Athletics Ireland Irish Life Health National Juvenile Outdoor Championships  Day 2

July 26th, 2017

9th July 2017 at Tullamore Harriers Stadium.

Longford athletic club juvenile members travelled to Tullamore for the second day of the national juvenile championships on Sunday the 9th of July.  Each Longford athlete had already performed really well this season in qualifying for the national finals by placing in the top three in Connacht.   The national finals are a big step up in quality with the very best in Ireland competing.

First up for Longford in the field events were Paul Idahor in the U15 boy’s long jump and Ryan Keogh in the U12 turbo Javelin.  Paul longest jump of 4.25 was not enough to get him amongst the medals.  This was Paul’s first outing at national finals and he showed he has the potential to perform really well at this level in future.   Ryan finished 9th overall with a throw of 23.21 and just missed out on making the final eight by a small margin and getting a further three throws.  This would have given Ryan a chance to throw nearer his personal best which would have placed him in the top 6 on the day.  Paul and Ryan gained valuable expedience at national level and with more work over the winter months on these technical events they both can look forward to event better results next year.

After lunch the remaining Longford athletes were ready for action on the track in the sprint events.  Dylan Horkan was running in the boy’s U18 400m.   Dylan moved to the 400m this year having previously concentrated on the 200m and 800m.  Dylan qualified to nationals after having a great race in Connacht were he ran under 55 seconds.  Dylan disappointedly suffered injury during his heat but showed great spirit to finish out his race.  Dylan can be proud of his Connacht performance and will come back stronger having chalked off the nationals as one of those unlucky days.   

The shorter sprints were up next.  Longford had a strong contingent of participants in these very competitive races.  Matthew McCormack started in the U12 boys 60m.  This was Matthew’s first time competing at national level.  Matthew ran with great determination in his heat to qualify for the final where he again demonstrated his speed to finish 6th in a very tight race.  Matthew showed he has the ability to mix it with the best in the country in his age and with more training can be in contention for medals in the future. 

Funmi Talabi who has been a regular contender in recent years at national level was competing in the U13 girl’s 80m.  Funmi qualified into the final as third fastest and a potential podium finisher. In the final Funmi got a poor start and was playing catch up for the rest of the race.  Funmi still managed to finish in 5th place in a very close race only .07 of a second from silver.  Funmi is certainly one of the fastest U13 girls in the country and with a better start has the potential to be the very fastest. 

New to athletic competition this year in the U15 boys 100m was Davidson Olusanya.  Davidson has shown his potential this year already having qualified through Connacht. The national finals are a big step up in quality and Davidson’s experience will prepare him for future competition at this level.   

Yemi Talabi qualified comfortably as fourth fastest into the final of the U16 girls 100m.  In a very close final Yemi finished in an excellent fourth overall.   Yemi got off to a poor start and had a little too much to do to get into the medals.  Yemi has tremendous athletic ability and natural speed.  When she executes her race and start as she would like she will be right up there fighting for gold.


Gospel Idahor performed excellently in the U17 girls 100m qualifying for the final and finishing in 5th overall.  Gospel is committed to training and competition and provides a great example to all our juvenile members on how with talent and dedication you can progress to a high level in your chosen event.  

In recent years Aaron Kelly has consistently been a top sprint performer at Connacht and National level.  Aaron was racing in the very competitive U18 boys 100m.  Aaron just failed to qualify into the final from a very difficult heat.  Aaron can build on this performance knowing that he has the ability and speed to challenge for final places and medals in the future.

Longford AC sprinters were on the track on Day 2 of the Irish Life Health National Juvenile Outdoor Track & Field Championships 2017: Yemi Talabi, Funmi Talabi, Goaspel Idahor, Paul Idahor and Davidson Olusayna.

Irish Life Health Juvenile Outdoor ‘B’ Track & Field Championships

July 22nd, 2017

Tullamore, 15th July 2017

Well done to the five juveniles that travelled to Tullamore to compete in the National ‘B’ Track & Field Championships last Saturday. This competition is for improvers that want gain more experience competing at National level. It is only open to juveniles in the U12-16 age group who competed at Provincial level but did not place in the top 4. The opportunity to further practice some of the finer technical points such as setting up starting blocks can be a benefit to this up and coming group of young athletes.

