THE British and Irish Masters International Cross Country between England, Ireland, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland on November 10 will now have a new venue.
The committee of the Northern Ireland Masters Athletics Association were informed by the management of the Stormont Estate that the grounds were water logged and that it would not be possible to host the event.
The organisers then approached Queen’s University who granted permission for the competition to be held at the University Playing Fields, Upper Malone.
England tend to dominate the international but the home side will have high hopes of medals particularly in the M40 were the side is led by Stephen Duncan and Dave Morwood and also with Gladys Ganiel-O’Neill at F35.
Meanwhile, the Mayor of Newry City, Councillor John McArdle, launched the Northern Ireland and Ulster Even Age Group Cross Country Championships which will be held this Saturday in Kilbroney Park, Rostrevor.
The Mayor said: “There couldn’t be a nicer more beautiful place for people to come and take part in cross country than Kilbroney.”
The event promoted by Athletics Northern Ireland in association with Newry City Runners and Newry and Mourne District Council is expected to attract 800 plus runners in the ten juvenile races ranging from U10 to U18.
The age group races will be followed by the two senior Bobby Rea Memorial Races for men and women. The action will open at 11.30am with the U10 girls’ race.