Big Numbers Set For Gransha

This Saturday’s annual N.W. Cross Country meeting in Gransha is set to attract a big entry across all races on the programme which caters for under-13’s, 15’s, 17’s and 20’s plus seniors and masters.

The Open 6 kms for the under-20’s, seniors and masters has been kindly sponsored by Eamonn Gee of the Foyle Valley Wine Club and will offer a generous an extesive prize list across all the usual categories,including male and female team races - six to score (men) and four to score (women).

It is also a scoring race in both the N. Ireland Masters and Athletics N. Ireland Winter Leagues and this will ensure additional interest from way beyond the usual north-west entry base.

The Open Race has a 12.20 p.m. start time and will be preceeded by the underage races, starting at 11.30 a.m. with the Under-13 1.1 km event. This will be followed at 11.40 a.m. by the Under-15’s who race over 2 kms. and then at 11.55 a.m. it’s the Under-17’s who take on a 3.1 kms. test.

Online entries for the Open 6K only can be made at

Simply send the following details: name, gender, date of birth and club before 5.00 p.m. on Friday, December 16th. Race packs can then be picked up on Saturday morning from 11 a.m. at the race HQ in the U3A Foyle Building in the Gransha Grounds.

On the day entries for all the races will be taken at the same location from 10.30 a.m. Entry fees for all the juvenile races are £1/E2 and £5 for the open race. Ribboned medals will be awarded to all finishers in the juvenile races and the usual post race refreshments will be on offer at the open race awards presentation in the U3A Foyle building.

Juveniles Off the Pace

Meanwhile, the City of Derry Spartans juveniles found it tough at the Uneven Age Group Championships in Kildare last weekend and despite giving it their all in the four races contested, came home without silverware.

The boys and girls U17 squads produced the best efforts on a day of red hot competition, They will now refocus and turn out at the juvenile races this Saturday in Gransha.

Allan Bogle meanwhile had an easy win at the Sperrin Harriers Winter Trail Series Race in Drum Manor, Cookstown last Saturday clocking just over 35 mins. for the testing 10K forest path circuit. A timely outing for the Spartan as he gets ready for the N.I./Ulster Senior Cross Country Championships next month in Antrim, where he should be a major asset in the ‘red vests’ challenge for team honours.