Ulster competitors head for Waterford on Sunday for the Woodie’s All Ireland Uneven Age Group and Novice Cross Country Championships with high hopes of individual and team medals.
Ryan Sharkey, Conor Christie, Shane Magowan and Paddy Robb lead the challenge in the U19 Boys with Ryan expected to lead Lagan Valley to team success.
Yasmin Wilson was the easy winner of the Ulster U19 Girls title will go well although Sarah Fitzpatrick and the Dublin City Harriers team will start as red hot favourites.
Jonny Whan and Peter Gibbons the top two in Ulster head the U17’s while Clodagh O’Reilly will try to add the Girls title to her growing list. Aimee Hamill and Lisburn pair Zoe Carruthers and Madison Boywer will also be prominent.
Beechmount athlete Christy Conlon has already taken Ulster U15 and U16 crowns as well as the Irish U16 title and should complete a full set in the U15 Boys while Ballymena and Antrim pair Rachel Brown and Emma Hutchinson will feature in the U15 Girls along with Kate Gourley of Lisburn.
Siofra O’Flaherty of SLOT will take some stopping.
In the younger age groups Jack Gillespie and Aine Corcorcan U13 and Odhran O’Reilly and Chloe Coyle at U11 are the Ulster champions and must have chances.
Team wise, Lagan Valley, Omagh and St Malachy’s look strong at U19 and U17 as do Finn Valley, Annalee and Letterkenny in the Junior races.
Sean Tobin, ninth in the Euro Juniors, should take the Novice Men’s event in which Conan McGaughey of Enniskillen is the Ulster champion.
Danielle Fegan of Armagh is an interesting entry for the Women’s Novice and can dispute the victory with Kate Cronin and Michelle Magee. She was an impressive fourth in the Seeley Cup.
Ulster winner Sarah Lindsay leads a strong Foyle Valley team which can get on to the rostrum.