UK Inter Counties Cross Country Selection 2019

Senior, Junior (U20) and Intermediate (U17)

NI & Ulster Teams: Up to 6 Men and 6 Women

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 six 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 Timeline

Expression of Interest

All athletes must fill in an Expression of Interest form which will be available on the Athletics NI Website from 4th December and must be completed by 4th January.

The date of the meeting will be the week beginning 21st January.

The race is on Saturday 9th March and will be at Prestwold Hall, Loughborough.

Selection Panel

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

  1. The Athletics NI Chairman or other board member if unavailable (Voting)
  2. The Director of Coaching and Athlete Development or another staff member if unavailable (voting)
  3. A representative of Ulster Athletics Council (voting)
  4. A representative of the Athletics NI Cross Country & Road Running Committee (voting)


The Athletics Northern Ireland Chairman may also (at his discretion) seek assistance (in a non-voting capacity) from anyone else he/she 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

The IAAF Northern Ireland International Cross Country to be held at the Billy Neill Centre of Excellence, Comber on 19th January 2019, will be used as the trial for this competition. Athletes who do not compete in this ‘trial’ may still be considered on all known form from the 2018 cross country season.

In addition, the following may be taken into consideration

  • Documented evidence that athletes are committed to their own development and have shown progression in the last two years
  • Adherence to the Code of Conduct and any outstanding disciplinary matters

The criteria above are not listed in any order of priority and those involved in selecting will exercise
discretion fairly and without bias in making selection decisions. In situations where all these factors
have been considered and it remains difficult to split athletes, then 5,000m and 10,000m times on the track and 5k, 10k and half marathon times on the road may also be considered.