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Club training for members interested in taking part in upcoming cross-country competition begins on Sunday 10 September at 12 noon. The meeting point will be the Athletics Centre with training held on the grounds of St. Mel’s College.

Schools Cross Country

The Co. Longford Schools Cross Country will take place at Moyne Community School on Sunday, 1 October. On the day there will be races for both Primary and Secondary School students. Primary school races:

3rd/4th class girls: 1000m
3rd/4th class boys: 1000m
5th/6th class girls: 1200m
5th/6th class boys: 1200m

Clubs Cross Country

Provincial Club cross-country races will be on:

Sunday, 22 October – Connacht Even Ages (U12/U14/U16/U18), Westport
Sunday, 5 November – Connacht Uneven Ages (U11/U13/U15/U17/U19), Sligo

Below is the breakdown of age categories and the distances ran in each.

The ‘one year up’ entry policy applies meaning a child can run on both days if they are interested. For example, a child in the U12 age category can also run in U13. The U11 category is open to U10’s (children born in 2014). This is the youngest age group permitted in 2023 events.

Juvenile Age Categories / Distances – 2023

The wearing of spikes is recommended, although not essential, for children interested in cross-country races. Spikes can be purchased online with no major difference among the usual brands.

Some shops, such as the Sports Outlet in Mullingar, will likely have them in stock. They should come with 9mm spike pins/studs which is the preferred length for cross country.

Juvenile and Little Athletics – indoors

Weekly indoor athletics at the Athletics Centre resumes at the end of September. Details will be communicated to parents in advance.
Following a review of group sizes based on numbers attending and coaches’ availability, club membership for new members is closed for the remainder of 2023. There is no waitlist in effect.

Children, already registered in 2023, are allocated a place at athletics for when it resumes as club membership is by calendar year.