NI & Ulster Championship Update

15 January 2021

NI & Ulster Championship Update

Due to the ongoing Covid-19 restrictions, Athletics NI, the Ulster Athletics Council and the Athletics NI Committees have unfortunately had to cancel the following NI & Ulster Championship competitions:

  • NI & Ulster Age Group Indoor Championships
  • NI & Ulster Even Age Group Cross Country Championships
  • NI & Ulster Uneven Age Group & Novice Cross Country Championships

We appreciate that this will be disappointing for our clubs, athletes and coaches, however it was felt that given the continued restrictions on the size of gatherings and events and the limited venues, Athletics NI and the Ulster Athletics Council would not be able to host these Championships events, which are normally very well attended by athletes from across all 9 Ulster counties.

As athletes and their coaches face another extended period of limited or no facility access for training throughout both Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland, and with currently no group training allowed, the Committees considered the ability for athletes to prepare for Championship-level competitions and the safety of athletes in doing so.

We appreciate the ongoing support of the athletics community in Northern Ireland during these difficult times and we look forward to offering a number of competition opportunities when restrictions allow. The safety of our athletes, coaches, officials, staff and volunteers is vitally important, especially during the current situation.

Athletics NI have provisional dates for the following competitions (subject to change):

  • NI & Ulster Intermediate & Masters Cross Country Championships- 7th March*
  • NI & Ulster Senior Cross Country Championships- 20th March*

We hope to be able to host these competitions on the dates given above, however, this will be subject to restrictions and various protocols will be put in place for the event management of both. More details will be available on the Fixtures section of the website for the above competitions.

For all those clubs, athletes or coaches who had already entered either the Even Age Group Cross Country, or the Uneven Age Group and Novice Cross Country, refunds will be processed in due course. Due to the large number of entries in these events, we would ask for your patience during this process.