Irish athletics fans will head for Kilkenny this Sunday for what promises to be a superb weekend of athletics action as Ireland’s best cross-country athletes go in search of national glory and European selection at the 123.ie National Senior, Junior and Juvenile Even Age Cross Country Championships.

 

It will be the first time the senior cross country championships have been hosted in Gowran and those coveted podium places will be as sought-after as ever with the first three home in each of the senior, U23, and U20 races securing their place on the Irish team set to compete at the European Cross Country Championships in Brussels, Belgium on December 10th.



It looks ultra-competitive across the full schedule of competition and the 2023 edition of the 123.ie National Cross Country Championships could throw up some surprises with athletes in both the senior men’s and women’s races taking on the 9,000m distance.



Darragh McElhinney (UCD AC) returns to defend his title in a stacked looking senior men’s race (2.30pm) which includes recent Autumn Open champion Keelan Kilrehill (Moy Valley AC in Ballina) who will be one of McElhinney’s main challengers.

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