Galway athletes Thomas McStay and Damien Landers have been rewarded with national selection following their recent performances at the National Cross Country in Dublin last week.
GCH Junior athlete Thomas McStay, who won bronze at the National Junior Men’s event, has been selected for the Irish Junior Men’s team for the upcoming European Cross Country championships in Lisbon, Portugal, which will be held December 8th next.
Damien Landers, currently competing for the Galway County Cross Country team, and also with Ennis Track, has also won Irish Senior team selection after finishing in the top six at the national cross country event.
National endurance co-ordinator, Matt Lockett of Galway City Harriers, will be in charge of some strong Irish squads with team medal potential.
Schools International Combined Events
Conor Hoade of Galway City Harriers and Ireland added an international gold to his existing 10 national medals from 2019 when helping the Irish Schools Combined Events team to a superb first place finish at the International Schools Combined Event in Glasgow's Emirates Arena on Saturday.
Hoade recorded personal bests and club records in four of his five events, running the 60m hurdles in 8.57 seconds; throwing the shot putt 10.84 metres, leaping a long jump of 6.28 metres, and clocking an 800m in 2:08.28. His 200m time of 23.80 was also exceptional.
The team was in second place behind Scotland and just ahead of England heading into the long jump, but superb six-metre plus performances by three of the Irish boys propelled the team into a lead which did not to relinquish in the final 800m event.
The Claregalway 5k Jingle Bells Fun Run and Walk takes place on Sunday at 11am and a juvenile (U11 and U14 ) one kilometre event will be run at midday.
Race entry is online on Active.com Entry fee of €10.
Late registration is in Coláiste Bhaile Chláir on Sunday between 9.30am and 10.45am. The race start and finish is near Claregalway Community Centre. Refreshments will be held afterwards in Coláiste Bhaile Chláir.
The race is raising funds for juveniles at Clare River Harriers Athletic Club and Claregalway Handball Club.