Irish Team Announced for World Cross Country Tour in Belgium

Irish Team Announced for World Cross Country Tour in Belgium Irish Team Announced for World Cross Country Tour in Belgium
Grace Fisher

The Belgian city of Hannut is gearing up for its World Athletics Cross Country Tour Gold meeting on Sunday January 22nd, where a strong Irish team of 24 athletes (13 male and 11 female) will take the opportunity to gain experience of Belgium cross country conditions ahead of next year’s European Cross Country Championships which take place in Brussels on December 10th 2023.

The Irish team will face strong European opposition this weekend, including an international team from England alongside a quality domestic field.


Ireland have enjoyed remarkable medal-winning-consistency at European Cross Country Championships in recent years, securing 12 medals over the last 3 editions, and are now looking to further build on those successes.

Speaking at the team announcement, Matt Lockett, Athletics Ireland National Endurance Coordinator, said: “We have had unprecedented Irish success over the past 3 editions of the European Cross Country Championships and we are eager to build on those performances. Providing an opportunity for athletes to extend their cross-country season beyond Christmas against high-class opposition will further aid development in advance of Brussels next December.”

The following athlete have been selected for the women's teams:

Athlete Club Coach Name Age Group
Anna Gardiner East Down AC Peter Morgan u20
Avril Millerick Youghal AC Noel Curtin u20
Claragh Keane DMP AC Bashir Hussain u20
Louise O'Mahony BMOH AC Donnacha O'Mahony u20
Róise Roberts North Belfast Harriers Jim McGuinness and Joe Ryan u20
Hannah Gilliland Annadale Striders Paul Lawther u23
Lucy Holmes West Waterford AC Ian O'Sullivan u23
Fiona Everard Bandon AC Matt Lockett Senior
Fiona McKenna UCD AC Emmett Dunleavy Senior
Fionnuala Ross Armagh AC Senior
Lauren Tinkler Dublin City Harriers Enda Fitzpatrick Senior


  • Matt Lockett (Performance lead/Team Support Coach)
  • Fintan Reilly  (Team manager/Team Support Coach)
  • Ciara McCallion (Physio)
  • Niamh O'Sulivan  (Team support coach)

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