Sunday’s European Cross-country Championships is being hosted by Athletics Ireland/ Fingal-Dublin at Abbotstown. It promises to be one of the biggest and most exciting events on the Irish athletics calendar in recent years.
2021 has been a good year for Ireland on the European stage with a number of athletes coming good, especially in the junior/ underage categories.
Best of luck to the Irish team, particularly to the two representatives from Mayo clubs – Keelan Kilrehill Moy Valley AC and Thomas Devaney Castlebar AC – both in U23 team.
Kilrehill is from Dromore West and is coached by fellow Sligoman Emmet Dunleavy who finished 6th in the recent National Senior Cross Country Championships at Santry.
Sadly, the other two Connacht runners Thomas McStay GCH and Cian McPhillips Longford AC have dropped out ‘due to injury and medical grounds’ according to Athletics Ireland.
Readers may be interested to read Sonia O’Sullivan’s column in this week’s Irish Times where she previews the event. She is coaching Germany’s Konzstanse Klosterhalfen, one of the favourites in the women’s senior event.
The latest news on the event including television and steaming coverage: