Wednesday, November 23, 2022

BORRIS athlete Hannah Kehoe has been named on an Irish squad stacked with Olympic and European championship experience which has been selected for the 28th edition of the SPAR European Cross Country Championships which takes place at La Mandria Park, on the outskirts of Turin, on 11 December 2022.

Hannah Kehoehas been named ont he Ireland U20 squad for the European Cross Country Championships
Photo: Sam Barnes/Sportsfile

Kehoe, who run for the Kilkenny City Harriers club, has won a multitude of underage national titles at a variety of middle distances.

The star of the squad is European silver-medallist Ciara Mageean (City of Lisburn AC), along with Olympians Michelle Finn (Leevale AC), Andrew Coscoran (Star of the Sea AC), Nadia Power (Dublin City Harriers) and Sunday’s National Senior Cross Country champion Sarah Healy (UCD AC).

Last year’s European cross country silver medallist (U23), Darragh McElhinney, will spearhead a strong looking U23 team following his superb performance at nationals at the weekend which saw the Cork athlete claim his first senior cross country title.

The Glengarrif star will line up alongside fellow European cross country medallist Efrem Gidey (U20 bronze in 2019), as well as Keelan Kilrehill (Moy Valley) and Jamie Battle (Mullingar Harriers) who were both part of last year’s U23 gold-medal-winning team at Fingal-Dublin 2021.

This year’s squad also includes two of last year’s U20 silver-medal-winning team members in Nick Griggs (Mid Ulster AC) and Dean Casey (Ennis Track) who will lead out yet another strong looking Irish U20 team.

The senior women’s team will see Ann Marie McGlynn (Letterkenny AC), Roisin Flanagan (Finn Valley AC), Mary Mulhare (Portlaoise AC), and Aoibhe Richardson (Kilkenny City Harriers) join Mageean and Finn in what looks a stacked senior race where Ireland will look to better last year’s agonising fourth place finish.

The senior men’s team also came close to medalling in 2021 (4 points off bronze) and they will look to the in-form Brian Fay (Raheny Shamrock) to provide yet another of his now trademark gritty displays in his bid for another European top-10 finish.

Hiko Tonosa Haso (Dundrum South Dublin) looked backed to his best at nationals on Sunday and the experienced duo can expect plenty of backup from the quality quartet of Peter Lynch (Kilkenny City Harriers), Pierre Murchan (Dublin City Harriers), Cormac Dalton (Mullingar Harriers), and Irish indoor 5,000m record holder Barry Keane (Waterford AC) who all look to be peaking at the right time.

Sunday’s national senior champions Sarah Healy (UCD AC) and Darragh McElhinney will lead the charge for the Irish U23 teams in Italy with the classy McElhinney sure to have eyes on the medals once again.

The men’s U23 race looks to have plenty of depth throughout however, so it will have to be another career best from the UCD athlete to get among the podium places. A strong team showing can be expected and McElhinney is sure to have Gidey and Kilrehill for company as the race hots up.

Irish fans can expect to see Jamie Battle (Mullingar Harriers), Thomas McStay (Galway City Harriers), and Shay McEvoy (Kilkenny City Harriers) all staying on at the finish as they look to eke out every last position.

The women’s U23 won’t be found lacking for championships experience with Danielle Donegan (UCD AC), Laura Mooney (Tullamore Harriers), Aoife Ó’Cuill (St Coca’s AC), and Jodie McCann (Dublin City Harriers) sure to work together in a bid to back up an attempt from Sarah Healy to better her excellent fifth place finish from Final-Dublin last December. Niamh O’Mahoney (An Ríocht AC) makes her championship debut following an excellent 2022 season.

The men’s U20 team looks particularly strong and recent rivals Griggs and Casey are sure to go with the leading pack from the gun. Jonas Stafford (Ashford AC) looked in the form of his life in taking the bronze medal in the U20 race in Rosapenna at the weekend, while Sean McGinley (Finn Valley), Callum Morgan (St. Malachy’s AC), and Mark Hanrahan (Ennis Track) should head into December 11th full of confidence given recent performances.

Anika Thompson (Leevale AC) made the long trip from Oregon to Donegal at the weekend all the more worthwhile in taking the U20 women’s title impressively. Thompson will head an exciting women’s U20 team with Roise Roberts (North Belfast Harriers) and Jane Buckley (Leevale AC) back for another bite at the European U20 race following encouraging performances at the grade last year.

