ATHLETICS: Mick Clohissey gunning to retain title in Rostrevor

Maria McCambridge
Maria McCambridge

Defending champion Mick Clohissey from Raheny will start slight favourite to retain his title in the Glohealth Irish Interclub Cross Country Championships in Kilbroney Park, Rostrevor on Sunday.

Clohissey has been in good form on roads and country but will need to watch out for Clonliffe pair Mark Kenneally and Sergiu Ciobanu along with Brendan O’Neill of DSD.

Clonliffe and DSD should take the two top team places but North Belfast will aim to follow up on their medals in the Intermediate Championship and will be led by Alan O’Hara, Mark McKinstry, Eamon White, Neil Carty and Andrew Considine. Gary Murray may be top home-based individual.

Maria McCambridge, the winner of the Indoor 3,000, will attempt to complete a quick double as she leads a strong DSD side including Michelle Magee and Sarah Mulligan, who came second and sixth last year.

Defending champion Sarah McCormack and Clonliffe team-mate Barbara Sanchez will attempt to break the DSD stranglehold on the team trophy.

Ulster Schools champion Clodagh O’Reilly has the capability to take a medal in the Junior Women. She faces the leading finisher in the Euros, Hope Sanders. Kevin Mulcaire should win the Male Juniors.

The meeting opens at 12 noon with the Intercounty Junior Relays.

Meanwhile, the last round of the popular Run Forest Run 10K Series promoted by Born 2 Run will be held on Saturday in Castlewellan Forest Park with 600 competitors expected.

Stuart Paulin and Matthew Bell should lead the Men with Lagan Valley star Julie Murphy fancied to take the Ladies from Jade Hegarty, Helen Perry and Niamh O’Connell.

Also on Saturday, Sperrin Harriers are hosting the final race of their Winter Series over ten miles at Lough Fea.

Paul Barbour from Omagh should take the Men’s race from Martin Cox, Delfim Pimentel and Gavin Corey with Natalie Hall, Colette McCourt and Trish McClintock fancied in the Ladies.