Local athletes in All-Ireland action this weekend

The Athletics Ireland All-Ireland Even-Age Group Cross Country Championships will be held in Rosapenna in north Donegal this coming Sunday, alongside the National Senior and U-20 Championships.

This is one of the landmark dates on the Irish athletics calendar and Roscommon Athletics will be well represented by some of the county’s finest young talent at the event, all of whom qualified via the corresponding Connacht Championships held in Drumshanbo on November 6th.

At the U-12 age grade, both Clodagh Conlon of Reeside AC and Sarah Kelly of Roscommon AC will pursue national honours in the girls event over 2000m, while Roscommon AC’s Samuel Godfrey will do likewise in the U-12 boys’ category, also over 2000m. At U-14 level Roscommon will be represented by a County U-14 Girls team which finished 3rd at the recent Connacht Championships and will include Beth O’Mahoney and Nicole Mulhern (both Suck Valley AC), and Saoirse McNamara, Niamh Burke, Roiri Gately and Etain Fallon (all Roscommon AC). At U-16 level Eamonn Coyle and Emmett Muldowney, both of Reeside AC, will mix it up with the country’s finest.

Up to 160 individual athletes are expected to compete in each category on this prestigious occasion. The event also serves as the trial for Irish teams for the upcoming European Cross Country Championships, where Ireland have had much success in recent years