Sian Gallagher came home with two new personal bests in both U12 Girls 600m, 2:05.91 minutes and 3.15m in long jump both noticeable improvements from the Connacht Outdoor Championship in early June.  Newcomer Shane Burke also achieved a new pb, 12.53 seconds, in the U14 Boys 80m sprint in his first outing at National level.

Joseph Carrigy and Eoin Kiernan were on the track for middle distance in the Boys U13 600m and U14 800m. Although both were disappointed they have a much better idea of the pace and stamina required and will hopefully apply this in their efforts for cross country in the autumn.  The standard at the National ‘B’ competition is always very demanding especially at the end to the season when athletes are relaxing on their summer holidays.

Sarah McPhillips ran well in the U14 Girls 80m sprint heats, 11.84 seconds, but did not progress from this stage. As there were four heats for this age group, only one place is guaranteed to each heat winner along with the next 4 fastest overall times. So many times Sarah would be the next one selected as she misses by just a fraction of a millisecond. She had a similar fate at the long jump pit as she came 4th out of 13 jumpers and achieved a great new pb but narrowly missed the podium by 0.07m. The sprint\long jump combination is definitely be the most popular event choices in nearly every age group so it always maintains the highest level of competitiveness.

This event marks the end of the track and field season for this year. When weekly training resumes in September the focus will be on preparation for cross country and building up fitness over the coming months.

Longford AC juvenile members Sarah McPhillips, Shane Burke and Sian Gallagher competed at the Athletics Ireland National ‘B’ Track and Field Championships in Tullamore on 15th July 2017 in sprint, middle distance and long jump events. All gained further competition experience and came home with new pbs.

Eoin Kiernan and Joseph Carrigy, Longford AC, were on the track in middle distance races at Tullamore Harriers Arena for the National ‘B’ Track and Field Championships on 15th July 2017.

Irish Life Health National Outdoor Track & Field Championships 2017

July 16th, 2017

Day 1, 8th July 2017 at Tullamore

Hurdles, 800m, U16 Long Jump

Day 1 of the Athletics Ireland National Track & Field Championships got under way in Tullamore Harriers Stadium last Saturday. All competitors have to be in the top four in their provincial championships in order to qualify to compete in the national showcase. This means that the very best juvenile athletes in the country were on show with the resultant setting of new national records and many exceptional performances in the field events and on the track.

Longford Athletics Club had Yemi Talabi competing in the U16 Girls’ Long Jump. After fouling her first jump, Yemi was under pressure to deliver a solid second and third jump. This she did but was a little below her usual high standards and failed to make the final eight jumpers who qualified for a further three jumps. However Yemi who just took up the long Jump this season should be well pleased to reach a national final at her first attempt. The experience gained from competing at this level and observing other more experienced jumpers will help her in the future.

The very same lessons apply to Corey Molloy who competed for the first time in Hurdles at National Level. The only practice for the Club in this event is during the few winter training sessions at Athlone IT track so it is difficult to be competitive at National with such limited facilities.

All attention then turned to the track and as usual Longford AC was well represented in the 800m events. First up was Jack Gallagher in the U14 Boys 800m. The standard in this race as in all the 800m races was exceptionally high and Jack gave his all on the day in a race that started fast and continued at a break neck for the entire two laps. The early pace told on many of the athletes and the very warm conditions saw most of them collapse over the finish line. Jack ran a good race to finish 10th and will have learned a lot from this outing, his second national final in a row.

Longford AC had two competitors in the U15 Boys 800m race, a feat not lost on the commentator considering that this month commemorates the 35th anniversary of Ray Flynn’s Irish Mile Record set in Oslo. Joe Reilly and Christopher Conaty carried the Longford colours into battle and like the previous race, a blistering early pace was set. Both Longford athletes settled into the middle of the group but such was the pace that the group spread out quickly and they had to fight hard to maintain their positions. With 100m left, the two boys were engaged in a terrific battle for 7th and 8th positions with Christopher just pipping Joe on the line to replicate the finishing positions from a year previous.

