Longford AC U13 Boys Relay team place 4th

July 14th, 2014

Longford AC U13 Boys Relay team 4th Place in the Athletics Ireland National Juvenile Relay Championship held at Tullamore

Daire McManus, Brendan Finnan (sub), Cian McPhillips, Adam Shields & David McDonnell

 

 

Longford AC 4th place in National Relay Finals

Over 600 young athletes (U12-U19) from all across the country competed at the Athletics Ireland National Juvenile Relay Championships at the Tullamore Harrier’s Stadium on Saturday 5th July. All the teams had already qualified from Regional competitions, setting a high standard of competition with every club battling for a national title. As the reigning Connacht Champions Longford AC’s U13 Boys team of Adam Shields, David McDonnell, Daire McManus, Cian McPhillips and sub Brendan Finnan went into the championship strongly placed and had their sights set on bringing home All-Ireland medals.

The boys ran like clockwork in their heat finishing 1st and securing a place in the final 8. However a technical fault required re-running their heat which was an unexpected burden on the team. They rose to the occasion and again finished 1st in the re-run of their heat. The U13 Boys final was pushed back to give all the teams abit more recovery time. Longford ran well with all change over going smoothly and finished 4th in a time of 0:55.06 with only 0.05 second separating them from the Bronze medalists Letterkenny.

Young athletes from Longford AC will all be returning to Tullamore in the coming weeks to compete in individual events both on the track and in the field.

Day 2 of the prestigious Athletics Ireland National Juvenile Championships 2014 gave 4 young athletes from Longford AC the opportunity to experience competition at All-Ireland level. A total of 11 events were going on in both track and field throughout the day, including pole vault, hammer, discus, hurdles and steeplechase, giving a great display of all that athletics can achieve. Niall Moran and Brendan Finnan both competed in Long Jump. On this occasion they found it difficult to duplicate their winning Connacht jumps so they were content to take away some of the technical points from this field event. Brendan also achieved a new personal best in the turbo javelin, recording a throw of 25.15m to finish 5th in the U12 boys event. Yemi Talabi and Daire McManus represented Longford AC in the U13 80m sprints. Yemi ran well in the strongest heat finishing 6th at 11:41 seconds, just outside the time to qualify for the final. Daire led his heat with a time of 10:81 seconds and qualified for the final. There were problems with the starting gun throughout the sprint heats that led to many false starts and disqualifications which was very unnerving for athletes and supporters alike. This never phased Daire who finished 4th from a very strong field in the boys U13 final. Daire felt he didn’t get an optimal start in the final which highlighted how difficult the transition to using starting blocks during the U13 year can be for a young athlete. The athletes, coaches and parents can be very proud of their achievements to date in 2014 and bring away the finer points for improvement. There are still 2 more days of National competition and Longford AC will be competing again on July 26th.

U13 Boys Relay Team

U13 Boys Relay Team

 

