Junior athletes from all over the North will descend on Gransha Grounds in Derry tomorrow for the Northern Ireland and Ulster “Uneven Age Group’” Cross Country Championships.
The event will also include male and female ‘Novice’ races.
After an excellent day of racing at the “Even Age Group” Championships in Rostrevor, a lot is expected of this event – with so many top up and coming athletes expected to turn out, this should indeed prove to be the case.
City of Derry’s Aoife Laverty is expected to be among the frontrunners in the ladies’ race.
The race day programme will finish with the male and female “novice races – these are not open to all athletes as there are criteria which rule athletes out of competition which are –
an athlete is ineligible to compete in the ANI/UAC Novice Championships if he/she has been:
:: A medal winner at UAC Intermediate/ANI Junior or Senior cross county, Individual or team (club or county).
:: A medal winner at AAI Novice, Intermediate or Senior cross county, Individual or Team (club or county).
:: An individual gold medal winner or scoring member of the winning team in the UAC/ANI Novice.
:: An Individual medal winner AAI/ANI/UAC in any track (indoor or outdoor) or road championship event at 1500m and upwards in Senior competitions.
:: They must NOT have represented Ireland/Ulster/Northern Ireland at Senior International level.
:: Athletes must be aged 19 years or over on the 31st December in the year competition to be eligible to compete in the Novice Championships.
:: Status of an athlete will not be altered during a cross country season (September to April) other than in the case of an individual win.