The McCain Cardiff Cross Challenge will incorporate an U17/U20/U23 Celtic International for 2013 on the 20th of January. Athletics Ireland will be sending a strong U17 boys and girls team to Cardiff to battle it out against the Scotland, Wales and Ulster teams. The team have all shown impressive form this cross country season snapping up the top spots at the Woodie’s DIY Juvenile Cross Country Championships in November to secure their place at the Celtic Cross Country International.
St Laurence O’Toole’s Siofra O’Flaherty showed excellent form while winning the Girls U-15 and U-16 races at the Woodie’s DIY Juvenile Cross Country Championships. Aoife Hamilton (West Waterford AC) also turned out great performances to double up and finish third in the U15 and U16 events, as did DSD’s Eimear Fitzpatrick who finished 5th in both races. Swinford AC’s Aoife Mulroy sealed her position on the team when securing the 4th place spot in the U16s race at the Woodie’s DIY Juvenile Cross Country Championships in Tattersalls.
The boys U17 team will be spear headed by Celtic DCH’s Pierre Murchan who stormed to an impressive victory at the recent All Ireland Cross Country Championships and will be looking to replicate such form at International level. Munster athletes make up the remainder of the Boys U17 contingent with Leevale AC’s Luke Horgan in line to battle it out at the Celtic International after coming 3rd in the U16’s race at Nationals. Munster team mates Kevin Mulcaire from Ennis Track AC and Youghal AC’s Fearghal Curtin will also be aiming for top positions at the International after placing fourth and fifth respectively in the U16 race at Nationals with Mulcaire also impressively securing the 2nd place spot in the U17 race and Curtin also taking home the under 15 title.
Under 17 Team Girls
Siofra O’Flaherty St Laurence O’Toole AC
Aoife Hamilton West Waterford AC
Eimear Fitzpatrick Dundrum South Dublin AC
Aoife Mulroy Swinford AC
Under 17 Team Boys
Pierre Murchan Celtic DCH AC
Luke Horgan Leevale AC
Kevin Mulcaire Ennis Track AC
Fearghal Curtin Youghal AC
Managers : John McGrath and Evelyn O’Reilly
Timetable can be found here