Longford Athletic Club middle distance runner Cian McPhillips after he received his Bronze medal in Tullamore on Day 1, July 10, 2016, of the GloHealth Athletics Ireland National Juvenile Outdoor Championships. Cian’s time of 2.13.05 was only 1.55 seconds off the winner who he kept pace with throughout the 800m race. Also pictured on the podium are 1st place, David Smith, Letterkenny AC and 2nd place, Tommie Connolly, Leevale AC.
Cian McPhillips- Bronze in U15 800m race at GloHealth Athletics Ireland National Juvenile OutdoorChampionshipsJuly 21st, 2016
Nelvin Appiah standing on the podium as he received the All-Ireland Gold medal in U16 High Jump on Day 1 of the GloHealth Athletics Ireland National Juvenile Outdoor Championships in Tullamore on July 10th. He beat off stiff competition from both Joseph McEvoy, Nenagh Olympic AC and Lucas Moylan, Naas AC to capture 1st place at 1.84m in wet and slippery conditions.
10 July 2016 at Tullamore Harriers Stadium
Longford Athletic Club: 1 Gold, 1 Bronze and 3 new pbs
With the relays, combined events and ‘B’ competitions all completed last week the focus of juvenile athletics across Ireland is now on individual events. The Programme for Day 1 of the GloHealth Athletics Ireland National Juvenile Outdoor Championships held in Tullamore on July 10th was U16-19 field events, middle distance and hurdles races.
Longford Athletics Club had 6 juveniles qualify for action on Day 1 from last month’s Provincial competitions in Galway and Sligo. Despite the inclement weather, Longford came home with 1 Gold and 1 Bronze, and 3 new personal best times.
After two 4th place finishes in both High Jump and 200m in March at the Indoor Championships, Nelvin Appiah knew he had to bring determination and focus to his events. To succeed in outdoor high jump in wet and slippery conditions you need to be fearless and when it came down to the final three competitors Nelvin had to dig deep to hold his nerve. He made hard work of it, having to flop over the bar 8 times as it was moved up in increments. There was a great cheer from the Longford coaches and supporters when Nelvin was the only one to clear 1.84m and win Gold in the U16 Boys High Jump. This performance sees him make the list to be considered for the August Celtic Games Track and Field in Swansea, Wales.
Longford’s four middle distance runners were in great form heading to Tullamore. Having secured Gold in the U13, 14 and 15 Boys races at Provincial level the Club was eager to be represented in all 3 age groups at the Nationals and to see how they stack up to the highest standard.
Jack Gallagher, Ardagh, was first up in the U13 Boys 600m and as expected, he gave his all to set a new personal best at 1.43.51, a 4 second improvement on his Connacht time from early June. The winner set a new Championship Best Performance in this age group so the fast pace pressure was on from the starting gun.
Joe Reilly, Moyne, and Christopher Conaty, Colmcille, worked very well together in the Connacht race pushing each other to win 1st and 2nd in the U14 Boys 800m. Having spent the last three weeks doing interval training together they were extremely well matched going out onto the track at All-Ireland level. Both knocked 8 seconds from their Provincial time to get a new pb each, Joe finishing only a fraction ahead at 2.20.80 for 6th place and Christopher 7th place at 2.20.91.
Medals were proving hard to come by until Cian McPhillips took his place on the line for the U15 Boys 800m. He got up to the front pack and stayed there throughout the two laps to finish 3rd and secure a Bronze at 2.13.05, despite being pushed and getting spiked on his shin. Cian looked very comfortable with the pace and will contest the 1500m next weekend.
The final Longford AC competitor in Day 1 events was Brendan Finnan running in the U14 Boys 75m Hurdles. He used this opportunity to gain more confidence in hurdles which he needs for pentathlons.
Next week’s Day 2 timetable will see Funmi Talabi, Gospel Idahor, Killian Rawle and Aaron Kelly competing in sprints.
Longford Athletic Club U13 Girls 4 X 100m Relay team finished 6th place overall at the National Juvenile Relay Championships at Tullamore last weekend. Melissa O’Kane, Sarah McPhillips, Funmi Talabi & Avril Cosgrove further improved on their Bronze medal winning performance at Connacht level with a new pb at the Nationals of 56.72.
Saturday 9th July 2016
held at Tullamore Harriers Stadium
The GloHealth Athletics Ireland National Juvenile Relay Championships were held at Tullamore Harriers Stadium last Saturday with over 220 teams in the U12-19 age groups from across the country competing for the prestigious All-Ireland medals.
All three teams from Longford Athletic Club had the same goal in mind, to improve their times and qualify from the heats stage to the final race. In the most unusual way both the U12 and U13 girls’ team managed to achieve this goal and both achieved new personal best performances for their efforts.
The Uneven Ages races, U13, 15, 17 and 19, were run in the morning in windy and wet conditions. An unexpected mishap when one of the advertising signs blew out and impeded their lane led the girls on an alternative route to the final. Sarah McPhillips, Funmi Talabi, Melissa O’Kane and Avril Cosgrove rose to the occasion and run a solo race on the track in front of the very large crowd to record a new time which saw them finish in 6th place overall, at 56.72. This was a big request of athletes that are only 11 and 12 years of age and showed the girls determination to move forward.
The afternoon session was for the Even Ages races with Longford U12 Girls competing against a full panel of 21 teams. Twice in the day the final came down to the unusual number of 9 teams forcing it to be run in two separate heats as there are only 8 lanes. Siog Reilly, Kaela Brady, Funmi Talabi and Laura Farrell actually tied for the 8th/9th qualifying place but were disappointed to be disqualified for a baton change violation in the wet and slippery conditions. Their performance would have seen them finish 7th overall which is a fantastic achievement at National level.
