The Connaught Cross Country Championships (under 11, 13, 15, 17, 19, Seniors, Master’s) will take place in Belleek, Ballina on the 10th of November with the first race to start at 12:00. The finest cross country runners from the Western region encompassing the counties of Mayo, Galway, Sligo, Leitrim, Roscommon and Longford will descend on the beautiful North Mayo town to take on the beautiful but challenging parkland course.
Moy Valley Athletic Club, in consultation with Ballina Municipal District, are encouraging all who will travel to the event to use the Council owned parking facilities in Ballina (especially at (1) the Market Square; (2) adjacent to Dunne’s Stores and LIDL; and (3) Bachelor’s Walk) and then make the relatively short walk to Belleek. The cross country course is best accessed via the historic Belleek Gatehouse (https://goo.gl/maps/soKb35e4vSN2 ). There will be both Garda and club stewards in the area to minimise traffic delays so please observe their directions.
The race Headquarters will be Ballina Town Football Club (https://goo.gl/maps/FwAMjpvH7hm) but please note that race numbers will be given out in a designated tent on the cross country course itself until 11:30 am.
The course will be laid out in two laps as detailed below. The small lap is 400m long and the blue lap is almost 1000m long with a run to the finish line of almost 100m, Where the 400m lap is required, athletes will run the shorter lap first. Therefore, the race distances will be covered as follows:
1500m = 1 small loop; 1 large loop
2500m = 1 small loop; 2 large loops
3500m = 1 small loop; 3 large loops
4000m = 4 large loops
5000m = 5 large loops
6000m = 6 large loops
8000m = 8 large loops