IMPORTANT INFORMATION FOR ATHLETES COMPETING IN CONNAUGHT INDOORS

February 23rd, 2015

KNOW WHAT DAY YOU ARE COMPETING. CHECK THE TIMETABLE ON THIS WEBSITE

WEAR LONGFORD AC TOP WITH WHITE SHORTS AND SOCKS. IF YOU WANT TO WEAR A TEE SHIRT UNDER THE VEST, IT MUST BE A PLAIN WHITE ONE

MAKE SURE TO USE 5 MM SPIKES IF YOU ARE WEARING SPIKES

THE TIMETABLE IS A RUNNING ORDER AND NOT A TIME TABLE. YOU WILL NEED TO WATCH THE EVENTS IN PROGRESS TO KNOW WHERE THINGS ARE AT ON THE TIMETABLE

MAKE SURE YOU LEAVE YOURSELF ENOUGH TIME FOR A GOOD WARM UP. ATHLETES ARE ‘CALLED’ INTO ASSEMBLY ABOUT 15 MINUTES BEFORE THEY ARE DUE TO COMPETE. YOU NEED TO HAVE A GOOD WARM UP DONE BEFORE THAT.

THE FIRST EVENT EACH DAY IS AT 10AM.

THOSE IN THE UNDER 12 AND UNDER 14 RELAYS SHOULD TRY AND BE IN ARENA AROUND 9AM TO GET NUMBERS AND PINS AND THEN GET WARMED UP.

THE UNDER 12 GIRLS RELAY SHOULD BE CALLED INTO ASSEMBLY AT 9.45AM ASSEMBLY WILL BE UPSTAIRS AT THE END OF THE WARM UP TRACK FOR TRACK EVENTS AND AT THE EVENT FOR ALL FIELD EVENTS I.E LONG JUMP ASSEMBLES AT LONG JUMP PIT

NO TRAINING ON FRIDAY NIGHT 26TH FEB IN THE MALL

BEST OF LUCK TO EVERYONE REPRESENTING LONGFORD AC AND ENJOY THE EXPERIENCE

 

BELOW IS THE INFORMATION WE RECEIVED FROM CONNAUGHT ATHLETICS

Notes for All Clubs; Athletes, Parents and Coaches for Connaught Indoors

NO food is to be eaten in the Stadium; an area of the foyer will be made available.

All spectators are asked to sit in the Stadium, NO standing along the rails will be allowed.

Only Athletes warming up will be allowed on the upper track, NO spectators.

Assembly for All track events is upstairs and only when called.

Assembly for All field events is at the event.

Results for the outer track and inner (sprint) track will all be done on time, No Finals.

Standards will be used for the Long Jump, all 1st jumps measured; all subsequent jumps only measured if they are near or exceed that of the 6th longest jump.

The board takes no responsibility for athletes missing or late for events, this lies with the club/athlete.

 WE WILL BRING A SUPPLY OF PINS

2015 Connaught Indoors

February 23rd, 2015

See below links (MS Excel Required) for 2015 Connaught Indoors.

2015 Connaught Indoors DayOne

2015Connaught IndoorsDayTwo

Longford AC Juvenile Awards Night-Girls Outstanding Achievements of 2014

February 9th, 2015

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Coaches Padraig Farrell & Paddy McPhillips with the 8 girls’ award recipients, who all competed in Athletics Ireland National Finals in Sprint, Middle Distance & Cross Country.

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Yemi Talabi, Sarah Murphy, Sarah McPhillips, Avril Cosgrove, Aideen Mulligan, Funmi Talabi, Tamara Cosgrove & Anna Hayden.

Longford AC Juvenile Awards Night 2014

February 9th, 2015

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Presentation to outgoing Chairman & Juvenile Coach Padraig Farrell

Longford AC Juvenile Awards Night-Club Girl and Boys of the Year 2014

February 9th, 2015

Club Girl & Boys of the Year 2014, Longford AC

Coaches Leslie Finnan, Caitriona Hayden & Paddy McPhillips with the Club Girl & Boys of the Year 2014. They were recognised for their commitment to training and strives to improve throughout the last year, having competed in Indoor & Outdoor Track & Field, Cross Country and Relay. Aoife Maher, Jim Crossan, James Galligan, Jack Gallagher & Daniel Hayden

Little Athletics Coaches

February 9th, 2015

Longford AC Little Athletics coaches 2014-15.

Longford AC Juvenile Awards Night recognised the time and enthusiasm that
Little Athletics Coaches Sean Crossan, Shona Matthews & Mick O’Hara put in each week for 2014 with the 5-8 year old group of the Club.