Cian McPhillips was next up in the U16 Boys’ race. As in the previous races, the very best athletes from each province took to the start line. Cian positioned himself on the shoulder of the leader for the first lap and as the bell sounded, he was in the perfect position to respond to the move of the Munster Champion Tommy Connolly, Leevale AC. Over the final 300m the large crowd was treated to one of the best head to head, shoulder to shoulder duels of the day. The two lads were locked together until with 100m left to run, Cian unleashed his renowned finishing kick which took him five metres clear and he continued to hold that comfortable lead all the way to the finish line, in the time of 2:02.05. This gold was added to the All-Ireland Indoor gold he won in Athlone International Arena last April and makes him the undisputed Irish number one in the 800m event. It was deserved reward for the club that had been so well represented by its middle distance athletes on such a prestigious occasion and on such an historical month for the club with the 35th anniversary of Ray Flynn’s mile record. Cian now will turn his attention to the 1500m next week end where he will renew the rivalry with many of the same competitors.

Day 2 saw the Club’s sprinters going against the clock as well as Ryan Keogh in U12 Turbo Javelin and Paul Idahor, U15 Boys’ Long Jump. Full report on these events next week. See Club website for more details.

Longford Athletics Club middle distance athletes Jack Gallagher, Joe Reilly, Christopher Conaty & Cian McPhillips all competed in the Boys 800m events at Tullamore Harriers Stadium on Day 1 of the Irish Life Health National Juvenile Outdoor Track & Field Championships.

On the winner’s podium at the All-Ireland Track & Field Championships in Tullamore, Longford Athletics Club juvenile athlete Cian McPhillips receives 1st place Gold in the U16 Boys 800m in the time of 2:02.05 minutes. Tommy Connolly, Leevale A.C.  2nd place, 2:02.44 minutes and Sean Donoghue, Celtic DCH A.C. 3rd place, 2:03.04 minutes.

The McPhillips family, Paddy, Cian, Laura & Sarah, pictured on Day 1 of the Athletics Ireland National Outdoor Championships at Tullamore after Cian won the U16 Boys 800m event, taking home the National title and Gold medal.


‘Record breaking day’ at Athletics Ireland National Juvenile Relay Championships

July 16th, 2017

Irish Life Health National Juvenile Outdoor Relay Championships

2nd July 2017 at Athlone IT

According to Athletics Ireland it was a ‘record breaking day’ as 240 Relay teams in the U12-19 age group competed in the Irish Life Health National Juvenile Outdoor Relay Championships and smashed nine records at a single event.  The standard of competition rose significantly as six new Boys Relay records and three for U17-19 Girls were all achieved at Athlone IT’s outdoor track.

Clubs travelled to Athlone IT from all corners of the country bringing their top sprinters to the annual event full of expectation to improve their Provincial times and vie for national medals. The Programme for the day saw a total of 22 races, Uneven Ages, U13, U15, U17, and U19 in the morning session and Even Ages on in the afternoon. Longford Athletics Club had seven teams in this year’s competition who all returned home wiser for the experience but empty handed.

Dundrum South Dublin AC absolutely ripped up the track in the U17 and U18 Girls and Boys 4X400m Relay events setting a very impressive three new records.  Unfortunately for Longford Leevale AC , Cork, dominated in the U16 and U17 Boys 4 X100m races shaving off precious milliseconds and getting their names firmly on the Record list in both.

To their credit all seven Longford AC teams ran very smoothly, had no errors on baton hand overs and all came away with new pbs as they improved their times at this outing at National level. Credit goes to Funmi Talabi, Laura Farrell, Killian Rawle, Cian Nolan and Nelvin Appiah who were all on double duty running on two teams each as numbers were very tight with 23 juveniles going forward to make the seven teams.