Longford’s U14 Boys team notched a new pb of 54.78 gaining experience and confidence competing with the top teams in Ireland. Christopher Conaty, Joe Reilly, Cathal Farrell and Brendan Finnan will have to incorporate sprint drills into their hectic schedules to shave off a few more precious seconds from their time as the overall winner came in at 50.36.
Now the focus of the Championships will shift to the individual events with Longford Athletic Club juveniles competing in sprint and 200m, middle distance, hurdles and high jump over the next few weekends of July.
Tullamore Harriers Stadium – 3rd July 2016
Four of Longford Athletic Club’s youngest members qualified to compete in the GloHealth Athletics Ireland National Children’s Games last Sunday in Tullamore. Twin brothers Cormac and Padraic Mulligan from Dromard finished in 7th place overall out of 13 pairs in the U9 Boys Turbo Javelin event with their combined score of 23.74m. The boys enthusiastically practiced at home and improved their bronze medal distance from Connacht by 5 meters. Cormac’s best throw of 12.52m listed him as 9th on the panel of 26.
Rising to competition at National level never phased the U9 Boys Relay Team who thoroughly enjoyed their day out in Tullamore. Max Gallagher, Conor Wright, Cormac and Padraic Mulligan gave a very smooth performance in their heat, 1:08.26, with all baton handovers completed well. They were disappointed to narrowly miss the recall to the final by a fraction of a second.
The U14-16 Combined Events Programme was integrated into the day’s events in Tullamore. Longford’s only entrant was Brendan Finnan in the U14 Boys pentathlon, doing 5 events over the day. Brendan succeeded in improving both his 800m time by 5 seconds, and overall score from his first outing in the Indoor season in January. Well done on his 7th place finish out of 11 participants in this age group.
Next weekend 3 teams will travel to the National Relay Finals for juveniles aged U12-19. Day 1 of the individual National Outdoor Track and Field Championships on Sunday July 10th will see Longford’s middle distance Connacht medallists take to the track. Jack Gallagher U13 600m, and Joe Reilly, Christopher Conaty and Cian McPhillips will all run in the 800m events.
Longford Athletic Club U9 Boys 4 X 100m Relay Team competed in the GloHealth Athletics Ireland National Children’s Games in Tullamore on July 3rd, 2016. Max Gallagher, Conor Wright, and brothers Cormac and Padraic Mulligan gave a very smooth performance on the track and missed the recall to the final by a fraction of a second.
Longford Athletics Club Impressive Wins in Boys’ Middle Distance Races
18 June 2016 at Sligo IT
Longford AC won 15 medals: 8 Gold, 4 Silver and 3 Bronze, from High Jump, Sprint and Middle Distance events
Longford Athletics Club was very successful at Day 2 of the Connacht Outdoor Track & Field Championships held last Saturday at Sligo IT. 540 juvenile athletes in the U13-19 age group from across the Western Region took part in the extensive programme that included 20 events on the track and in the field. At day end a total of 15 Longford athletes secured their places at next month’s Athletics Ireland All-Ireland Finals, joining the 8 younger athletes that qualified from Day 1.
Nelvin Appiah won all 3 of his U16 events, returning home with Gold in high jump, long jump and the 200m. This follows on from Nelvin’s recent success in the All-Ireland Secondary School Finals in the same events. Brendan Finnan added a Gold, Silver and Bronze to his 2016 collection of medals in High Jump, Relay and Hurdles. Cian McPhillips put himself to the test again this year running both the 1500m, winning Silver, and only an hour later the 800m, Gold, where he shaved off 6 seconds from his February indoor time.
Both the U13 Girls and U14 Boys Relays Teams had the winning formula with good baton hand overs and speed. Sarah McPhillips, Avril Cosgrove, Funmi Talabi and Laura Farrell won the set of Bronze medals in the time of 58.20. The U14 Boys race was the most competitive relay of the day with only 0.02 of a second ensuring Longford’s set of Silver medals for Christopher Conaty, Joe Reilly, Brendan Finnan and Cathal Farrell.
Jack Gallagher led off the Longford domination in the boys middle distance events as he won his first Connacht Gold medal in the U13 600m with a time of 1:47.48. Joe Reilly took Gold in the U14 800m, 2:28.20 and Christopher Conaty never let his teammate ease up when he finished only 0.20 seconds behind for 2nd place, 2:28.40, an impressive improvement on his indoor performance. Both had very little recovery after the demanding 200m race which made their victories all the better. Cian McPhillip’s Gold in the U16 800m as well as Aidan O’Boyle’s 4th place qualifying time in the U14 Boys 1500m rounded off the fantastic middle distance results.
Aaron Kelly’s Bronze 12.15 seconds in the U17 Boys 100m sprint earned his place on the All-Ireland roster. Club newcomers Gospel Idahor and Killian Rawle made their mark in both the 100m sprints and 200m races with solid times that mean they will also be making the trip to Tulllamore as they move from Provincial to National competition. Killian 1st in U15 Boys 100m, 12.66 seconds, and 4th in the 200m, 27.11 seconds. Gospel 2nd in U16 Girls 100m, 13.23 seconds, and 4th in 200m, 28.99 seconds.
The GloHealth Athletics Ireland National Juvenile Outdoor Championships are run over four days in July at Tullamore Harriers Stadium. First up will be the three Relay teams, U12 & 13 Girls and U14 Boys, all hoping that they can further improve on their performances when they take to the National platform.