Dig out the wellingtons as its back to Ballinamore in County Leitrim next Sunday for day 2 of the Connacht cross country. Ballinamore must be just about the most difficult place in Connacht to get to from Craughwell – with no direct route, lots of small roads and a 2.5 hour journey.
The first race of the day will be the girls U11 which kicks off at 1pm sharp. For those new to Connacht cross-country, sharp means sharp – the races will be run off swiftly and most of the races will be over by 2pm. Athletes should try to arrive by noon at the latest as there is limited parking at this course and you may have a bit of a walk to the course. Bring your wellingtons and change of socks, tracksuit etc as this course can be very mucky as evidenced by the above photo taken there 2 years ago. The course is on the left hand side on the way into Ballinamore, about a mile from the town. Race HQ is usually in the community hall in the town.
For those of your who took part in cross country in Ballinamore 2 years ago, here's a brief recap on the day:-
Bus will be leaving from Craughwell Conmmunity Centre at 9am Sunday.
Read on for details on the day that Ballinamore AC have provided.
BALLINAMORE ATHLETIC CLUB
Ballinamore, Co Leitrim
CONNACHT UNEVEN AGES CROSS COUNTRY
SUNDAY NOVEMBER 13th 1.00.p.m.
Venue– Ardrum as previously. Left hand side on approach to Ballinamore from Mohill, Carrick on Shannon or Drumshanbo.
BALLINAMORE COMMUNITY CENTRE (as before) for environmental reasons stick on numbers are being used and backing sheet should NOT be dropped in field.
– On right hand side of road (R202) approaching from Carrick on Shannon (one side only) or by Garda direction if otherwise. No parking in field.
– At Community Centre as directed.Ground – Ground is in good condition for time of year, it will not be slippery like on the last occasion as this was due to some work done by the owner that autumn.
Course Consists of an inner lap of 500m of which the first 80m is a straight wide start run leading on to the circular course. The outer lap is 1000m. Diagram provided with numbers.
Under 11 one small plus one big
Toilets– At Community Centre plus two portaloos at Course entrance.Showers etc– There are no showers in the Community Centre but those who would like a hot shower can go to Ballinamore Sports Hall top of the town and 300m down the R202 Enniskillen Road after the races where these facilities will be provided.There os basketball there in the morning up to lunchtime.
Results– There will be no delay this year as sheets are not being produced. Medals presented as usual to first three at finish where photo will be taken. Individual and Team Results at Community Centre after last race. Full results and some which clubs are free to use will be on website www.leitrimcommunity.com on Sunday evening.Helpers.
Clubs are asked to each provide one helper at finish funnel and elsewhere if requested
TEA/COFFEE etc available in Supervalu Deli adjacent to Community Centre all day. Other venues may also be open.
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