Proposed order of events for the Connacht Indoor Championships

February 9th, 2016

Sat Feb 20th for U12 (Born 2005) & U13 (Born 2004) only

Sun Feb 21st for all athletes U14 and older

Note that the times are for guidance only and are not a guarantee of exactly when an event will take place.

All athletes must wear Longford AC singlet, white shorts and white socks.

If wearing spikes- only 5mm size allowed.

Connaught – Indoor Timetable – Saturday

Connaught – Indoor Timetable – Sunday

A new milestone- gold, silver and bronze all in the one race!

February 3rd, 2016

Athletics Ireland National Juvenile “B” Cross Country Championship

Sunday 24 January 2016 at Dundalk IT

It was an early start for 14 juvenile athletes from Longford AC last Sunday as they headed north to Dundalk IT for the final cross country race of the season. It was well worth the journey for the outstanding performances put in by the entire group.

Two of the newest juvenile members of the Club have achieved a new milestone winning a complete set of Athletics Ireland gold, silver and bronze medals each, all in the one race. Joe Reilly, Moyne, and Aidan O’Boyle, Tarmonbarry, shot off the starting line of 73 runners and held the blistering pace throughout the 1500m race to finish in 6th and 9th places. This brought them straight to the podium to win bronze individual medals. There was an anxious wait as all the results were tallied and then the cheer from the Longford supporters lifted the roof when the U13 Boys team won 1st place as well as 2nd place in the County team category.

Every runner sets out to do their personal best in a race but cross country has the added feature of teams which means that the place of every finisher across the line counts. This point is always stressed and will be forever remembered by the boys after this race. When the results were posted, Longford (6,9,25 & 34) and Greystones (3,14,20 & 37) were tied at 74 points each, meaning that the lowest score of the 4th runner would determine the winner. The very strong lead by Joe and Aidan, combined with solid performances from Christopher Conaty, Brendan Finnan, Cathal Farrell, Daniel Hayden and Dan Crossan was the right chemistry on the day for this outstanding achievement.

Kate Hagan, Newtownforbes, finished a very impressive 15th place running up an age group in the U13 Girls’ race.  By the 500m mark Kate had worked her way to the front of the pack and held her ground staying with the race leaders throughout the final 1000m loop narrowly missing the medal placings. As she is underage Kate can look forward to competing in this same race again next year.

The U11 Girls’ team continues to improve as they gain experience running the 800-1500m distances in each race. In 2015 they took part in every level of competition- primary school, club, provincial and national cross country.  Laura Farrell, Siog Reilly, Rachel Mulligan, Anna Hayden, Caoimhe Crossan and Tara Crossan all did themselves proud in the race of 113 girls.

The commitment from parents and coaches to bring athletes to competitions spread out all across the country in Leitrim, Roscommon, Waterford and Louth has given them substantial experience on every type of course. The final race of the cross country season saw the juvenile section of the Longford Athletics Club achieve wonderful individual, team and county success. This leads the Club straight into preparations for the upcoming Indoor Track and Field season with the Connacht Championships in mid February.


Longford AC U13 Boys team that won 2 sets of All-Ireland medals at the National “B” Cross Country Championship in Dundalk IT. Gold for 1st place as Club team, and Silver in the County category. Aidan O’Boyle, Daniel Hayden, Cathal Farrell, Joe Reilly, Christopher Conaty, Dan Crossan & Brendan Finnan.



Athletics Ireland Gold and Silver medals won by the Longford AC U13 Boys team after their outstanding performance at the National “B” Cross Country Championship in Dundalk IT on Jan 24, 2016. The Boys won 1st place as Club team and 2nd place in County category. Two of the Club’s newest members, Joe Reilly and Aidan O’Boyle, also won Bronze medals as individuals finishing in the top 10 of the race.



Longford AC juvenile girls taking part in U11 and U13 races at the National “B” Cross Country Championship in Dundalk IT on Jan 24, 2016. Rachel Mulligan, Siog Reilly, Caoimhe Crossan, Laura Farrell, Tara Crossan, Anna Hayden & Kate Hagan looking very clean before the start of the race.

Information for 2016

January 17th, 2016

2016 Registration is now open, Cost €20 per person, €50 for 3 or more children in the same family. This is good for Jan-Dec each year and is essential for Athletics Ireland membership\insurance.   Every athlete (Seniors, Juveniles, Little Athletics) must be a registered member of Longford AC in order to attend training and enter competition.

Little Athletics

Little Athletics focuses on agility, balance and coordination for children in the 6-9 year age group. It takes place every Friday evening 7-8pm indoors at the Mall Complex, cost €2 each week. This session lasts 1 hour and we request that all parents remain for the hour.


