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Lee and Finn lead Cork athletes

Wednesday, 29th November, 2017 5:22pm

Eight Cork athletes have been selected for the 2017 European Cross Country Championships.
27 Irish athletes will travel in total to the championships which will be held in Samorin, Slovakia on 10 December. Included in the team are Olympians Lizzie Lee and Michelle Finn who will run in the senior category.

Laura Nicholson, Stephanie Cotter and Fiona Everard, all fall in to the Under 20 women's category, while for the Under 20 men, Charlie O'Donovan, Ferghal Curtin and Darragh McElhinney have all been selected.

Cork clubs Bandon AC, West Muskerry AC, Bantry AC, Youghal AC and Leevale AC are all represented by the eight athletes and the Cork athletes' coaches include Steve Macklin, Ronan Duggan, Ken Nason, Noel Curtain and Donie Walsh.

Meanwhile Fionnuala McCormack will make a record-breaking 15th appearance at the championships; the Kilcoole athlete is a two-time European Cross Country champion and will lead the Irish senior women's team while Annadale Striders' Paul Pollock, who won the 10,000m Irish Life Health cross country title at the weekend, will lead the men's team.

High Performance Director Paul McNamara said: “The European Cross Country championships are of critical importance to Irish endurance running. We have an outstanding tradition at ‘Euro Cross’ and we are certainly looking to build on that in the 2017 edition of the event. Athletes have been selected based on their preparedness to compete with the best in Europe and this team travels intent on adding to recent successes.”

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