N.I. & Ulster U20 & U17 Team Selection

NIMRA would like to congratulate the following athletes on their selection to represent N.I. & Ulster at the U20 & U17 British & Irish Mountian Running Championship being held this Saturday, 3rd Sept in Ambleside, England

U20 Male
TomCrudgingtonMU20Newcastle and District AC
SeanMcGinleyMU20Finn Valley AC
RyanSmithMU20Annadale Striders
EthanMcMullanMU20Newcastle and District AC
U17 Male
BenAchesonMU17North Down AC
JoshuaMuckianMU17Slieve Gullion Runners
EthanIslesMU17North Down AC
JacobCrawfordMU17East Down AC
U20 Female
EimearMcCarrollFU20Finn Valley AC
CiaraSavageFU20Newcastle and District AC
U17 Female
PoppyHastingsFU17Mid Ulster AC
NiamhCampbellFU17Mid Ulster AC
KatieGrahamFU17Lagan Valley AC
EveWelshFU17Newry AC
Development Athletes
CiaranMcCarrollMU17Finn Valley AC
YasinBranniganMU17Newcastle and District AC

Note re Selection.
Athletes (with one exception) were selected at the trial held on the 18th August at the Scrabo Race.
Rather than send a development team from one age group that has occurred previously, after looking at the times in the race, the selectors decided there would be more value in selecting the three athletes chosen to run as individuals.
The rational used – As development athletes, they need to be competitive in the event to gain experience for their future development. Two of the athletes chosen, missed out on selection by less than 30 seconds, thus showing potential to ‘mix it’ in the event.
The third athlete suffered a minor injury in the days prior to the trial but was able to demonstrate ‘Hill’ results that were comparable with athletes selected.
As selectors, we believe these three athletes can run competitively in the event, helping them develop their ability for possible future selection.
When compared to the benefit of sending a full team at any age group, the benefits in this approach were deemed greater. The three athletes are all relatively new to Mountain Running and have not previously gained selection to International Competition.
We wish them and the four teams the best of luck for the event.

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