Children must be aged 9 years and above to attend Juvenile training sessions. Every Wednesday outdoor running at Ardagh GAA grounds, 7-8pm and Friday evenings 7-7:45 pm outdoors at the Mall Complex, cost €2 each. Sessions are organised once a month, and more frequently before competitions, at the indoor track at Athlone IT, 7-8:30pm. Parents are responsible to make their own arrangements regarding transport to and from AIT. Please arrive early and be ready to start promptly, cost €3 per child for the track sessions and the Club subsidises the rest of the cost.

Age categories are based on the entire calendar year.  No athlete may obtain a birthday in the year of competition and compete in that age.

In 2016 Child will turn Age 8 years (Born 2008) = U9

In 2016 Child will turn Age 9 years (Born 2007) = U10

In 2016 Child will turn Age 10 years (Born 2006) = U11

In 2016 Child will turn Age 11 years (Born 2005) = U12

In 2016 Child will turn Age 12 years (Born 2004) = U13

In 2016 Child will turn Age 13 years (Born 2003) = U14

In 2016 Child will turn Age 14 years (Born 2002) = U15

In 2016 Child will turn Age 15 years (Born 2001) = U16

In 2016 Child will turn Age 16 years (Born 2000) = U17

In 2016 Child will turn Age 17 years (Born 1999) = U18


2016 Upcoming Competition Dates for Juvenile Athletics- Connacht & National events

23/01 National Indoor Combined Events (U14-16), AIT Indoor Arena

24/01 National Juvenile “B” Cross Country, Dundalk

20/02 Connacht Indoor Track & Field, ages U12 & U13 only, AIT Indoor Arena

21/02 Connacht Indoor Track & Field, ages U14+, AIT Indoor Arena

12, 13 & 19/03 National Juvenile Indoor T&F Championships, 3 Days, AIT Indoor Arena

04/06 Connacht U9-11 pairs and U12 Outdoor Track & Field, Dangan, Galway

11/06 Connacht U13+ Outdoor Track & Field, Sligo IT

02/07 National U9-11 pairs Outdoor T&F and Combined Events (U14-U16 ages only), Tullamore

9, 10, 23 & 24/07 National Juvenile Track & Field Championships, 4 Days, Tullamore


Connacht Indoor Track & Field Championship: Saturday Feb 20 for U12 (Born 2005) & U13 (Born 2004) only. Sunday Feb 21 for all athletes U14+, at Athlone IT indoor track. All Longford AC athletes must wear white shorts, white socks and the blue Club Singlet for all competitions. Athletes can compete in up to 3 individual events plus a relay.

Boys\Girls U12 Boys\Girls U13   Boys\Girls U14
Born 2005 Born 2004 Born 2003
60m Sprint 60m Sprint 60m Sprint
60m Hurdles   60mHurdles
600m 600m   800m
  1000m Walk
Relay 4 x 100m Relay 4 x 100m   Relay 4 x 200m
High Jump High Jump High Jump
Long Jump Long Jump Long Jump
Shot Put 2Kg Shot Put 2Kg Shot Put 2.72Kg\2Kg

Athletes U14+ must use starting blocks, this is optional for U12 &U13. Only 5mm Spikes can be used. IAAF False Start Rules apply: U16 upwards First false start leads to disqualification. For U13, U14 & U15 One false start and all are on warning of next false start leading to disqualification. Athletes are not permitted to carry or use electronic recording or transmission equipment (e.g.: earphones, tablets, iPods, smart phones etc) in the competition area.

Where a heat is listed if insufficient competitors check in a FINAL will be held at heat time. For the 600m, 800m and 1500m races if 12 or less athletes check in, at the discretion of the track referee, a FINAL will be held at heat time. The first 3 medallists in every event qualify for the National Indoor Championships in March.

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.  ALL FIELD EVENT ATHLETES MUST BE TECHNICALLY PROFICIENT AND COMPETENT IN THE EVENT IN THE INTEREST OF SAFETY. Warm up marks for field events should be completed where possible before the time schedule.

In the Indoor Relays an athlete may move up one age group as long as at least 2 members of a competing relay team, participating in that event on that day must be of the correct age.

Boys\Girls U15 Boys\Girls U16 Boys\Girls U17
Born 2002 Born 2001 Born 2000
60m Sprint 60m Sprint 60m Sprint
60m Hurdles 60m Hurdles 60m Hurdles
200m 200m
800m 800m 800m
1500m 1500m
1000m Walk 1500m Walk 1500m Walk
Relay 4 x 200m Relay 4 x 200m Relay 4 x 200m
High Jump High Jump High Jump
Long Jump Long Jump Long Jump
Shot Put 3Kg\2.72Kg Shot Put 4Kg\3Kg Shot Put 5Kg\3Kg
Pole Vault Pole Vault Pole Vault

Longford AC Juvenile Awards Night celebrating the achievements of 2015

January 17th, 2016

Longford Athletics Club held their annual Juvenile Awards Night to celebrate the achievements of 2015 on 8th January at the Mall Complex. Outstanding achievements at Connacht and National level were recognised as special guest Adrianna Melia, National Novice Cross Country bronze medallist, made the presentations.

