NI & Ulster Team Announced for the 2022 World Athletics Northern Ireland International Cross-Country

14 December 2021

NI & Ulster Team Announced for the 2022 World Athletics Northern Ireland International Cross-Country

The Northern Ireland and Ulster Teams for the World Athletics Northern Ireland International Cross Country 2022 has been announced.

Many congratulations to the 32 athletes who have been selected to represent Northern Ireland and Ulster in the 2022 World Athletics Northern Ireland International Cross-Country, which will incorporate the Home Countries; Celtic International and the British Cross Challenge as well as being part of the World Athletics Cross Country Tour; at the Billy Neill MBE Country Park on 22nd January 2022.


Senior Men

Senior Women

Finn McNally

North Belfast Harriers


Nakita Burke

Letterkenny AC


Adam Kirk-Smith

Derry Track Club

Bashir Hussain

Fionnuala Ross

Armagh AC

Dermot Kerr

Eskander Turki

Annadale Striders

Michael McKnight

Catherina Mullen

Metro/ St Brigid’s AC


Conan McCaughey

North Belfast Harriers

Mark Kirk

Hannah Irwin

Cambridge & Coleridge AC

James Thie

U23 Men

U23 Women

Matthew Neill

Strive Racing Club

Bashir Hussain

Aoife McGreevy


Mark Kirk

 Gavin McCaffrey

North Belfast Harriers

 Jim McGuinness

Kate Gourley

City of Lisburn AC

Mark Kirk

Peter Gracey

Beechmount Harriers

Mark Kirk

Grace Carson

Mid Ulster AC

Bill Foster



Niamh Heaney

Omagh Harriers


U20 Men

U20 Women

Nick Griggs

Mid Ulster AC

Mark Kirk

Rebecca Rossiter

Loughview AC

Andrew Han

Matthew Lavery

North Belfast Harriers

Jim McGuinness

Roise Roberts

North Belfast Harriers

Jim McGuinness

Callum Morgan

St Malachy’s AC

Mark Kirk

Nuala Bose

Finn Valley Ac

John Rogan

Oisin Toye

Finn Valley AC

John Rogan

Cara Laverty

Finn Valley AC

Sean Laverty

U17 Boys

U17 Girls

Oisin McGloin

City of Lisburn AC

Ursula McGloin

Lucy Foster

Willowfield Harriers

Davy Foster

Mark Galvin

Letterkenny AC


Aisling Smith

Ballymena & Antrim Ac

Pauline Thom

Frank Buchanan

Enniskillen RC

Francis Shaw

Annabel Morrison

Enniskillen RC


Caolan McFadden

Cranford AC


Poppy Hastings

Mid Ulster AC

Barrie Holmes


The Senior Women’s team consists of Nakita Burke, Fionnuala Ross and Catherina Mullen who all put in excellent Top 20 performances at the recent Irish Senior Cross-Country Championships in Santry. Hannah Irwin will be making her NI & Ulster Cross-Country debut after strong performances on the British Cross Challenge including a 21st place finish at the British Trials.  She will hope to add to her 3rd place finish for NI & Ulster at this year’s Manchester International 5000m.

The Senior men’s team brings together Commonwealth Games Steeplechaser and winner of the Bobby Rea Cross-Country, Adam Kirk-Smith, with Finn McNally and Conan McCaughey. All three had strong finishes at the Irish Senior Cross-Country Championships. Joining them is Eskander Turki, who makes his NI & Ulster debut after a number of strong performances this season.

An array of talent has been selected across the underage categories from European medalists, to NI & Ulster and All-Ireland Age Group winners, all of whom will be looking forward to taking on teams from Ireland, Scotland, the Midlands and Wales in the International event.

Announcing the team, Athletics NI’s Performance Lead, Tom Reynolds, said: ‘’We’re delighted to name such strong teams which include European Cross-County representatives, in what will be a highly competitive cross-country event. This year’s selection was extremely tough with the standard of Cross Country Running in NI & Ulster being so high at the moment.  We are really looking forward to seeing our athletes get 2022 off to a great start with strong performances at a home International.”

 Find out more about the World Athletics Northern Ireland International Cross Country here