Longford AC Juvenile Awards Night-Boys Outstanding Achievements of 2014

February 9th, 2015

Longford AC Juveniles Outstanding Achievements 2014 Boys

Coaches Padraig Farrell, Caitriona Hayden & Paddy McPhillips with the 8 award recipients who all competed in Athletics Ireland National Finals in Cross Country, Sprint, Middle Distance, High Jump, Long Jump, Turbo Javelin & Relay.

Niall Nerney, Niall Moran, Daire McManus, Cian McPhillips, Cian Belton, Adam Shields, David McDonnell and Brendan Finnan

Longford AC Juvenile Awards Night- Celebrating the Accomplishments of 2014

February 9th, 2015

The Outstanding Achievements of 16 young athletes were recognised at the annual Longford Athletics Club Juvenile Awards Night held on Friday January 30, 2015 at St. Mel’s College gymnasium in front of a large crowd of family and club members. The engraved display medals were presented by the Club’s new chairperson Paddy McPhillips starting with U10 & 11 athletes Funmi Talabi, Tamara Cosgrove, Anna Hayden, Sarah McPhillips, Avril Cosgrove & Aideen Mulligan who all competed in the Athletics Ireland National Juvenile Pairs Final in Tullamore in June 2014. Connacht medallists Yemi Talabi, sprint, and Sarah Murphy, 600m and Cross Country, rounded off the girls’ winners, both having competed in the Indoor and Outdoor Championships last year and they are already looking forward to a promising year ahead.

The boys in the Club were equally represented in the Outstanding Achievements of 2014 with Connacht medals in Long Jump, High Jump, Turbo Javelin, Relay, Cross Country, Sprint and Middle Distance. Niall Nerney, Niall Moran, Daire McManus, Cian McPhillips, Cian Belton, Adam Shields, David McDonnell and Brendan Finnan all received awards. The superior accomplishments of Cian McPhillips in 2014 stood out from the rest when he won the U13 Boys 600m National Outdoor title and set a new Irish record of 1minute 36.47 seconds.

There was great excitement as the Club Girl\Boy of the Year 2014 was announced. Aoife Maher, Jim Crossan, Jack Gallagher, Daniel Hayden and James Galligan were chosen for their commitment to training, bringing the right attitude and striving to improve throughout the last year.

Little Athletics coaches Shona Matthews, Sean Crossan & Mick O’Hara were acknowledged for the time and enthusiasm they give each week to the 5-8 year old section of the Club. A token of appreciation was given to Juvenile coaches Caitriona Hayden, Paddy McPhillips, Leslie Finnan, Adeline Galligan and Donal Mulligan to celebrate Longford AC’s remarkable year. The evening ended with a special presentation to the outgoing Chairman and Juvenile coach Padraig Farrell who has been a motivating factor in the growth and improvements in the Juvenile section of the Club over the last few years.

Welcome to Longford AC for 2015

January 15th, 2015

Registration for 2015 is now open, this is good for Jan-Dec of each year. Registration Night was held on Friday January 9th in the gymnasium at The Mall Sports Complex. 1 year registration cost €20 per child or €50 for family of 3 or more. Every athlete must be a registered member of Longford AC in order to attend training and enter competition.

Senior Training

Senior training takes place every Tuesday and Thursday at 7pm in the Mall. Tuesday’s routine consists of 15 minutes warm up and stretches followed by 40 minutes of strength and endurance and finishing with a warm down. This training is adapted to suit all levels of fitness. Thursday night is long distance training with one group running 3- 6 miles at a comfortable pace and a more advanced group running 10-12 miles at a slightly faster pace. On Saturday morning the group meet at the mall at 8am for a long run of 10-20 miles, for the more experienced runners, with turn back points for anyone in between. New members are welcome to join us any Tuesday or Thursday at 7pm.

Age categories are calculated from 31st December in the year of competition.  No athlete may obtain a birthday in the year of competition and compete in that age.

In 2015 Child will turn Age 8 years (Born 2007) = U9

In 2015 Child will turn Age 9 years (Born 2006) = U10

In 2015 Child will turn Age 10 years (Born 2005) = U11

In 2015Child will turn Age 11 years (Born 2004) = U12

In 2015 Child will turn Age 12 years (Born 2003) = U13

In 2015 Child will turn Age 13 years (Born 2002) = U14

In 2015 Child will turn Age 14 years (Born 2001) = U15

In 2015 Child will turn Age 15 years (Born 2000) = U16

 

Little Athletics

Little Athletics takes place every Friday evening at 7pm in the Mall Complex. Little athletics is for children in the 6 to 8 year age group and focuses on Agility, Balance and Coordination. This session lasts 1 hour and we request all parents remain for the hour. Each session cost €2 and every child must pay a €20 registration fee to cover AAI insurance.

