NI and ULSTER SQUAD SET FOR HOME COUNTRIES INTERNATIONAL XC
23 March 2017
Current Senior Cross Country Champions Aaron Doherty (City of Derry AC) and Jessica Craig (North Down AC) will lead a strong Northern Ireland & Ulster team at this weekend’s Home Countries International XC in Port Talbot, Wales (Saturday 25th March 2017).
The 13 strong Athletics NI squad will face tough opposition from England, Scotland and Wales at the Welsh Athletics organised event, which also includes the SIAB International XC.
Spartan athlete Aaron will be joined on the senior men’s team by NI & Ulster Senior XC medallist Mark McKinstry (North Belfast Harriers) and in-form Newcastle AC man David O’Flaherty. Meanwhile, Jessica Craig will hope to continue what has been an excellent cross country campaign as she lines up alongside fellow North Down AC lady Rachel Gibson in the senior ladies team - Willowfield Harriers’ NI & Ulster Masters XC Champion Amy Bulman and Armagh AC’s Fionnuala Ross add further class to the team.
Reigning National Uneven Age Group XC Champion Toni Moore (Omagh Harriers) heads an impressive Under 20 ladies team, which includes up and coming athletes Laura Gardiner (East Down AC), Rebekah Nixon (Dromore AC) and Rioghnach Catney (North Down AC). Craig McMeechan (North Down AC) and Tom Baird (City of Lisburn AC) will line up in the men’s Under 20 event.
Senior Men: Aaron Doherty (City of Derry AC), Mark McKinstry (North Belfast Harriers) and David O’Flaherty (Newcastle AC).
Senior Ladies: Jessica Craig (North Down AC), Rachel Gibson (North Down AC), Amy Bulman (Willowfield Harriers) and Fionnuala Ross (Armagh AC).
Under 20 Men: Craig McMeechan (North Down AC) and Tom Baird (City of Lisburn AC).
Under 20 Ladies: Toni Moore (Omagh Harriers), Laura Gardiner (East Down AC), Rebekah Nixon (Dromore AC) and Rioghnach Catney (North Down AC).
Team Managers: Francis Marsh, Paula Wallace and Michael Dyer.
Irish Life AAI National Juvenile Uneven Age Group Indoor Track & Field Championships:
Elsewhere this weekend (Saturday 25th and Sunday 26th March 2017), a large number of junior athletes from across the province will travel south to the AIT Arena in Athlone (Ireland) for the Irish Life AAI National Juvenile Uneven Age Group Indoor Track & Field Championships.
Lauren Roy (City of Lisburn AC), Peter Wright (Ballymena & Antrim AC), Davicia Patterson (Beechmount Harriers), Tony Craig (Lagan Valley AC), Cormac Crotty (Annalee AC), Amy Jo Kierans (Oriel AC) and Alan McGinley (Lifford-Strabane AC) will be amongst those hoping to impress on the national stage.
A live stream will be available from the AIT Arena on Day 2 (Sunday 26th March 2017) of the event, please follow this link: www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hw5Iu2m24cM