Big Irish team selected for European Cross
Big Irish team selected for European Cross
A big Irish team of 39 athletes have been selected for the 25th edition of the SPAR European Cross Country Championships taking place in the Dutch city of Tilburg on December 9th.
Tilburg has already played host to the European Cross Country Championships back in 2005 but the venue will be different this time around. This year’s event will take place on a challenging course at the Beekse Bergen Safari Park, situated just to the south-east of Tilburg.
Ciara Mageean (UCD) and Kevin Dooney (Raheny Shamrock) will lead the senior teams having won respective titles at the Irish Life Health National Cross Country Championships at the Sport Ireland National Sports Campus. It will be the same venue for the European Cross Country Championships in 2020.
National U23 champion Brian Fay (Raheny Shamrock) and American-based Ryan Forsyth (Newcastle) will lead a strong U23 men’s team having finished 11th at the NCAA Cross Country Championships last week.
The U20 women’s team will also be in a strong position to challenge for medals led by Sarah Healy (Blackrock) who won double gold over 1500m and 3,000m at the European U18 Athletics Championships last summer. Also in the ranks in Sophie O’Sullivan (Ballymore Cobh) who won silver over 800m at that same event.
It is an exciting proposition to have such a large team announced with a view to Dublin 2020 and that this will provide the perfect platform for them to perform.
High Performance Director Paul McNamara said:
“We’re excited about this team’s prospects for Tilburg, both in terms of making an impact here and now, but also as it’s an important stepping stone on the road to Abbottstown 2020.
“This season has demonstrated improved depth and quality in the under age categories, and as a result we’ve selected both U23 teams for the first time since 2014. Both U20 teams look strong and can certainly build on their solid showing in Slovakia last year. Some of our leading senior women are unavailable but the selected team has a lot of experience and ability and will look to make an impact, while the senior men will look to build on a very positive result last year. The mixed relay is an exciting addition to the squad and should be capable of adding some value to Team Ireland’s prospects”
Event Name Club Coach
1 Men's Senior Kevin Dooney Raheny Shamrock AC Jerry Kiernan
2 Men's Senior Sean Tobin Clonmel AC Feidhlim Kelly
3 Men's Senior Kevin Maunsell Clonmel AC
4 Men's Senior Mick Clohisey Raheny Shamrock AC Dick Hooper
5 Men's Senior Stephen Scullion Clonliffe Harriers AC Stephen Haas
6 Men's Senior Kevin Batt DSD AC Nic Bideau
7 Women's Senior Ciara Mageean UCD AC Steve Vernon
8 Women's Senior Ann Marie McGlynn Letterkenny AC Colin Roberts
9 Women's Senior Fionnuala Ross Armagh AC Dermot Kerr
10 Women's Senior Michelle Finn Leevale AC Donie Walsh
11 Women's Senior Sara Treacy Dundboyne AC Bud Baldaro
12 Women's Senior Kerry O'Flaherty Newcastle & District AC Richard Rodgers
13 Men's U23 Brian Fay Raheny Shamrock AC Feidhlim Kelly
14 Men's U23 Ryan Forsyth Newcastle and District AC Mark Wetmore
15 Men's U23 Paul O'Donnell DSD AC Donal Hennigan
16 Men's U23 Cathal Doyle Clonliffe Harriers AC Peter McDermott
17 Men's U23 Garry Campbell Dunleer AC Feidhlim Kelly
18 Men's U23 Jack O'Leary Mullingar Harriers AC Joe Pienta
19 Women's U23 Fian Sweeney Dublin City Harriers AC
20 Women's U23 Eilish Flanagan Carmen runners Damon Martin
21 Women's U23 Aoibhe Richardson Kilkenny City Harriers AC Noel and Niamh Richardson
22 Women's U23 Roisin Flanagan Carmen runners Damon Martin
23 Women's U23 Sorcha McAlister Westport AC Iain Morrison
24 Men's U20 Daragh McElhinney Bantry AC Steve Macklin
25 Men's U20 Sean O'Leary Clonliffe Harriers AC Joe Cooper/Peter McDermott
26 Men's U20 Jamie Battle Mullingar Harriers AC Joe Ryan
27 Men's U20 Fintan Stewart City of Derry AC Spartans Andrew Henderson
28 Men's U20 Daire Finn Dublin City Harriers AC Feidhlim Kelly
29 Men's U20 Micheál Power West Waterford AC David McCarthy
30 Women's U20 Sarah Healy Blackrock AC Eoghan Marnell
31 Women's U20 Emma O'Brien Inbhear Dee AC Noreen O'Reilly
32 Women's U20 Jodie McCann Dublin City Harriers AC Clark McCann
33 Women's U20 Laura Nicholson Bandon AC Steven Macklin
34 Women's U20 Stephanie Cotter West Muskerry AC Damon Martin
35 Women's U20 Sophie O'Sullivan Ballymore Cobh AC Tim O'Shaughnessy
36 Mixed Relay John Travers Donore Harriers AC Jerry Kiernan
37 Mixed Relay Paul Robinson St Coca's AC Nic Bideau
38 Mixed Relay Claire Tarplee St Coca's AC
39 Mixed Relay Siofra Cleirigh Buttner DSD AC Fionn Cléirigh Büttner