The XC League Continues with The Mathieson Cup & Shield

11 January 2019

The XC League Continues with The Mathieson Cup & Shield

The Athletics NI Cross Country League continues on Sunday 13th January 2019 with The Mathieson Cup & Shield held at the City of Belfast Playing Fields in Mallusk.

The Mallusk Harriers organised event is set to attract a large number of competitors with a range of age group races including the Senior Men’s 8k Cup race and the Senior Women’s 6k Shield. The provisional timetable is as follows:


Age Group



Primary School Boys & Girls



The Mathieson Shield Senior Ladies & Vet Men


12 noon

U12 Boys & Girls



U14 Boys & Girls



U17 Boys & Girls



The Mathieson Cup Senior Men


Last year’s winner Mark McKinstry (North Belfast Harriers) will be competing to retain his title alongside his North Belfast teammate and last year’s 3rd place winner, John Black. The two will also be hoping to grab some much needed points for North Belfast Harriers in the Men’s League tables, as they currently sit in 3rd place behind North Down AC and Willowfield Harriers. All three teams look set to grab points and with only 3 more races left in the league calendar, every point counts.

The organising team, Mallusk Harriers, will be out in force across all events. The home team won the Men’s overall team prize last year, followed by North Belfast Harriers and Jog Lisburn Running Club, while the Ladies team came in 2nd place just behind Albertville Harriers, with Jog Lisburn RC in 3rd place.

In the Ladies’ League tables North Down AC will be looking to extend their already impressive lead. They are currently followed by Ballydrain Harriers and Acorns AC. All three teams have a strong contingent travelling to the Mallusk Playing Fields which is sure to make for an interesting event.

For more information on the XC League and to see the current Team results, see here.