Longford Primary Schools’ Relay Races

April 21st, 2017

Hosted by

Longford Athletic Club

Clonguish GAA Grounds Newtownforbes

Friday 28th April 2017 @ 6.30pm

 

Programme

5.45pm            Registration in Sports Hall                  €2 per athlete

6.30pm            2nd class girls               4 X 200m

                        2nd class boys               4 X 200m

                        3rd class girls               4 X 200m

                        3rd class boys               4 X 200m

                        4th class girls               4 X 200m

                        4th class boys               4 X 200m

                        5th class girls               4 X 200m

                        5th class boys               4 X 400m

                        6th class girls               4 X 200m

                        6th class boys               4 X 400m

 

Each relay race will be followed immediately by the relevant subs race so the 2nd class girls relay will be followed by the 2nd class girls’ subs race.

 

Medals will be presented to the first three teams in each race. Medals also for first three individuals in each subs race. The Ray Flynn Trophy will be presented for the best school based on finishing positions in each race. 1st place 5 pts, 2nd place 3pts, 3rd place 1pt. Only one team from a school can score points in each race.

Longford Primary Schools’ Relays Programme 2017

Class Registration form only-Longford Primary Schools’ Relays April 2017

Longford AC at National Indoor Championships

April 11th, 2017

Longford Athletic Club juveniles competed in 23 separate individual events over the three days of Athletics Ireland National Indoor Championships. Pictured at the AIT International Arena on the final day of competition are Kate Hagan-U14 800m, Brendan Finnan-U15 hurdles, high jump and long jump, Cian McPhillips-U16 1500m and Gold in U16 800m, Nelvin Appiah Gold in U17 200m and Bronze in high jump, Christopher Conaty 4th in U15 800m and Gospel Idahor-U17 60m and 200m.

Medallists at National Indoor Championships

April 11th, 2017

Longford Athletic Club competitors on the track at Athlone IT at Day 3 of the National Indoor Championships. Cian McPhillips, Gold in U16 800m. Nelvin Appiah, Gold in U17 200m and Christopher Conaty, 4th in U15 800m.

Gold in U17 200m

April 11th, 2017

Nelvin Appiah, Longford Athletic Club, at the podium on Day 3 of the Athletics Ireland National Indoor Championships winning Gold in the U17 Boys 200m in the time of 22.77 seconds. Breaking the 23 seconds was a real achievement for Nelvin in the highly competitive field of 19 runners. He is pictured with Leevale AC, Cork, athletes Ryan O’Leary 2nd, 22.88 seconds, and Conor Morey, 3rd, 22.96 seconds.

Irish Life Health National Indoor Championships – Day 2

April 11th, 2017

March 26 & April 1, 2017 at AIT International Arena, Athlone

Day 2 – Sprints, 1500m, field events.     Day 3 – 200m, 800m, 60m Hurdles races

Day 2 of the National Indoor Championships was all about speed as the Club’s sprinters all had the same goal; advance from their heat to run in the final eight. 275 Provincial medallists from across the entire country in the u12-u18 juvenile age groups travelled to Athlone IT International Arena to test themselves against the clock. With 16 to 20 runners in every age group vying for qualifying places the standard of competition was set very high. 

U16 Keelin  McGann, 7.79 seconds, and U17 Cian Nolan, 7.58 seconds,  were disappointed not to improve on their Connacht times as they did not progress from the heats stage. Both U17 Gospel Idahor, 8.16 seconds, and U18 Aaron Kelly, 7.42 seconds, achieved new personal best times running well in their respective heats and final.

Sisters Funmi  and Yemi Talabi both won their heats with new pbs and looked competitive for the finals. Funmi  got out of the starting blocks strongly and bolted for the line winning 2nd place and  her first ever All-Ireland medal in the U13 Girls 60m sprint, 8.21 seconds. This wonderful achievement was a long time coming as Funmi has been the fastest girl in Connacht for the last 5 years since she was U9 in 2013 but she never stepped on the All-Ireland podium until today. Yemi showed continued improvement as she finished 4th place overall in the field of 18 Girls in U16 60m sprint, 7.90 seconds, one better than her 5th place finish last year, 8.11 seconds. Happy to improve, it was still hard to go home without a medal after such a great performance.

Longford AC had three athletes competing in a variety of field events: high jump, shot putt and long jump. Brendan Finnan recorded a new pb 4.61m, 8th place, in U15 Boys long jump but was not able to replicate his best Provincial high jump of 1.50m. Yemi Talabi was not in top form as she hurt her knee on her 1st jump so had to settle for best jump of 4.38m, 14th place. Only Nelvin Appiah managed to fly the flag for Longford as he took All-Ireland Bronze in the U17 Boys High Jump at 1.88m. He also finished 6th place, 10.79m, in shot putt.