Kehoe, along with Anna Gardiner (East Down AC) and Fiona Hawkins (Dublin City Harriers) complete another young and exciting team.

The mixed relay team will have no shortage of speed or experience with Olympians Andrew Coscoran (Star of the Sea) and Nadia Power (Dublin City Harriers) joining 1,000m record holders (indoor) Georgie Hartigan (Dundrum South Dublin) and Luke McCann (Dublin City Harriers) as they each look to master the 1500m lap.

Athletics Ireland, National Endurance Co-ordinator, Matt Lockett said: “We must acknowledge the outstanding work from athletes to put themselves in contention for selection for these championships. The depth in cross country running at present is fabulous to see, and is a testament to the work of coaches and athletes. We enjoyed a superb home European cross country championships in Dublin last December and we are in no doubt those who have been selected are primed to take on the best in Europe on 11 December once again.”

The SPAR European Cross Country Championships is one of the main seasonal appointments of the European Athletics calendar and is hosted by Italy for the fourth time after the editions of Ferrara in 1998, San Giorgio su Legnano in 2006 and Chia in 2016. Piemonte 2022  follows the edition of Fingal-Dublin last December which saw Ireland claim 3 medals (2 team and 1 individual), topped off with team gold in the men’s Under-23 race.




Event Name Club Coach
Senior Men Hiko Tonosa Haso Dundrum South Dublin Feidhlim Kelly
Senior Men Peter Lynch Kilkenny City Harriers Taylor Gulley
Senior Men Pierre Murchan Dublin City Harriers Mary McKenna
Senior Men Brian Fay Raheny Shamrocks Andy Powell
Senior Men Cormac Dalton Mullingar Harriers Taylor Gulley
Senior Men Barry Keane Waterford AC Matt Roe
Senior Women Ciara Mageean City of Lisburn Helen Clitheroe
Senior Women Michelle Finn Leevale AC Feidhlim Kelly
Senior Women Ann Marie McGlynn Letterkenny AC Emmett Dunleavy
Senior Women Mary Mulhare Portlaoise AC Michael Mulhare
Senior Women Aoibhe Richardson Kilkenny City Harriers Julia Lucas
Senior Women Roisin Flanagan Finn Valley AC Damon Martin
U23 Men Darragh McElhinney UCD AC Emmett Dunleavy
U23 Men Efrem Gidey Clonliffe Harriers Peter McDermott
U23 Men Keelan Kilrehill Sligo AC Emmett Dunleavy
U23 Men Jamie Battle Mullingar Harriers Joe Ryan
U23 Men Thomas McStay Galway City Harriers Matt lockett
U23 Men Shay McEvoy Kilkenny City Harriers Taylor Gulley
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 Ó’Cuill St Coca’s AC Joe Ryan
U23 Women Jodie McCann Dublin City Harriers Clark McCann
U23 Women Niamh O’Mahoney An Ríocht AC Ray Treacy
U20 Men Nicholas Griggs Mid Ulster AC Mark Kirk
U20 Men Dean Casey Ennis Track AC Pat Hogan
U20 Men Jonas Stafford Ashford AC Feidhlim Kelly
U20 Men Mark Hanrahan Ennis Track AC Pat Hogan
U20 Men Callum Morgan St. Malachy’s AC Mark Kirk
U20 Men Sean McGinley Finn Valley AC John Rogan
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 Andrew Coscoran Star of the Sea AC Feidhlim Kelly
Mixed Relay Luke McCann Dublin City Harriers Thomas Dreißigacker & Clark McCann
Mixed Relay Georgie Hartigan Dundrum South Dublin Bev Hartigan
Mixed Relay Nadia Power Dublin City Harriers Matt Yates


Athletics Ireland would like to congratulate all of our athletes and their coaches who have been selected for the SPAR European Cross Country Championships on 11 December. We are very proud of you all and look forward to cheering you on as you represent us once more.

We must also acknowledge the great work and effort our members, coaches, volunteers, and the wider athletics community has put in to support our athletes in attaining selection for these championships. We all look forward to roaring on #TeamGreen as the first races commence on 11 December.

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