2023 UK Inter Counties Cross Country Championships NI & Ulster Team Selection Policy

The 2023 UK Inter Counties Cross Country Championships, supported by British Athletics, will be held in the Grounds of Prestwold Hall, Loughborough on Saturday 11th March 2023. An NI & Ulster senior team will be travelling to this event.

  • Senior Men and Women over 20 years as at Midnight 31st December 2023

A final long list will be sent to the organiser with no more than 15 in the senior categories. The final selections will take place after the NI & Ulster Senior XC Championships held in Billy Neill Playing Fields, Dundonald on the 26th February. Only athletes from the long list will be eligible for final selection with a maximum of 7 to run.

Age group athletes please note that this event is the same day as the Irish Schools XC Championships and the NI & Ulster Age Groups Indoor Championships so, there will be no junior teams selected.

NI & Ulster Teams: Up to 7 Men and 7 Women (Senior).

The aim of the selection for this competition is to provide a development opportunity for athletes on the Athletics NI Athlete Development Pathway at a level where they will be competitive. Although Athletics NI & Ulster may send as many as seven per event, athletes will only be selected if they have shown the potential to compete for top placings in the individual or team event. Athletics NI reserve the right to send incomplete teams to this competition.

Selection Panel

Selections will be made by the Athletics Northern Ireland & Ulster Athletics selection panel comprising

  1. Performance Lead/Endurance Coordinator
  2. The Cross Country and Road Running Chairman (Voting)
  3. A representative of Ulster Athletics Council (voting)
  4. Additional representatives of the Athletics NI Cross Country & Road Running Committee (voting)
  5. An Independent Coach (voting)

The Athletics Northern Ireland Chairman may also (at his discretion) seek assistance (in a non-voting capacity) from anyone else they feels may be of help.

Any voting member of the Selection Panel shall declare his or her conflict of interest in respect of any selection issue and shall not be entitled to vote on that issue.

Selection criteria


Selections for the final team will be made after the Northern Ireland & Ulster Senior Championships 2023 so, Top 3 finishers are automatically selected and remaining places will be made at the selector’s discretion. Performances from this race as well as current form in other races will be taken into consideration.