Cian McPhillips was the deserving winner of the Longford AC Juvenile Athlete of the Year Perpetual Cup after his remarkable year winning 5 All-Ireland medals. In March Cian retained his All-Ireland U14 Indoor 800m title. In July he became double National Outdoor Champion winning gold in both U14 middle distance events, the 800m and 1500m races. Cross Country finished the year, seeing Cian win both an individual and provincial team medal in the GloHealth Athletics Ireland Even Ages Championship in Santry in November.

2015 saw the juvenile section of the Club continue to grow and develop with 299 registered members at year’s end, offering training in Longford, Dromard and Kenagh. Adrianna presented certificates to 41 athletes that all won Connacht medals in the indoor, outdoor and cross country seasons, triple the number that achieved this accolade in 2014.  Brendan Finnan was the top Connacht medalist placing in 10 events -hurdles, high jump, long jump, relay teams and cross country.

Jack Gallagher, Ardagh, also received an Outstanding Achievement Award for his memorable performance in July at the National “B” Outdoor Track and Field Championship where he won Bronze in the U12 shot putt and 4th in the 600m.

The winners of the Club Girls\Boys of the Year Awards demonstrate commitment, determination and leadership, traits they bring to training that encourage the best from their fellow teammates. Cian Belton, Newtownforbes, Corey Molloy, Kenagh, Caoimhe Crossan, Edgeworthstown and Kate Hagan, Newtownforbes received a round of applause when they were named recipients for 2015.

Coaches Sean Crossan, Mick O’Hara and Shona Matthews were thanked for their commitment to the Little Athletics programme that introduces children aged 6-9years to athletics in a fun, engaging and non-competitive environment focusing on agility, balance and coordination. The children spend the weekly 1 hour indoor session running, jumping and throwing. Longford AC Chairman Paddy McPhillips congratulated Mick O’Hara on his nomination for the Longford Sports Partnership Awards, recognising his achievement running an ultra-marathon, as well as his coaching and committee role.

The juvenile coaches including the Dromard and Kenagh training groups are busy planning for 2016, starting with the upcoming Indoor Track & Field competitions that take place in February. Training at the indoor Arena at Athlone IT will focus on starting blocks, relay teams and technical field events to have all of Longford’s promising young athletes ready to start the New Year.


Longford Athletics Club annual Juvenile Awards Night to celebrate the achievements of 2015, held recently at the mall Complex to recognise the outstanding achievements at Connacht and National level.


U13 Connacht medallist presented certificates by Adrianna Melia at the Longford Athletics Club annual Juvenile Awards Night: Brendan Finnan, Cathal Farrell, David McDonnell, Tadhg Nerney, Daniel Hayden and Evan Moran with Juvenile Coaches Donal Mulligan and Caitriona Hayden.


Longford AC U14-16 Connacht medallist: Cian Nolan, Aaron Kelly, Dylan Horkan, Corey Molloy, Niall Moran, Cian Belton & Cian McPhillips at the annual Juvenile Awards Night with special guest Adrianna Melia, National Novice Cross Country bronze medallist.


Certificates presented by Adrianna Melia to U11-12 girls for their achievements in Connacht competitions in 2015 at the Longford AC annual Juvenile Awards Night. Tara Crossan, Laura Farrell, Melissa O’Kane, Caoimhe Crossan, Ella Duggan, Saidbh Nerney, Kate Hagan, Sarah McPhillips and Rachel Mulligan with their coaches Donal Mulligan, Leslie Finnan and Caitriona Hayden.


Longford AC Chairman Paddy McPhillips congratulates Mick O’Hara on his nomination for the Longford Sports Partnership Awards, recognising his achievement running an ultra-marathon, as well as his coaching and committee role.


The winners of the Longford AC Club Girls\Boys of the Year Awards for 2015 – Caoimhe Crossan, Corey Molloy, Cian Belton, and Kate Hagan with coaches from both Longford and Kenagh at the recent Juvenile Awards Night.


Longford AC Little Athletics and Juvenile Coaches from Longford and Kenagh: Sean Crossan, Donal Mulligan, Leslie Finnan, Amanda Horkan, Paddy McPhillips, Caitriona Hayden, Declan Donohue, Mick O’Hara and Shona Matthews.


Outstanding Achievement Awards for 2015 were presented by Adrianna Melia to Brendan Finnan, top Connacht medallist placing in 10 event, and Jack Gallagher, Bronze in the U12 shot putt and 4th in the 600m at National “B” Outdoor Track and Field Championship in July.

