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Athletics Ireland National Inter-Counties Inter-Club and Juvenile Even-Age Cross-Country Championships 2016

Clohisey and Mageean set for Abbotstown Cavalry Charge

Abbottstown, Dublin
11:30am, Sunday November 27th

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Cork Senior and Junior Team Selections for Irish Life Health National Cross Country Championships 2016


Athletics Ireland Press Release by Feidhlim Kelly


Timetable and Euro Cross-Country Selection Policy at End of Release


There is set to be a second stampede this coming Sunday (November 27) at the National Sports Campus in Abbotstown for the Irish Life Health National Cross Country Championships.

Previews can provide the commentators curse especially with a long list of highly competitive athletes vying for individual, club and county glory as well as potential places on the Irish European Cross Country at stake.


Open Senior Races

Raheny Shamrock’s Mick Clohisey has been a dominant force domestically over cross country and he will be looking to stretch his reign while also guiding his club to their first team title. The women’s race will also be wide open with Fionnuala McCormack (Kilcoole) forgoing the championships to race in Spain.

Mick Clohisey has been able to churn a gear and derail his opponents in what would be his fourth national title over the country. However, on the team front, he has been unable to steer Raheny Shamrock to their first elusive men’s team title. He will he hoping that will all change at the National Sports Campus where a strong squad includes Dooney brothers, Conor and Kevin, Mark Kirwan and Cillian O’Leary.

They dominated the Dublin Championships over their arch rivals Clonliffe Harriers who know how to peak for the big one. They won’t be relinquishing their crown without a fight and will have the consistency of Brian MacMahon, David Flynn and Sergiu Ciobanu leading the black and amber charge.

Munster champion Dara Chesser will be looking to score a surprise on three fronts – individually, for Ennis Track Club and his county Clare. Dublin will of course be heavy favourites for the county title but Clare have a team to be reckoned with.


Christie still has class

Mark Christie (Mullingar Harriers) oozes class and he has been reeling back the years winning the Autumn Open in Abbotstown along with winning the Leinster title against Tullamore Harriers’ Liam Brady.  

Among the other individuals looking to shine will be Rio Olympians Paul Pollock (Annadale Striders) and Kevin Seaward (St Malachy’s) along with Shane Quinn (Ferrybank) who has returned specifically for this race and a tilt at European selection.

The deep field also includes national 5,000m champion Conor Duffy (Glaslough Harriers), Ryan Creech (Leevale), John Travers (Donore Harriers), Sean Hehir (Rathfarnham), Mark Hanrahan (Leevale) and Jake O’Regan (St John's) who could be a surprise package.


Under 23 men

Kevin Kelly (St Coca’s), Karl Fitzmaurice (Ennis Track), Michael McCabe (Raheny Shamrock) and Michael Carey (Clonmel) will be some of the contenders for the men’s U23 crown.

Jack O’Leary (Mullingar Harriers) returns from Iona College to try and stamp his authority in the junior men’s race with the absence of Kevin Mulcaire (Ennis Track) and Pierre Murchan (DCH). Cathal Doyle (Clonliffe Harriers), James Edgar (City of Lisburn), Peter Lynch (Kilkenny City Harriers), Craig McMeechan (North Down), Darragh McElhinney (Bantry), Charlie O’Donovan (Leevale), Paul O’Donnell (DSD) and Barry Keane (Waterford)  are among the long list.


Mageean Looking to Continue Fine 2016 Form

Ciara Mageean (UCD) has had a fine 2016 winning bronze in the 1500m at the European Athletics Championships and running a swift 4:01 after the Rio Olympics in Paris. Mageean missed out in Santry last year but with another winter behind her, and cuter tactics, she will be a force to be reckoned with on Sunday over 8km.

She used her racing savvy at the Dublin championships sitting on Caroline Crowley’s (Crusaders) shoulder before surging over the last 600-800m.

Crowley was second Irish woman at the Autumn Open and there is another stellar cast of women set for the starting line with Rio Olympians Michelle Finn (Leevale) Kerry O’Flaherty (Newcastle), Breege Connolly (North Belfast Harriers) all on the entry list.

The depth is highlighted with Annmarie McGlynn, Caitriona Jennings (both Letterkenny) , Sarah McCormack (Clonliffe Harriers), Siobhan O’Doherty (Borrisokane) and Una Britton (Kilcoole) also listed.

Leevale will be keen to retain their title but Dundrum South Dublin have a strong team with Laura Shaugnessy, Maria McCambridge, Meghan Ryan, Sarah Fitzpatrick, Sarah Mulligan and Niamh Devlin. Letterkenny should also mount a strong challenge.

Heaslip and O'Donoghue head U23 women

Shona Heaslip (An Riocht) and Amy O’Donoghue (Emerald) are two of the leading U23 athletes looking to mix it.


DSD U18 and Junior Production Line Continues

DSD’s production line shows no signs of abating in the junior and u18s with Eimear Fitzpatrick, Sophie Murphy, Niamh Carey, Jodie McCann and Abby Taylor to name but a few of their strong stable. Blackrock’s Amy Rose Farrell (Blackrock) will be looking to feature in the junior and U18 race which will be mixed together as will Lauren Dermody (Castlecomber), Carla Sweeney (WSAF), Emma O’Brien (Sli Cualann) and Clare Rafter (Tullamore Harriers)


Let the Juveniles Shine

There will be a wealth of energy and talent on show in the U12, 14 and 16 age groups where some have already made their mark in school competition. Rather than identify individuals and put pressure on them we will report on all of their performances on Sunday evening.

It is a great achievement for them to make it to the All Ireland’s and run on the purpose built cross country course where hopefully they will stay on and watch the older athletes – opening their eyes to the broader horizon that awaits them.

It promises to be a fun-filled and action-packed day where club colours will be out in force. Abbotstown awaits.   


European Cross-Country Selection Policy

European Cross-Country Selection Policy


Junior Criteria

3.7 The first three(3) finishing athletes (male/female) at the Inter‐Clubs will gain automatic selection.


Under 23 Criteria

3.8 The first two(2) finishing athletes (male/female) at the Inter‐Clubs will gain automatic selection.


Senior Criteria

3.9 The first three(3) finishing athletes (male/female) at the Inter‐Clubs will gain automatic selection


National Inter-Counties Inter-Club and Juvenile Even-Age Cross-Country Championships Timetable 2016

GIRLS Under-12 2,000m 11:30
BOYS Under-12 2,000m 11:43
GIRLS Under-14 3,000m 11:55
BOYS Under-14 3,000m 12:10
GIRLS Under-16 4,000m 12:25
BOYS Under-16 4,000m 12:43
GIRLS Under-18 & JUNIOR WOMEN 4,000m 13:00
BOYS Under-18 & JUNIOR MEN 6,000m 13:20
SENIOR & Under-23 WOMEN 8,000m 13:45
SENIOR & Under-23 MEN 10,000m 14:25

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