Cross Country Championship announcement


Together with the Juvenile and Competition Committees Athletics Ireland are pleased to announce the following dates for the 2020/2021 Cross Country season. Competitions will be subject to strict protocol and limited numbers will be competing as per Government Guidelines. Age groups will be based on 2020 ages and all athletes must be registered members with AAI for 2021.

As per government guidelines there will be a limit on the numbers permitted to participant. As a result, the following will apply.

National Senior Cross-Country Championships:

  • Qualifications:   First 3 Clubs from Regional Championships (Leinster (rest of Leinster clubs), Dublin (Dublin clubs), Connacht, Munster, Ulster/ANI (6 athletes per team, 4 to score)

Plus First 6 individuals from Regional Championships (excluding those already qualified on club teams)

Plus 2019 club and individual winners

Plus up to 23 places available to elite/HP/U23 athletes based on European Cross Championship participation over the last 3 years

If there are remaining places available, they will be allocated on the discretion of the National Endurance Coordinator.

National U19/U20 Championships

  • Qualification: Open entry but limited to athletes of that age group only i.e born 2001 or 2002

National Juvenile Individual and Inter-Provincial Championships

  • Qualification: First 15 individuals from each Province
  • Medals: First 12 individual finishers.

 First 8 Provincial finishers to score, 15 medals for Provincial team

  • No direct entry, all entries must come through the Provincial Secretary
  • Athletes may move up one age group

National Juvenile Inter-Club Championships

  • Age groups: U11, U13, U15, U17 and U19
  • Qualification: First 3 Club teams (from 2020 Provincial competition, substitutions may be made), Teams of 5. This may be increased to 4 teams if government restrictions allow.
  • Team Medals: 4 to score, 5 team medals, no individual medals
  • No direct entry, all entries must come through the Provincial Secretary
  • Athletes may move up one age group

All competition dates and conditions are subject to change in line with Government guidelines. Venues to be confirmed. The committees and AAI are also looking at hosting further competitions and will release dates in due course