Longford AC Juvenile Athlete of the Year Perpetual Cup presented to Cian McPhillips after his remarkable year winning 5 All-Ireland medals. Pictured with senior athlete and special guest Adrianna Melia, National Novice Cross Country bronze medallist.

Adrianna Wins All Ireland Cross Country Bronze

December 8th, 2015


Well done Adrianna Melia 3rd place in the Athletics Ireland National Novice Cross Country Championships today. The pace was furious from the gun.  After about 500 meters Adrianna was in a leading group of four competitors that broke away from the large quality field.  .  Adrianna put in a tremendous finishing kick to secure 3rd place and almost catch the girl in second.  The national novice xc championships is probably the most competitive races each year. The winner today is returning following a period in the US on an Athletic scholarship.  The girl in second is last years national u/23 cross country champion.  This is the first time in at least 40 years,as long as I can remember,  that a senior athlete wearing  a Longford singlet has won a national medal at a Cross Country Championships.    Fantastic run Adrianna.

Glo Health All Ireland Cross Country

December 8th, 2015


Congratulations to our U11 Cross Country team of Rachel Mulligan, Caoimhe Crossan, Tara Crossan, Alyssa Galligan Caitlin Maher & Jane O’Boyle who represented Longford Ac in style at the All Ireland cross Country in Dungarvan at the weekend. It was a very wet and windy weekend and it was a credit to the kids and parents who gave up their time to travel so far for the race. The going was very tough and the girls had a great race.

Day 2 of the Connacht Cross Country Championship

November 9th, 2015

Lough Key Forest Park, Boyle, Co. Roscommon was the very scenic venue for the last weekend’s Connacht Uneven Ages Cross Country. Day 2 of the Championships saw 20 juveniles from Longford AC competing in true cross country conditions of wind and rain, several hills and a lot of mud made for a genuine challenging course! No one went home as clean as when they had arrived.

Although there were no medals on the day it was a great occasion for the club to have such an enthusiastic turn out with many of the U11 juveniles running in their first race at this standard. Caoimhe Crossan, Rachel Mulligan and Alyssa Galligan all finished in the top half of their 1500m race and gave solid performances that they will surely build on. Tara Crossan, Jane O’Boyle, Saidh Nerney and Caitlin Maher can take this as a learning experience as the distance is nearly double the schools cross country races.

Seamus Walsh and Eoghan Carrigy were also making their U11 race debut in the blue Longford AC singlet. Both runners still had energy for sprinting towards the finish so they can go away with valuable insight into pacing themselves for middle distance.

Newtownforbes’ Kate Hagan was out for the second weekend in a row to get more practice before the Nationals in Santry at the end of the month. Kate finished 20th in the U13 Girls race, running a full year above her age category. She kept a great pace throughout and always looked like she would make the top 20. Cian McPhillips from Ardagh, was also using the race as a training exercise and he looked comfortable at every point on the 3500m course, running a year above his age in the U15 Boys race.

The U13 Boys 2500m race proved the most competitive of the day as the course was quite slippery with thick mud and the pace was fast. The Longford AC boys were thick in the middle of it all finishing quite close together in 22nd, 23rd, 30th, 31st, 35th, 42nd and 51st places. Their team score of 106 put them in a disappointing 5th place narrowly missing the last qualifying place for the Uneven Age National Finals in December. If each runner had only managed to pass one or two places forward they could have gained a lower score that would have clinched team 4th place. After such a race it is easier to see how each member has to give their best performance so that together they score well. Well done to Jim Crossan, Tadhg Nerney, Daniel Hayden, Christopher Conaty, James Galligan, Jack Gallagher, Cathal Farrell and Brendan Finnan.

The day ended with junior, novice, senior and master adults all taking to the starting line to try their skills in navigating the course. Niall Nerney, Mick O’Hara, Lorcan Gearty, Sean Crossan, Raymond Brogan, Michael Pilkington and Liz O’Reilly did themselves and the club proud marking another achievement for club in 2015.




Submitted by Leslie Finnan

Longford AC juveniles

Start of U11 Girls 1500m Cross Country race

November 9th, 2015

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Lough Key Forest Park, 8 Nov 2015

Longford AC U13 Boys team after their 2500m race

November 9th, 2015


Lough Key Forest Park, 8 Nov 2015

Tadhg Nerney, Jim Crossan, Christopher Conaty, Daniel Hayden, Jack Gallagher, James Galligan, Cathal Farrell & Brendan Finnan

New club members Seamus Walsh & Eoghan Carrigy

November 9th, 2015


U11 Boys 1500m race

8 Nov 2015, Lough Key Forest Park