U13 Girls:  Funmi Talabi, Laura Farrell, Siog Reilly, Rachel Mulligan, 57.92 seconds

U14 Girls:  Sarah McPhillips, Aideen Mulligan, Funmi Talabi, Laura Farrell, 56.75 seconds  

U17 Girls:  Gospel Idahor, Yemi Talabi, Precious Oseyemi, Edwige Mota, 53.44 seconds, 7th place

U15 Boys: Cathal Farrell, Nevelone Dampare, Paul Idahor, Joe Reilly, 52.90 seconds

U16 Boys only Longford team to run in heat and Final: Killian Rawle, Cian McPhillips, Keelin McGann, Christopher Conaty, 49.44 seconds Heat, 49.51 Final 7th place

 U17 Boys: Nelvin Appiah, Cian Nolan, Kofi Appiah, Killian Rawle, 46.88 seconds, 7th place

U18 Boys: Dylan Horkan, Corey Molloy, Cian Nolan, Nelvin Appiah, 47.34, 7th place

Funmi Talabi, Laura Farrell, Siog Reilly and Rachel Mulligan, competed at the Athletics Ireland National Relay Championships, representing Longford AC in the U13 Girls 4X100m race. 240 Relay teams from across Ireland competed on the record breaking day as nine new records were set.

 Longford AC U15 Boys 4X100m Relay Team: Cathal Farrell, Nevelone Dampare, Brendan Finnan (sub), Joe Reilly and Paul Idahor pictured at the recent National Juvenile Relay Championships at Athlone IT where they achieved a new pb of 52.90 seconds.

Baton change between Longford AC teammates Joe Reilly and Nevelone Dampare in the U15 Boys 4X100m race at the Athletics Ireland National Relay Championships, July 2017 at Athlone IT. A total of 22 events were on the Programme for the U12-U19 juvenile age group.

Juvenile Track & Field U12-U16 “B” Championships, 15 July 2017

June 30th, 2017

Venue: Tullamore, Co. Offaly
Date: 24th June 2017
Time: 11.00 a.m.
Check in open 9.30 a.m.
Entry Fee: €10 per team
Closing Date: 17th June 2017 (no late entries)
Entries: Online via Regional Competition Secretary

U9 Girls & Boys                 U10 Girls & Boys                  U11 Girls & Boys
    Born 2008                        Born 2007                           Born 2006
        60m                              60m                                     60m
       300m                             500m                                   600m
     Long Jump                    Long Jump                         Long Jump
Turbo Javelin (300gr)    Turbo Javelin (300 gr)       Turbo Javelin (300 gr)

1. Two (2) athletes per team.
2. Each athlete may compete in two events only, with the same or two different partners.
3. Athletes compete in their own age group (U9 must be born 2008)
4. Each teams combined distances or combined times are added for team scoring.
5. Medals for 1st, 2nd, 3rd team members in each event.
6. Three (3) teams per event per region, qualifying through Regional/Provincial Secretary.
7. U9, 10 Long Jump competition, athletes may jump anywhere from the sand. U11 Long Jump competition is from the board. 3 Jumps only per athlete.
8. Turbo Javelin throw as per javelin throw (tip must hit ground)
One throw per athlete per round with the throw measured to where tip first touches ground.
9. 60m, 300m, 500m, 600m are on times – no finals.
10. Standing or crouch start is optional. The standing start command for all sprints are “on your marks” and “set”
11. Persistent false starts may lead to disqualification.
12. No entry or change of entry on the day of competition (In the event of one team member being unable to attend they may be replaced by a reserve member)
13. Club singlets must be worn – no tracksuits.
14. The Committee reserve the right to alter the timetable.
15. Relays are not part of the scoring for team competition.
16. All athletes MUST check in at the Check-in desk after collecting their numbers.Collecting your number does not mean you are checked in.
17. A Call Area will be in operation. Athletes must report to the Call Area when announced over the PA.
18. Clubs with more than one team per age group MUST declare the members of each team at check-in. Failure to do this will mean the teams will be scored as entered.
U9-U11 Inter-Club Relays
No entry on the day of competition. Entries come through Regional/Provincial Secretary Athletes may step up ONE (1) age group only and may compete in TWO (2)
relays on the day except U9 athletes must be born in year 2009 At least 2 members of a competing relay team, participating in that event on that day must
be of the correct age except U9 athletes must be born in year 2009 Relay teams qualify from region, 3 teams per region Team names, DOB, registration numbers must be submitted with entry DECLARATION SHEETS MUST BE FILLED IN FOR EACH INDIVIDUAL TEAM Spot checks may take place.

