Olympian, Michelle Finn, and Irish Junior 3000 and 5000m record holder, Darragh McElhinney have recently launched the 2021 SPAR European Cross Country Championships which will take place at the Sport Ireland Campus on Sunday 12 December.
The 2021 edition of these Championships will mark the second occasion that the event has taken place in Dublin, following on from a successful hosting in 2009.
Colin Donnelly, SPAR sales director said, "Ireland has such a proud tradition when it comes to cross country running and we are delighted to mark this historic occasion in dedicating the planting of these trees to all those who are involved in the event."
"There are SPAR stores in over 400 communities throughout Ireland and we know they will be giving their full support to our Irish athletes as they take on the best in Europe in just a few days’ time.”
To mark this special occasion, SPAR Ireland said that it has sponsored the planting of oak tree saplings at the cross country venue, with a tree being planted in honour of each national federation competing, as well as for all of the athletes, volunteers, and officials who are making Sunday’s prestigious event possible.
A special certificate will be presented to each of the participating countries upon their arrival in Dublin to detail the tree which will forever be associated with the event, as will all those who compete.
Liam Hennessey, chairperson of the Fingal-Dublin 2021 Local Organising Committee, commented, “We’re delighted to have SPAR support us in recognising all of the work that athletes, coaches, volunteers, and everyone associated with the event have put in to make this week possible."
The trees which will be planted on site will be forever associated with this event, as will all those who the trees have been planted in recognition of," he added.