The Cross Country Season gets underway with the Primary Schools Cross Country Championships in Thurles Crokes Complex on Wednesday 28th September at 11am. Like last year, a huge field of athletes is expected for this year’s competition & we hope it will produce some more budding Cross Country stars of the future. There are 20 races in total on the day in 5 different School categories ranging from Major Schools to Extra Small Schools. 3rd & 4th Class Girls & Boys will run 800m while 5th & 6th Class Girls & Boys will race over a 1000m course. It’s a very enjoyable experience & we would ask as many parents as possible to attend to support their children on the day. For further information & programme of events, log onto www.tipperaryathletics.com.
All fixture dates for Cross Country are set out further in this paragraph. Like last year, the distances for all County, Munster & National races (no national races for U/9 & U/10) are:-
Under 9 750m 750m
Under 10 1000m 1000m
Under 11 1500m 1500m
Under 12 2000m 2000m
Under 13 2500m 2500m
Under 14 3000m 3000m
Under 15 3500m 3500m
Under 16 4000m 4000m
Under 17 5000m 4500m
Under 18 6000m 5000m
Under 19 7000m 5000m
If anyone is interested in reading up on the Tipperary Cross Country Bye-laws before the season starts, they can be found at www.tipperaryathletics.com & the AAI Competition Rulebook can be found at www.athleticsireland.ie.
Dates for your diaries for forthcoming County, Munster & National Fixtures are as follows:-
Saturday 24th September – All Ireland Schools Combined Events in Morton Stadium, Dublin.
Saturday 24th September – Munster Regional Squad Day (Cross Country) 11am to 2pm at Banna Strand, Co. Kerry.
Saturday 24th September – Hammer Coaching Workshop in Templemore from 11am to 4.30pm. See www.tipperaryathletics.com for more information.
Sunday 25th September – St. Senans A.C. Open Cross Country at 1pm in Kilmacow Sports Complex.
Wednesday 29th September – Tipperary Primary Schools Cross Country Championships in Thurles Crokes Complex at 11am.
Friday 30th September – McDonalds Little Athletics Tipperary Jamboree in Templemore Track at 6.30pm.
Sunday 2nd October – Tipperary Juvenile Even Age & Novice Cross Country Championships at 12 noon in the Middlepiece, Turnpike, Two Mile Borris.
Sunday 16th October – Tipperary Juvenile Uneven Age & Intermediate Cross Country Championships at 12 noon in Powerstown Racecourse, Clonmel.
Sunday 23rd October – Munster Juvenile Even Ages & Novice & U/23 Championships in Clare.
Sunday 6th November – Tipperary County Relays and Masters & U/23 Cross Country Championships at 12 noon in Thurles Crokes Complex.
Sunday 13th November - Munster Juvenile Uneven Age & Intermediate Cross Country Championships in Powerstown Racecourse, Clonmel.
Sunday 20th November – Munster Juvenile “B” & Masters Cross Country Championships in Limerick.
Sunday 27th November – Woodies DIY AAI Inter County & Juvenile Even Age Cross Country Championships in Sligo.
Sunday 4th December - Tipperary Juvenile “B” & Novice “B” Championships at 12 noon in Moyne (tbc).
Sunday 11th December – Woodies DIY AAI Novice & Juvenile Uneven Age Cross Country Championships (venue tbc).
Sunday 18th December – Tipperary Senior & Junior Cross Country Championships in Dundrum.
Sunday January 15th – Munster Juvenile Inter –County Relays & Senior/Junior Cross Country Championships in Kerry.