Local athletes to compete on Euro stage

There will be no shortage of local interest in this Sunday’s 2017 European Cross Country Championships to be held in Samorin, Slovakia.

Donore Harriers athlete John Travers will be hoping to reproduce the superb form he showed in the early months of the year when he lines out in the Senior Men’s field.


DSD Athletic Club will be well represented in the competition with no less than three members selected as part of the travelling Ireland squad.

Both Jodie McCann and Sophie Murphy will take their place in the Women’s Under 20 class while clubmate Bethany Murray will be contesting the Women’s Under 23 title.

Looking ahead to this weekend’s competition, 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” he added.

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