distance in Dublin, it’s a fine achievement to get the required training done and make it to the finish line. Well done to everybody especially those new to the distance. There were some outstanding times and new Pb’s. Three Longford AC members managed to achieve impressive results in their age category finishing inside the top 15.

Barry Sheil 9th male in the 35-39 years age category out of 450 runners, time 2:35:51

Sinead Phelan 11th female in the 40-44 years age category out of 330 runners, time 3:08:32

Paddy Sharkey 15th male in the 40-44 years age category out of 621 runners, time 2:41:50

Looking at the overall results before the team results are published the master men’s team 35+ will be in close contention for a team medal.

Paddy Sharkey on his way to a very strong finish in the top 15 in the M40 category at the 2017 Dublin Marathon.

Congratulations to Barry Sheil finishing 9th place in the M35 category with a time of 2:35:51 in the 37th Dublin Marathon, October 2017

Longford was well represented this year at the 37th SSE Airtricity Dublin Marathon as this group picture shows them all smiles before getting to the starting line. 29 October 2017.

Application Form for new Juvenile Members

January 13th, 2018

New Juvenile Membership form can be downloaded here. LAC Reg form 2018

Essential Info for upcoming Club Cross Country 2017:

October 18th, 2017

Club Cross Country Distances

U11 -1500m          U12 -2000m        U13 -2500m          U14 -3000m     

U15 -3500m      U16 -4000m     U17 Girls -4000m \ U17 Boys -5000m


Club: 6 athletes to run with 4 to score

County: 10 athletes to run with 6 to score


Championships First 12 individuals

First 3 Regional, County, Club teams


2017 Cross Country Fixtures:  To enter please email name, date of birth and date of race that you want to enter to longfordac@gmail.com    Deadline 21st October 2017

Sun 29th October, Connacht Even Ages Cross Country (and Senior League #2), hosted by Leitrim to be run in Calry/St Joseph’s GAA, Hazelwood Road, Sligo at 1pm sharp     *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 “A” Championships Even Ages, Senior & Junior, Abbotstown, Dublin

Sun 17th December “A” Championships Uneven Ages, Novice, WIT Arena Waterford

Feb 11, 2018 Juvenile ‘B’ Cross Country and Cross Country relays, Adult Intermediate & Masters XC

2017 Connacht Qualifiers from Longford Primary Schools Cross Country

October 18th, 2017

Connacht Primary Schools Cross Country Championship,  Saturday 21st October at St Brigid’s GAA, Kiltoom, Co. Roscommon

Races start at 12.00 noon sharp so schools should plan to arrive by 11:15am to collect their numbers, walk the course and stretch\warm up before the starting time.

Directions can be found at www.stbrigids.gaa.ie

2017 Co Longford Primary Schools Cross Country Results.

October 18th, 2017

1st&2nd yr secondary school cross country results, Sept 2017

5th&6th Class Primary Schools Cross Country results, Sept 2017

3rd&4th Class Primary Schools Cross Country results, Sept 2017

2017 Connacht Qualifiers from Longford Primary Schools Cross Country

Co. Longford Primary Schools Cross Country Team Results, Sept 2017

Co. Longford Primary Schools Cross Country Championships

October 18th, 2017

30 September 2017 at Moyne Community School

This year 240 students representing 15 national schools across the County took part.

3rd\4th Class Boys 800m race = 66                        3rd\4th Class Girls 800m race = 63

5th\6th Class Boys 1000m race = 55                     5th\6th Class Girls 1000m race = 56

The autumn sunshine helped draw a large crowd to the annual County Longford Primary Schools Cross Country Championships on September 30th in Moyne. 240 national school children ran the challenging course earning points for their school towards the coveted Harry Farrell Shield for Best Overall School Performance.

The Longford Athletic Club organising committee were delighted to see the event so well supported with 15 schools taking part and giving so many children the opportunity to be active with their friends and classmates as they took to the starting line to run for their school.  Every year to promote athletics across the County the Club pays the entry fees for all students that qualify to go forward to Provincial competition, this year on 21st October at St Brigid’s GAA Centre, Kiltoom, Co. Roscommon.

St Mary’s National School, Edgeworthstown, were crowned the 2017 winners after Caoimhe Crossan and Josh Kelly took 1st place in both 5th\6th Class 1000m races. With twelve students scoring in the top 20 and two sets of team medals it was a new achievement for the school. Scoil Mhuire, Newtownforbes were very close in 2nd place with a genuine school wide effort of four team medals, and Shauna Burke and James Hagan won the 3rd\4th Class 800m races.  Killoe, Ardagh and Colehill schools filled out the rest of the scorecard. Melview National School made their mark winning their first set of team medals as well as having several individual medallists.

Summary of team medals:

St Mary’s NS, Edgeworthstown: 2 X Silver -3rd\4th Class Boys, 3rd\4th Class Girls

Scoil Mhuire, Newtownforbes: 2 X Silver -5th\6th Class Boys, 5th\6th Class Girls. 2 X Bronze -3rd\4th Class Boys, 3rd\4th Class Girls

St Theresa’s NS, Killoe: 2 X Gold -5th\6th Class Boys, 5th\6th Class Girls

St Mel’s NS, Ardagh: 1 X Gold -3rd\4th Class Girls. 1 X Bronze -5th\6th Class Girls

St. Sinneach’s NS, Colehill: 1 X Gold -3rd\4th Class Boys

Melview NS: 1 X Bronze -5th\6th Class Boys

2017 Harry Farrell Perpetual Shield for best school overall performance based on number of students in top 20 per race plus team points:

1st place (150 points) St Mary’s NS Edgeworthstown

2nd place (146 points)  Scoil Mhuire NS, Newtownforbes

3rd place (141 points)  Scoil Naisiunta Naomh Treasa, Killoe

Followed by St Mel’s NS, Ardagh (117 pts), St. Sinneach’s, Colehill (75 pts), St Matthew’s NS, Ballymahon, Melview NS and Stonepark NS

The secondary schools races attracted small numbers of runners from Lanesboro Community College, Carrick Community School, Mercy Ballymahon, Cnoc Mhuire Granard and St Mel’s College but it was the home crowd that took all the silverware. Moyne students Avril Cosgrove won the 1st\2nd year Girls 1600m race, James Miney the 2000m Boys race and they took both sets of Gold team medals.

There were nearly twenty entries from Longford, Carrick-on-Shannon and Sligo competing in the Open Senior Cross Country with Longford AC athletes Adrianna Melia and Barry Sheil both first home taking 1st place Senior as well as 1st place for Longford. For many it was another days training for the upcoming Dublin marathon at the end of the month.

5th & 6th Class Girls 1000m individual medallists

5th & 6th Class Boys 1000m individual medallists

1st\2nd Year Girls 1600m individual medallists representing Moyne Community School, Lanesboro Community College and Cnoc Mhuire Granard.

1st\2nd Year Boys 2000m individual medallists representing Moyne Community School, Mercy Ballymahon, Lanesboro Community College, Carrick Community School and St Mel’s College.

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