All You Need to Know Ahead of the European Cross Country Championships

All You Need to Know Ahead of the European Cross Country Championships All You Need to Know Ahead of the European Cross Country Championships
Grace Fisher

An exciting Irish team of 40 athletes, made up of equal numbers of men and women, will take to Turin this weekend for the 28th edition of the SPAR European Cross Country Championships, at La Mandria Park on December 11th 2022.

The Irish athletes will join over 550 competitors from 40 countries who are set to battle it out for European cross country honours at Piemonte 2022.

Despite Ciara Mageean's late withdrawal from the senior women's team due to illness, hopes are high that the group will improve on last year's fourth-place finish. Eilish Flanagan was called on to replace Mageean; she now joins sister Roisin, Michelle Finn, Ann Marie McGlynn, Mary Mulhare, and Aoibhe Richardson.

The quality of athlete on show at Piemonte 2022 will make the race for this year’s team and individual medals as competitive as ever come Sunday morning. Final Entries can be found HERE.


Irish Women's and Mixed Races (Times listed in Irish time):

Sunday December 11th

  • 09:03 am       U20 Women Race (4000m)
  • 09:30 am       Mixed Relay (4 x 1500m)
  • 11:03 am       U23 Women Race (6000m)
  • 11:33 am       Senior Women Race (8000m)

The SPAR European Cross Country Championships is one of the main seasonal appointments of the European Athletics calendar. This is the fourth time the event is hosted by Italy, after the editions in Ferrara in 1998, San Giorgio su Legnano in 2006 and Chia in 2016.


Where to watch

The European Athletics Cross Country Championships will be broadcast live on RTE2 (Senior Races) and on the RTE Player. Action will also be streamed live on the European Athletics YouTube Channel.

Team Ireland:

Event Name Club Coach
Senior Women Eilish Flanagan Finn Valley AC Damon Martin
Senior Women Michelle Finn Lee Valley AC Feidlhim Kelly
Senior Women Ann Marie McGlynn Letterkenny AC Emmett Dunleavy
Senior Women Mary Mulhare Port Laois AC Michael Mulhare
Senior Women Aoibhe Richardson Kilkenny City Harriers Julia Lucas
Senior Women Roisin Flanagan Finn Valley AC Damon Martin
U23 Women Sarah Healy UCD AC Eoghan Marnell
U23 Women Danielle Donegan UCD AC Emmett Dunleavy
U23 Women Laura Mooney Tullamore Harriers Ray Treacy
U23 Women Aoife O'Cuill St. Coca's AC Joe Ryan
U23 Women Jodie McCann Dublin City Harriers Clark McCann
U23 Women Niamh O'Mahoney An Riocht AC Ray Treacy
U20 Women Anika Thompson Leevale AC Ken Nason &Shalane Flanagan
U20 Women Anna Gardiner East Down AC Peter Morgan
U20 Women Róise Roberts North Belfast Harriers Jim McGuinness & Joe Ryan
U20 Women Hannah Kehoe Kilkenny City Harriers Niamh Richardson
U20 Women Jane Buckley Leevale AC Ray Treacy
U20 Women Fiona Hawkins Dublin City Harriers Damon Martin
Mixed Relay Georgie Hartigan Dundrum South Dublin Bev Hartigan
Mixed Relay Nadia Power Dublin City Harriers Matt Yate

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