 Juvenile Athletics

Children must be aged 9 years and above to attend Juvenile training sessions. Training costs €2 per child per session, every Wednesday 7-8pm indoors at St. Mel’s College gymnasium and Friday evenings 7-7:45 pm outdoors on tarmac or on the pitch at St. Mel’s College. A child must be a registered member of Longford AC in order to attend training. Sessions are organised once a month, and more frequently before competitions, at the indoor track at Athlone IT. Everyone involved in the club can attend these sessions at the track.  When scheduled these sessions replace the normal juvenile training sessions on Friday nights, so there is No training offered in Longford when the track sessions are on.

The Club is always looking for parents to become actively involved in running the Juvenile section as coaches, registering athletes online for competitions and giving additional support weekly at Wed\Fri training sessions. If any parent would like to gain coaching skills the Club will pay for training available through Athletics Ireland. Anyone interested please speak to Paddy McPhillips or any of the Committee members.

Training at AIT indoor track

It is very important that any athletes age U12 and above intending to enter the Indoor Track & Field competition (at the end of February) attend training sessions that are booked at AIT Indoor Arena so they are familiar with starting blocks, relay teams and field events. This is a fantastic facility right on our door step and an excellent opportunity for the juveniles to get experience. The sessions are 7-8:30pm, ALL athletes to arrive by 6:50pm in order to be fully ready to start on time. Parents to make their own arrangements regarding transport to and from AIT.  Extra help is always needed on the night so all parents are most welcome to lend a hand. Dates for the coming months in 2015 are as follows:

FRIDAY Jan 16, Feb 6, Feb 20, March 6 and March 20

Rules & Regulations for Indoor Competition

The Connacht Indoor Track & Field Championship is scheduled for Saturday Feb 28/Sunday March 1st at AIT. Longford AC Singlets (cost €25) must be worn by all competitors, white shorts & white socks. This competition is for juvenile athletes U12 (Born 2004) up to U19. An athlete may compete in 3 individual events plus the relay.  Athletes are confined to their own age group. The first 3 medallists qualify for the National Championships in March. Athletes U13 upwards must use starting blocks. 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

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.

Athletes can chose 3 events to compete in plus relay

U12 U13 U14 U15 U16
60m Sprint 60m Sprint 60m Sprint 60m Sprint 60m Sprint
  60m Hurdles 60m Hurdles 60m Hurdles 60m Hurdles
600m 600m 800m 200m,800m 200m, 800m &1500m
    1000m Walk 1000m Walk 1500m Walk
High Jump High Jump High Jump High Jump High Jump
Long Jump Long Jump Long Jump Long Jump Long Jump
Shot Putt Shot Putt Shot Putt Shot Putt Shot Putt
         
Relay 4X100m Relay 4X100m Relay 4X200m Relay 4X200m Relay 4X200m

 

Competition for younger juvenile athletes age U9-11 (Born 2007-2005) take place outdoors in June 2015. Competing together with a partner they have the choice of 2 events: 60m sprint, middle distance, long jump and turbo javelin, where they work as a pair to combine their times\distances.

 

Connacht EVEN Ages Cross Country Championship

November 20th, 2014

report by Leslie Finnan

Held at Bushfield,  Loughrea, Co. Galway on 2nd  Nov 2014

The Connacht Even Ages Cross Country Championship was held recently at Bushfield, Loughrea on a rural grass course with rolling hills. Longford AC were represented by the U12 Boys team Brendan Finnan, James Galligan, Cathal Farrell & David McDonnell running the 2000m in biting wind and rain. They all found the fast pace of the 2 laps of the course combined with the harsh weather conditions tough going, finishing 6th place with a team score of 158. Best performance of the day goes to James Galligan, finishing 38th, showing continued improvement in speed and competitiveness after the Connacht schools cross country.

It was the first outing for new Longford AC juveniles Cian Belton and Karl McNerney running in the U14 Boys 3000m. Although only 33 contenders entered the race the lads were up against seasoned and accomplished Connacht runners on this challenging course. Both will have gained valuable experience from the competition which they can build on for the indoor track and field season in the new year.  Cian had the strategy to get out fast and keep at the front which worked very well for the first half of the race. He felt the pace over the final 1000m and gave his best to hold his ground. Although he did not make the cut off for individual medals, Cian can be reassured by his debut performance as he pushed hard for the finish line coming in 14th overall.

Luck was on Cian’s side as afew days after the race a spot opened up and he is going forward to compete in the U14 Boys 3000m race at the National Athletics Ireland Cross Country Finals on Sunday November 23 in Dundalk.

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