Juvenile Teams Competition Timetable 2014

June 21st, 2014

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June 18th, 2014

Gold Rush in Sligo

Longford A C sent a team of 13 athletes to the Connacht Track and Field Championships held in Sligo last weekend. Weather conditions were quite good with cloudy conditions eventually giving way to sunshine with a strong wind making conditions difficult in the middle and long distance races. This marathon competition started at 11am and continued until just shy of 8pm which left competitors, coaches, officials and parents drained. Longford got off to a great start with Niall Moran winning gold in the under 14 Long Jump. Yemi Talabi, Adam Shields also competed in the under 13 Long Jump while Dearbhaile Rooney was in the under 14 event. They all put in great performances in this technical event and can look forward to improved distances with more coaching in the future. Sprint hurdles is an event for adrenalin junkies where a crash or a fall leaves a lot more than a bruised ego. Kaitlyn Corcoran and the Parker boys, Peter and Martin represented Longford A C and while they did not win a medal they acquitted themselves very well and will no doubt be back for more. The sprinters in the club have become used to appearing in Connacht and National finals and once again they did not disappoint. Yemi Talabi won her heat of the under 13 girls in classic style and finished third overall for bronze, just a tenth of a second off gold. Kaitlyn Corcoran ran a fantastic race also but finished outside the medals. Daire Mc Manus and Cian Mc Phillips were next up for Longford in the boys under 13 80m sprint. Daire has a Connacht title and a national silver medal to his name already while Cian was trying his hand at sprinting for the first time. Seven hundreds of a second separated the first three runners but most importantly Daire had the gold and Cian had the bronze medal. This was a fantastic result for the two boys especially when they were competing against athletes from some of the best juvenile clubs in the country. Alanna Mulligan, Niall Moran, Peter Parker and Martin parker all competed in the 80m under 14 sprints and while running very well they missed out on the medals this time. Next up was the 200m sprints where Alanna Mulligan ran an excellent race and with a bit more experience would have been a medal contender. Niall Moran and the Parker boys already had a long day from 11am and by 6pm found the 200m pace a bit too strong for them. However they will have learned a lot from the experience and can be very proud of their achievements. The under 13 600m saw Sarah Murphy run a fantastically smart race to claim a silver medal and a new PB. She is improving with every race and can look forward to the All Ireland with lots of confidence. Adam shields and Cian Mc Phillips lined up for the under 13 boys 600m. Adam put in a great performance but just left himself too much to do in the final 100m to catch the leaders. He will have learned a good deal about race tactics from this experience and now knows that he is well fit to compete at this level. Cian Mc Phillips as the reigning champion was determined to see off the opposition and won the gold with seven seconds to spare over the field in a powerful display of front running and the fastest time in Ireland this year. Dearbhaile Rooney ran a steady tempo in her 800m under 14 race finishing in the top ten in a very fast race. Niall Nerney competed in the under 18 3000m picking up a bronze medal in a race where a strong head wind made racing conditions very difficult. The final race of the day for Longford was the under 13 boys relay and what a performance to finish. The team of Cian Mc Phillips, David Mc Donnell, Adam Shields and Daire Mc Manus absolutely blitzed the opposition running out easy winners and claiming a 4th gold medal for Longford on the day. The spread of the medals from long jump, sprinting and middle distance including 4 gold, a silver and 3 bronze made it a most successful Connacht Championship for Longford AC.IMG_0563

Order of Events for Sat 14th June

June 9th, 2014

Please see link below.

Order of Events for U13-Seniors with times

 

 

Results U12 Connaught T & F 2014

June 9th, 2014

Longford AC Brings Home 5 Connaught Medals

Day One of the Connaught Outdoor Track & Field Championships was held on the outdoor track at Sligo IT on Saturday 7th June. Longford AC had 17 juvenile competitors in a field of over 300 of the best young athletes from Galway, Mayo, Sligo, Roscommon, Longford & Leitrim.

The u9-11 age group compete in pairs, adding the times or distances of the 2 athletes to make a combined score. After a very strong performance in both sprint and middle distance at last month’s 4 Counties Track competition in Tullamore all eyes were on Edgeworthstown’s Funmi Talabi. She shot off the line to win the U10 Girls sprint in 9.72 seconds but as it was a pair’s event she very narrowly missed the medals by 0.04 of a second. In their second event, Funmi and her partner Tamara Cosgrove won 3rd place Bronze medals in the U10 Girls 500m, combined time 3.42.00. The girls qualify for the Athletics Ireland National Juvenile Pairs Final later this month in Tullamore and will be joined by fellow Longford AC members Sarah McPhillips and Avril Cosgrove who won Silver as a pair in the U11 Girls 60m. They both put on the speed for an excellent combined time of 20.26 seconds. Funmi, Sarah and Avril combined with Aideen Mulligan to run an exciting U11 Girls 4 X 100m relay, placing 4th overall and losing out on a medal and a precious place in the All IrelandRelay Finals by 15 hundreds of a second.

Club new comers in the U9 and U10 age group, Alyssa Galligan, Robert Smith, Ross Shields and Killian Derwin all gained valuable experience in their first Connaught competition in sprint, middle distance, long jump and turbo javelin events. U11 Boys gave a strong challenge with the relay team of Jack Gallagher, Tommy Corcoran, Conor Smith & Mark Rowley. They all competed in 2 other events, with Jack Gallagher fastest of the mark for Longford in both the U11 Boys 60m sprint at 9.72 seconds and 600m, 2.00.80. Patrick Crossan also made his debut wearing the Longford AC singlet in his first Connaught Championship, trying 600m, turbo javelin and relay events.

Brendan Finnan showed his talent in the field events winning 2 Gold and 1 Silver. He defended his U11 Connaught title in the Turbo javelin, setting a new personal best with his fantastic throw of 24.59m, 2 metres further than the nearest competitor. Brendan also won 1st place in the High Jump at 1.20m, an event he excelled at earlier in the year during the indoor season. He is showing great improvement at the Long Jump, winning 2nd place with his 4.04m jump. Brendan has qualified in all 3 events as an individual in the U12 Boys category for the AI Nationals in July. Orfhaith Mulligan, James Galligan and Jim Crossan all competed in U12 events of relay, sprint, middle distance, long jump and shot putt showing they continue to improve on their performances from earlier in the year.

