NI and Ulster Team Announced for the Bobby Rea International

The Northern Ireland and Ulster Team for the Bobby Rea International Cross Country have been announced.

Many congratulations to the following athletes who have been selected to represent Northern Ireland and Ulster in the 2019 Bobby Rea International, which is being held at the Billy Neill MBE Country Park, Dundonald on Saturday 9th November 2019.



Conor Bradley (City of Derry Spartans)

Rachel Gibson (North Down AC)

Conor Duffy (Glaslough Harriers)

Sarah Lavery (Beechmount Harrriers)

Mark McKinstry (North Belfast Harriers)

Rebekah Nixon (Dromore AC)

Patrick McNiff (Newcastle & District AC)

Sinead Sweeney (East Down AC)

Hopes will be high for Conor Bradley who won the senior men’s race at the recent Autumn International. He will be joined by Conor Duffy and Patrick McNiff who also ran well in Abbotstown and Mark McKinstry who won the recent Comber Cup in impressive form.

The women’s team includes Rebekah Nixon who had an impressive win at the Comber Cup. She is joined by Rachel Gibson who ran the fastest leg at the recent NI & Ulster Road Relays and also finished a very good 13th at the Autumn International. They are joined by the in-form duo of Sarah Lavery and Sinead Sweeney.

This year’s Bobby Rea Cross Country event will an exciting affair as we are securing interest from across Ireland, UK and Europe as part of the event’s elevation to International status for this year.

Providing details of the field, Athletics NI’s Director of Coaching & Athlete Development, Jackie Newton said: ‘’After we had announced that we would miss a year of hosting the Northern Ireland International in 2020 [due to a congested January calendar) we decided to make the annual Bobby Rea Memorial event a higher profile race and invite international standard athletes from across Ireland, the UK and Europe to come and compete.”

“We are delighted that Wales will send a full team to compete against us in the team competition and to have secured confirmation from high level athletes including Ross Millington, Emile Cairess, Iona Lake and Mhairi McLennan from the UK; Michelle Finn from Ireland and Siad El Otmani from Italy who will add quality to the race.  The athletes we have selected for the NI & Ulster team have already got off to a good start this season and we look forward to seeing them race on home soil on 9th November.”

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