Athletics Ireland National Children’s Games

June 28th, 2017

Longford AC had only 1 pair that qualified to go forward to the National Children’s Games, 24th June 2017 in Tullamore.  They won Silver in Connacht as an U11 Girls pair in the 60m sprint and finished 9th out of 12 pairs in the National competition. Both girls shaved spilt seconds off their time and came home with news pbs. Laura 9.50 seconds was 12th overall in the race of 24 girls, Aoife 9.74 seconds.

Longford Athletics Club U11 athletes Laura McCormack and Aoife Farrell competed in the Athletics Ireland National Children’s Games in Tullamore last Saturday. Both girls improved on their Silver medal Connacht sprint times and came home with new pbs as well as lovely new Athletics Ireland tops.

Silver Medal Winners

June 28th, 2017

Longford AC U16 Boys 4X100m Relay Team won Silver at the recent Connacht Outdoor Track & Field Championships at Sligo IT.

Cathal Farrell, Killian Rawle, Cian McPhillips & Nevelone Dampare

U15 Boys Relay Team

June 28th, 2017

U15 Boys 4X100m Relay Team at Connacht Outdoor Track & Field at Sligo IT

Davidson Olusanya, Cathal Farrell, Paul Idahor & Nevelone Dampare

Longford AC teenagers in top form, qualifying for Nationals in 24 individual events

June 28th, 2017

Connacht Outdoor Track & Field Championships, Day 2

17th June 2017 at Sligo IT                           

Longford Athletics Club U14+ juveniles were in great form in the beaming sunshine on Day 2 of the Connacht Outdoor Track and Field Championships at Sligo IT. They came away with qualifications for Athletics Ireland National finals in 24 individual events that will take place on several dates in July in Tullamore.

The very long programme of events is a balancing act as many of the teenage athletes competed in 3 individual events after already achieving success on relay teams which was the first event of the day. The 100m sprint was the most popular race which many combined with long jump and the 200m. The middle distance runners had to excel in the 1500m while saving enough reserve to tackle the 800m.

Experienced athletes Nelvin Appiah, Cian McPhillips and Adeyemi Talabi all returned home to Longford with multiple Gold medals each. Gospel  Idahor, Joe Reilly and Brendan Finnan won a pair of Silver medals apiece. Newest Club member Davidson Olusanya impressed on his first outing with Bronze in the 100m sprint and 6th place in the U15 Boys 200m. In total 13 juveniles in the older age groups now get the opportunity to compete at National level.