The first event of Day 3, the 200m heats, saw five of Longford AC’s talented teenage athletes take to the track trying to improve on their Connacht qualifying times.  U18 Aaron Kelly, 24.00 seconds, U17 Gospel Idahor, 27.83 seconds, U16 Keelin McGann, 24.40 seconds and U16 Killian Rawle, 24.96 seconds, gave their all but did not manage to progress from the heats stage.

It was all up to Nelvin Appiah who won his heat, 23.22 seconds, with the fastest overall time across the 19 competitors in his U17 Boys age group. This earned him the treasured starting place in Lane 6 for the final which proved absolutely crucial in giving him the fraction of a tenth of a second advantage that saw Nelvin win Gold in 22.77 seconds. The first three were so close across the finish line that all the spectators held their breath until the screen flashed with Longford’s result. 2nd place, 22.88 seconds and 3rd place, 22.96 seconds, both went to athletes from Leevale AC, Cork. Breaking the 23 second mark was a great achievement for Nelvin over the 3 Days of National Indoor Championships and added to his All-Ireland Silver medal from last weekend’s 4X200m Relay Finals.

The middle distance races were next on the programme and standard was so high on the day that three new Championship Best Performances were recorded by juvenile athletes in these events alone. Both Kate Hagan, new pb in the U14 Girls 800m heat, 2:34.64 minutes, and Dylan Horkan, U18 Boys 800m, had to settle for gaining competition experience at National level as they did not progress from the heats stage.

Cian McPhillips took the lead from the gun and owned the U16 Boys 800m, winning Gold in 2:00.91 minutes in the straight final of 12 runners. This win was all the sweeter as last week Cian fell on the track after tangling feet with another runner when they were both only 300m from the finish line of the U16 Boys 1500m, a race where it looked certain he would have won the Gold. Both athletes got back up, Cian was not able to complete the race, and the other athlete finished 5th.

The Longford spectators could not believe the line-up when they saw Cian was positioned in the very same starting lane for the 800m race with the City of Lisburn athlete involved in the fall from last week. Repeating their tactics from last week’s 1500m race they took off together shooting to the lead and stayed shoulder to shoulder for nearly the entire 4 laps around the track until Cian broke ahead sprinting to the finish line to claim top place on the podium.

The U15 Boys 800m proved to be the crowd pleaser of the day with outstanding performances from Christopher Conaty in both heat and final races.  With only the first two in each heat guaranteed a place in the final Christopher needed to do enough to get through as well as conserve energy to run 800m again later in the day for the final. He stayed at the back of the pack for the three laps never drawing any attention. When the bell was sounded to mark the final lap Christopher ignited and sprinted the entire 200m to surprise the other seven runners and win his heat in 2:16.13 minutes.

After a few hours of rest then it was back on the track for four more laps in the U15 Boys 800m final.  Using the same strategy Christopher waited out his time running near the back of the group of eight runners. On the final lap he made his burst, moving up one place at a time nearly reaching the 2nd, 3rd and 4th place runners. Absolutely emptying everything he had in his tank Christopher crossed the line neck and neck with 3rd place to be 0:00.22 second off a medal as he snatched his first All-Ireland 4th place.  The experience gained in lap times and tactics will benefit several of Longford AC’s other middle distance runners in this age group who all train together.

Brendan Finnan had a long wait as the 60m Hurdles finals was the very last event of the long day at nearly 6pm. After a new pb in the heats,   10.41 seconds, Brendan was about to pack up his gear when he was offered a place in the final. He used the opportunity to further improve his time to 10.21 seconds. The hurdles height for U15 & U16 Boys is 84cm so Brendan has time to further improve his technique and speed and go at it again next year.

After the 3 days of individual events Longford AC outdid themselves again this year at the Athletics Ireland National Indoor Championships bringing home 2 Gold (U16 800m & U17 200m), 1 Silver (U13 60m sprint), 1 Bronze (U17 High Jump)  and 2 X 4th place finishes (U16 60m sprint and U15 800m) on top of their double silver success in Relay.  In total 13 Longford juveniles had the opportunity to compete at national level in 23 separate events. All coaches and juvenile athletes will enjoy a short break over the Easter holidays to return with fresh enthusiasm for the upcoming outdoor track and field season.

Irish Life Health National Indoor Relay Championships

April 3rd, 2017

Saturday 25th March 2017 at AIT International Arena, Athlone

Longford Athletic Club had double the reasons to celebrate as they won two sets of Silver All-Ireland medals at the Athletics Ireland National Indoor Relay Championships on 25th March at AIT International Arena, Athlone.  Improving on last year’s results, five of the Longford’s seven teams advanced from the heats to make the final for their age group with two teams reaching the podium and a further two teams finishing in 4th place.

