International Stars to Compete at the Bobby Rea XC

31 October 2019

International Stars to Compete at the Bobby Rea XC

The historical Bobby Rea Memorial Cross Country will this year incorporate the Northern Ireland International Cross Country, attracting athletes from the UK, Ireland and across Europe to the Lisburn & Castlereagh Council owned Billy Neill MBE Country Park on Saturday 9th November 2019.

The event is part of the Athletics NI XC League, so numbers are expected to be high, with local athletes competing to gain points for their club, as well as the newly introduced, International contingent.


Among those confirmed so far are Ireland’s Sergiu Ciobanu, who finished in 8th place (2:17.17) in the recent Dublin Marathon and Clonmel AC’s Kevin Maunsell. They will be joined by Irish Olympic Steeplechaser, Michelle Finn and Dublin City Harriers’ Jodie McCann.


GB’s female duo of Iona Lake and Mhairi McLennan, both of whom have previously competed at the Armagh International Road Races will be competing alongside European U23 10,000m Bronze Medallist, Emile Cairess.


From further afield will be Germany’s Thilo Brill and Poland's Anna Gosk, Adam Nowicki and Klaudia Kaziemierska, who will be joined by the large contingent from Wales made up of: Michael Ward, Ciaran Lewis, James Hunt and Ieuan Thomas. For the Ladies race, Wales will also have a team of: Clara Evans, Jade Williams, Olivia Gwynn, Lucy Marland and Laura Wright.

They will be joined by the NI & Ulster team, which you can see here:

The day’s events will also include the NI & Ulster Uneven Age Group Championships, with junior athletes from across the province competing to qualify through to the All-Ireland Uneven Age Group Championships on 15th December 2019.

Entries are now closed for the Uneven Age Groups, however, entries will be available on the day for the Bobby Rea XC from 1pm at Registration.

More information on the Bobby Rea International XC and the NI & Ulster Uneven Age Groups can be found here:

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