Longford Athletics Club Track & Field Results for U14+ age groups


Davidson Olusanya, U15 Boys, 13.48 seconds, 3rd place

Adeyemi Talabi, U16 Girls, 12.76 seconds, 1st place

Killian Rawle, U16 Boys, 12.43 seconds = 4th place

Gospel Idahor,U17 Girls, 13.08 seconds = 2nd place

Nelvin Appiah, U17 Boys, 11.72 seconds= 1st place

Aaron Kelly,U18 Boys, 12.09 seconds = 4th place


Brendan Finnan, U15 Boys 80m, 14.1 seconds= 1st place

Corey Molloy, U18 Boys 110m, 18.41 seconds=4th place


Christopher Conaty, U15 Boys, 28.02 seconds= 4th place

Killian Rawle, U16 Boys, 25.04 seconds= 2nd place

Gospel Idahor, U17 Girls, 27.98 seconds = 2nd place          

Nelvin Appiah, U17 Boys, 23.58 seconds=1st place


Dylan Horkan, U18 Boys, 55.7 seconds=3rd place


Jack Gallagher, U14 Boys, 2:24.82 minutes= 3rd place

Christopher Conaty, U15 Boys, 2:19.71 minutes = 1st place

Joe Reilly, U15 Boys, 2:21.62 minutes = 2nd place

Cian McPhillips, U16 Boys, 2:04.69 minutes =1st place     


Joe Reilly, U15 Boys, 4:51.82 minutes = 2nd place

Cian McPhillips, U16 Boys, 4:21.52 minutes =1st place

Field Events

High Jump U15 Brendan Finnan, 1.45m= 2nd place 

High Jump U17 Nelvin Appiah, 1.80m= 1st place

Javelin U15 Brendan Finnan, 25.15m = 2nd place 

Long Jump U16 Adeyemi   Talabi, 4.95m= 1st place

Long Jump U16 Killian Rawle, 5.04m= 3rd place


Longford Athletics Club U14+ Juveniles competing on Day 2 of the Connacht Outdoor Track and Field Championships at Sligo IT. They qualified for Athletics Ireland National Finals in 24 individual events ranging from javelin, high jump, 800m and Hurdles in July in Tullamore.

Continued Relay Success for Longford AC

June 28th, 2017

Connacht Outdoor Track & Field Championships 2017- Relays

Sligo IT, 10 & 17 June 2017

Longford Athletics Club has eight teams through to Athletics Ireland National Relay finals in July after two weekends of action on the track at Sligo IT. Three Girls teams, U13, U14 and U17 plus all the Boys U15-18 Teams have qualified and now have a brief window to fine tune their skills for the All-Ireland Outdoor Relay Championship on 2nd July in Athlone.

After winning Silver at the National Indoor Relay Championships in March, Longford athletes Nelvin Appiah, Cian Nolan, Killian Rawle and Cian McPhillips are eager to put their speed to the test on outdoor conditions All-Ireland level.

Nearly 800 juvenile athletes in the youngest age groups, U9-13 years old, travelled to Sligo for competition on Day 1 of the Connacht Outdoor Track & Field Championships 2017.  Relay was the first event on the programme and Longford had their work cut out for them with 81 girls teams and 65 boys team from across the Connacht region registered for 4X100m relays on the day.

With their largest group of competitors to date Longford put out 13 teams giving every child the chance to try this event, many for the very first time. Top honours go to the U13 Girls team: Funmi Talabi, Siog Reilly, Laura Farrell and Rachel Mulligan winning the only set of medals for Longford on Day 1.  The girls won their heat with a good lead, time of 57.99 seconds, but had to wait as the results for all 15 teams in their age group were tallied to hear they had claimed 1st place Gold.

Both the U10 Boys Team: Conor Wright, Max Gallagher, Cormac Mulligan & Padraic Mulligan, time 1:06.13 minute and the U13 Boys Team: Jack Belton, Joseph Carrigy, Matthew McCormack & Ryan Keogh, time 58.79 seconds, performed very well, each taking 4th place on a highly competitive day.

Longford was very confident heading to Sligo for Day 2 of the Championships with many of the Club’s more experienced athletes competing for places on the qualifiers’ list. This is one of the busiest days of track and field action in the Western Region with 500 teenagers from over 30 Clubs taking part in the packed Programme of Events.

Teams from Galway, Mayo and Sligo earned their qualification to Nationals at County level so many chose only to focus on their individual events. Six of Longford’s eight relay teams sailed through. U14 Girls:  Sarah McPhillips, Aideen Mulligan, Laura Farrell and Funmi Talabi took Bronze, time of 57.69 seconds. U17 Girls: Gospel Idahor, Yemi Talabi, Precious Oseyemi & Edwige Mota won Gold, time 54.63 seconds.

Many of the U15-18 Boys were on double duty, running in their own age group and moving up an age to enhance teams. U16 Boys: Killian Rawle, Cian McPhillips, Cathal Farrell and Nevelone Dampare got Silver, time 51.24 seconds. Then it was two more Gold for U17 and U18 Boys Teams with Nelvin Appiah and Cian Nolan prominent in both victories. Trying a new event for the first time the U18 Boys all from Kenagh: Dylan Horkan, Aaron Kelly, Corey Molloy and Cian Nolan, ran the 4X400m Relay adding another set of Gold to their earlier 4X100m victory.

The U15 Boys team Cathal Farrell, Nevelone Dampare, Paul Idahor and Davidson Olusanya won their race, time 53.38 seconds, but were subsequently disqualified for a zone infraction. Despite this small set back they still go forward as a County team and will use the next two weeks training to focus on improving their handover timing.