Next Saturday the U13+ athletes will take to the track for Day Two of the Connaught Championships. The club has many promising athletes in this age group who have already claimed Connaught medals in Cross Country, Indoor, and Schools Championships so they will be a force to be reckoned with on the day.

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4 Counties Track & Field Match

May 27th, 2014

4 Counties Track & Field Match - Laois, Longford, Westmeath and Offaly Fri May 23, 2014, held at Tullamore Harriers

Despite the rainy evening Longford AC had a fantastic turn out at the Inter-County Match last Friday evening at the Tullamore Harriers track. The Club was very well represented by 42 Juvenile athletes ranging from U9-U14. A warm welcome to our newest members, competing and wearing their Longford AC singlet for the very first time: Daithi Prendergast, Sian Gallagher, Emma Farrell, Alyssa Galligan, Conor & Robert Smith, Ola Talabi, Caoimhe Crossan, Ross Shields, Killian Derwin, Rachel Kelly, Benedict Murphy, Laura Farrell, Rachel Briody, Patrick Crossan, Melissa O’Kane and Rory Farago. It was an excellent opportunity for the children to put their training to the test and to try out a range of events in a competitive match. The evening was great practice for all the athletes who are planning to compete in the upcoming Connaught Outdoor Championships in Sligo in June. Congratulations to all the medallist listed below on their performance:

Longford AC Juveniles Results

Medals Girls Boys Total
1st 4 4 8
2nd 5 5 10
3rd 7 4 11
Total 16 13 29
Results

Tullamore Track & Field Participants Tullamore Track & Field Participants

Juvenile Information Primary Schools Relays, 4 Counties T&F, Athlone Dates for May 14

April 11th, 2014

Juvenile Information Primary Schools’ Relays, 4 Counties T & F, Athlone dates for May 14

Information for Parents of Juveniles

March 28th, 2014

Information for Parents of Juveniles

Stellar Performances at Athletics Ireland National Indoor Championships

March 24th, 2014

Longford AC Juvenile athletes did the club proud with their stellar performances at the Athletics Ireland National Indoor Championships on March 22 & 23 at the AIT International Arena. Top honours went to Cian McPhillips winning the gold medal in the U13 Boys 600m race by  20 metres, a full second ahead of his nearest opponent. Cian’s time of 1.39.78 fell agonisingly short of the U13 record of 1.39.32 making him the athlete to watch for the upcoming outdoor track & field season. As the defending champion, the pressure was on him and a slow start added to the tension. By the end of the first lap he had himself in 2nd position and remained there to the bell for the last lap where he suddenly injected a kick and opened up a 10 metre lead in a few strides going on to win comfortably. Sarah Murphy was competing in her first All Ireland Indoors and went into the U 13 600m race as the Connaught silver medallist. She finished in 7thplace with a new personal best time of 1.51.84, showing excellent improvement on her Connaught time. The pace in this race was ferocious and Sarah remained in medal contention right up to the 500m mark. Her performance was full of promise and she can look forward to the outdoor season with renewed confidence. Brendan Finnan swapped his turbo javelin where he has the longest throw in Ireland for the under 12 boys High Jump. He finished in 7th place overall achieving a new personal best when he cleared the height of 1.25m. This was the same height cleared by the fifth placed athlete but Brendan lost out on count back. Newest club member Niall Moran was the only Longford AC competitor at Day 2 in the U14 Boys Long Jump. It’s hard going into your first All Ireland but being the only club competitor makes it much more difficult. He had already recorded a jump of 4.21m to win Bronze in Connaught but was unable to repeat this distance in his three jumps. His first jump had excellent distance but he inadvertently brought his hand back in landing and lost up to a metre. However he will have learned a great deal form his experience and should get another chance in the All Ireland outdoor in the Summer.  This week end brought an end to a very successful indoor season for the club juveniles with lots of new PB’s, great performances, a few near misses and everyone looking forward to the outdoor season in the coming weeks.

IMG_0515 Action from AIT National Finals

Photos from 5K/10K Road Race 16th March 2014

March 22nd, 2014

 

Photos are all courtesy of Peter Mooney.

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