Athletes head to Sligo for Schools Cross-country

There should be a strong Leitrim contingent taking part ion the Connacht AAI Primary Schools Cross Country Championships and Walks which take place on Saturday next at Hazelwood, Calry near Sligo.

There should be a strong Leitrim contingent taking part ion the Connacht AAI Primary Schools Cross Country Championships and Walks which take place on Saturday next at Hazelwood, Calry near Sligo.

Last year’s Championships were held at the NUIG venue in Galway City which was quite a journey for the Leitrim contingent. This year there is no such problem and with a number of the Leitrim representatives from North Leitrim schools the venue is quite convenient.

The competitions commence at 1 pm with the two Walks which will take place on a training track adjacent the dressing rooms and the cross country course.

Leitrim’s qualifiers in the Girls Walk are led by Sinead McNabola of St Manachan’s and Onesa Mimna of St Mary’s, Drumlea with the three qualifying teams from the County Championships in Leitrim a few weeks ago being St. Manchan’s, St Mary’s Drumlea and St Caillin’s Fenagh.

The Boys’ race was won by Thomas McNabola of St Manachan’s and the three qualifying teams were St Clare’s, Manorhamilton, St Manachan’s and St Caillin’s. Leitrim competitors have in the past done well in the Walks as some of the other counties have not been as well organised.

The Cross Country Races will follow the Walks. In the 3/4th Class event for girls Leitrim will be led by Ella McDaid of Drumlease and the qualifying teams are St Caillin’s, St Clare’s and Drumlea. The Boys’ event was won in Leitrim by Patrick Montgomery of St Clare’s and the teams qualified to represent Leitrim are St Caillin’s, St Manchan’s and Drumlease.

Alannah McGuinness and Jordan Reynolds of St Manchan’s were very impressive winners of the 5th/6th Class Girls and Boys’ Championships in Leitrim. The qualifying girls teams were St Manchan’s, St Caillin’s and Drumlease while in the Boys event the honours went to St Manchans, St Clare’s and St Caillin’s.

Other Leitrim schools to have one or more individual qualifier are Ardvarney, Largy and Ballinamore GNS. The events will commence at 1.00 sharp and competitors should be there well before that time in order to collect numbers. Entries are made through the County Secretary and entry fees paid by the County Board.