The morning session got off to a great start with U13 and U17 Girls’ teams setting new pbs and qualifying  from the their heats for the final. U13 Girls 4X100m Relay Team: Siog Reilly, Kaela Brady, Funmi Talabi and Laura Farrell, finished 2nd in their heat, time 56.68 seconds, and ran very well in the final to finish in 4th place. U17 Girls 4X200m Relay Team: Gospel Idahor, Sarah Murphy, Yemi Talabi and Precious Oseyemi were 4th in the fastest heat with time of 1.53.30 minute and finished in 5th place overall.

The U17 Boys 4X200m Relay Team were the first to reach the podium as their race was a straight final. Their time of 1.36.57 minute was over 3 seconds faster than their Connacht qualifying time and saw them win the set of All-Ireland Silver medals. For the second year in a row, Longford juveniles Cian Belton, Niall Moran and Nelvin Appiah have a National achievement as they were Bronze medallists in U16 Relay last year.  Cian Nolan and subs Keelin McGann  and Killian Rawle helped to strengthen this year’s team.

After their second place finish in the U16 Boys heats, Killian Rawle, Keelin McGann, Cian McPhillips and Christopher Conaty (sub Brendan Finnan) looked very competitive for the final and did not disappoint with their time of 1.39.09 minute. They shaved off 3.5 seconds from their Provincial qualifying time to take Silver. Every member of this team has also earned their place at National level in individual events and all will see more action as the Indoor Championships continue over two more days.

Unfortunately the last race of the day was agonisingly close but yet still outside the medals, leaving the U18 Boys team Aaron Kelly, Dylan Horkan, Ronan Farrell, Cian Nolan and Nelvin Appiah bitterly disappointed.  After finishing 4th in their heat the team knew they had to give 110% in the final as all the times in their heat were faster than the winner of the previous heat.  As the baton was changed for the last time final runner Nelvin Appiah tore around the track chasing the top three teams, closing the gap to a mere fraction of a second,  0.0.49. off a 3rd place medal. They notched up a new pb 1.36.49 minute as they came 4th and made further strides from last year’s 6th place All-Ireland finish, time 1.39.44 minute.

Longford AC is proud of all seven relay teams that competed on the first day of the National Indoor Championships and the continued improvement year after year of all the juveniles reaching National competition. Day 2 will see the Club’s sprinters out on the track and Day 3 will be all the 200m and 800m races.

Nelvin Appiah- 3rd Place ALL-Ireland High Jump

April 3rd, 2017

Athletics Ireland National Indoor Championships at AIT

Nelvin Appiah was flying the flag for Longford AC as he won All-Ireland 3rd place in U17 Boys High Jump at 1.88m at the Irish Life Health National Indoor Championships on March 25th at AIT.  Also pictured on the podium is Joseph McEvoy, Nenagh Olympic AC,  1st place 1.94m and Lucas Moylan, Naas AC, 2nd place 1.91m. Nelvin had a very demanding day as he was competing in 4 events, U17 High Jump and shot putt as well as running on both U17 and U18 relay teams.

U17 Boys Relay- All Ireland Silver

April 3rd, 2017

Longford Athletic Club U17 Boys 4X200m Relay Team on the podium to receive the set of Silver medals at the Athletics Ireland National Indoor Relay Championships at Athlone IT International Arena. Their time of 1.36.57 was over 3 seconds faster than their Connacht qualifying time. For the second year in a row, team member Cian Belton, Niall Moran and Nelvin Appiah celebrate their All-Ireland achievement as they were Bronze medallists in U16 Relay last year.  Cian Nolan and subs Keelin McGann  and Killian Rawle helped to strengthen this year’s team.

U16 Boys Relay Team

April 3rd, 2017

All-Ireland Silver medallists Keelin McGann, Brendan Finnan (sub), Killian Rawle, Cian McPhillips & Christopher Conaty stand on the track at AIT after their excellent performance at the Athletics Ireland National Indoor Relay Championships on March 25th. The Longford Athletic Club U16 Boys 4X200m Relay Team finished second in their heat and shaved off 3.5 seconds from their Provincial qualifying time to take the set of Silver medals.

Longford AC U13 Girls 4X100m Relay Team – 4th place All-Ireland finish

April 3rd, 2017

Longford Athletic Club U13 Girls 4X100m Relay Team were all smiles as they finished 4th place at the Irish Life Health National Indoor Relay Championships at AIT last weekend. Siog Reilly, Kaela Brady, Funmi Talabi and Laura Farrell finished 2nd in their heat with a new pb of 56.68 seconds to qualify for the final race of 6 teams.