Britton leads Irish Team

December 7, 2011

Fionnuala Britton (Kilcoole AC) has been named in the Irish Team for the 18th SPAR European Cross Country Championships which takes place in Velenje, Slovenia on 11th of December. A European U23 Cross Country silver medallist in 2006, the 27-year-old athlete will be hoping to build on her 2010 achievements in Slovenia when she came fourth. The Wicklow athlete’s preparation for these championships has gone exceptional well, she was the first European across the line when finishing 6th in the very competitive VIII Cross de Atapuerca in Burgos, Spain earlier in the month.  At the weekend she finished third behind Tadese and Belete of Ethiopian in the Cross de Lacier, Cross Country race in France and she got the better of Uslu Binnaz of Turkey who denied her the bronze medal last year. Also joining Britton on the women’s team is Claire Gibbons-McCarthy (Leevale AC), Aoife Culhane nee Byrne (DSD AC), Kerry Harty (New Castle AC) and Eilish Kelly (Raheny AC). 



Siofra Cleirigh Buttner (DSD AC) has been named in the Junior Women’s team. The European Youth Olympic medallist won the national cross country in fine style at the weekend. This will be her first year to compete as a Junior and these championships will serve as an excellent experience building opportunity for the talented athlete. Her club-mate Claire McCarty has also been rewarded with a place on the team after her second place finishing at the national championships. Kate Veale (West Waterford AC), World Youths Walks Champion has also been named in the team. The 17-year-old from Dungarvan showed her versatility when finishing third at the championships. They will be joined by Mary Mulhare (North Loais AC) and Mary Ann O’Sullivan (Tinryland AC). Ciara Mageean (City of Lusburn) will not compete due to a slight foot injury.



Senior Women

Fionnuala Britton (Kilcoole AC)

Claire Gibbons-McCarthy (Leevale AC)

Aoife Culhane nee Byrne(DSD AC)

Kerry Harty (New Castle AC)

Eilish Kelly (Raheny AC) 

Senior Men

Joe Sweeney (Dundrum South Dublin AC)

Andrew Ledwith (Fr. Murphy’s)

Paul Pollock (Abbey AC)

Mark Hanrahan (Leevale AC)

Gary Thornton (Galway City Harriers)

U23 Women

Sarah Louise Treacy (Moynalvey AC)

Una Britton (Kilcoole AC)

U23 Men

Michael Mulhare (North Loais AC)

Emmet Jennings (DSD)

David Flynn (Clonliffe Harriers AC)

Liam Tremble (MSB AC)

David Fitzmaurice (Clonliffe AC)

Junior Women

Siofra Cleirigh Buttner (DSD AC)

Claire McCarty (DSD AC)

Kate Veale (West Waterford AC)

Mary Mulhare (North Loais AC)

Mary Ann O’Sullivan (Tinryland AC)

Junior Men

Jake Byrne (Mullingar AC)

Kevin Dooney (Raheny AC)

Liam Brady (Tullamore AC)

Sean Tobin (Clonmel AC)

Ruairi Finnegan (Letterkenny AC)

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