The County Novice B Cross Country Championships take place next Sunday at Two Mile Borris, starting at 1pm and both races will be competitive.
Eligibility for the Ladies 3K Championship race is as follows: Athletes must have competed in the County Novice Cross Country in Moyne this year. As the entry in Moyne was 43 athletes competing, the top 5 in the County Novice are ineligible and they are Carmel Fitzgibbon, Niamh Hennessy, Clare Devitt, Johanna Lacy and Sinead Oakes as well as Edel Leahy and Laura Burke who are previous winners of this title.
It will be interesting to see who has trained on since the County Novice in Moyne in early October. Selecting a winner is a hard task as there is very little between the main contenders, athletes like Emma Carey and Lyndsey Dooley of Thurles Crokes, Mairead Mulcahy and Martina Moloney of Moore Abbey Milers, Fiona Barlow of Clonmel, Frances Long and Brigid Gleeson of Moyne as well as Majella Moyles and Clare Deering of Nenagh Olympic.
In the team event, with 3 to score, it will a very close as every club will be depending on all their athletes coming out and competing as it may go down to the third scorer on each team to decide the medals. The defending Champions are Moore Abbey Milers and they will once again have a major say in the destination of the title provided they get all their athletes out to compete.
They will face tough competition from Moyne, Thurles Crokes, Clonmel, Nenagh Olympic and Fethard as they are all in with a chance on getting among the medals provided all their athletes come out and compete.
In the Men’s 6K race it is also 3 to score. Here the eligibility is that all athletes must have competed in this year’s County Novice Cross Country, with the top 8 as well as previous winners not eligible.
That rules out Stuart Moloney, David Mansfield, Andrew Smyth, Patrick Roche, Paudie O’Keeffe, Patrick Hughes, Patrick Cummins and Fintan Rice as well as Ruaidhri Devitt and Owen Fanning who are previous winners.
Athletes who will have a major say in the destination of the title include Dermot Logue and Michael Carey of Coolquill, Sean Healy of Moycarkey Coolcroo, Jody Sweeney and Declan Leahy of Moyne, John Fitzgibbon and Liam Shanahan of Thurles Crokes as well as Michael Ferncombe and Colm Bradshaw of Dundrum.
The defending Champions of this Championship are Coolquill who will be going for three in a row and they have a good third man, Jack Alexander, to help them lift the title.