It was recently confirmed that big time athletics will return to County Louth this winter, as the Irish National Cross Country Championships for Juvenile and Novice athletes will be staged in the DkIT campus on Sunday, 11 December.
This major event will be organised by Athletics Louth, the county board, in conjunction with Athletics Ireland, the national governing body, and will be sponsored by Irish Life Health.
A very large crowd from right across the island of Ireland – including athletes, coaches, team managers, officials, committed supporters and more casual spectators – is expected to converge upon the Dundalk venue on the day. It is expected that several local athletes will be in action as they will be keen to maximise the undoubted benefits of having home advantage while competing on the national stage.
The enticing programme of races for the day is as follows:
11:30 a.m. U11 Girls (1500m);
11:40 a.m. U11 Boys (1500m);
11:50 a.m. U13 Girls (2500m);
12:05 p.m. U13 Boys (2500m);
12:20 p.m. U15 Girls (3500m);
12:40 p.m. U15 Boys (3500m);
1:00 p.m. U17 Girls (4000m);
1:25 p.m. U17 Boys (5000m);
2:00 p.m. U19 Girls (4000m);
2:20 p.m. U19 Boys (6000m);
2:40 p.m. Novice Women (4000m);
3:10 p.m. Novice Men (6000m).
Athletes in the U11 to U19 age groups qualify to compete through their provincial championships. There is also an option for U17 and U19 athletes, who have not qualified automatically through the provincial route, to request entry to the National Championships through their provincial secretary.
Eligible novice athletes should enter online on the Athletics Ireland website by the closing date of Friday, 2 December.