The Lindsays Trophy is once again being contested this season across three of the main cross country national championship events over the 2017-2018 winter.
We launched the Lindsays Trophy in line with the legal firm sponsorship and it is awarded to the club with the highest aggregate number of finishers at the Lindsays National XC Relays Championships; the Lindsays National Short Course XC Championship and the Lindsays National XC Championships. All age groups are counted in the totals for each event.
This year, that takes in races at Cumbernauld in October, Kirkcaldy this weekend for the Short Course and at Falkirk on Saturday 24 February for the Lindsays National XC.
Edinburgh AC were the first winners of the trophy back in 2015 when it was contested only over the National XC at Callendar Park. Giffnock North AAC were then the winners across three events in 2016 and they retained the trophy again earlier this year.
It is hoped that clubs are galvanised into entering national cross country events and then ensuring those athletes turn up and race and finish on the day.
Here’s the current Lindsays Trophy top five following the National Relays at Cumbernauld (with number of finishers):
Giffnock North AAC 95
Garscube Harriers 75
Central AC 65
Corstorphine AAC 62
Cambuslang Harriers 54
Awards season is very much in full swing at the moment and Wednesday evening saw a couple of successes for athletes at the sportscotland Coaching, Officiating and Volunteering Awards (COVA).
Taking home COVA glory were Rob Dalziel as Technical Official of the Year and Ian Mirfin as Disability Coach of the Year from what is always a great celebration and recognition of some of the most important people in sport.
Rob is part of the hard-working team of scottishathletics Officials who help us deliver National championships events while Ian, as well as coach to Sammi Kinghorn and other atheltes, is our Para event lead for elite athletes.
Many congratulations to both and thanks to all our coaches, officials and volunteers for their huge contribution to athletics in Scotland over 2017.
Runners can earn a key to the castle when competing in the 21st anniversary Run Balmoral races over the weekend of 21/22 April 2018.
Entries have now opened for the popular Deeside event and to commemorate the occasion iconic key-shaped medals featuring a symbolic outline of the Balmoral castle turrets will be given to all competitors.
It’s a one-off innovative idea from the organisers of Aberdeenshire’s biggest sporting participation occasion which attracts more than 5,000 runners of all ages who will take part in a programme of eight races over the two days of competition.
‘We are always keen to try new ideas and this year we have come up with a medal design which is very different from the usual ones, said RunBalmoral Chairman James Knowles . ‘We thought it would be appropriate to have a key, given this is the 21st year of the races, and we are sure runners will be keen to earn one of these unique awards.’
The race weekend will kick off as usual on the Saturday with the MPH Ltd primary schools 1.5km boys’ and girls’ race, followed by the FOS Group secondary schools 2.5km, the ConocoPhillips 5km and the Stena Drilling Tartan 10km.
The 5km and 10km also include a highly-competitive corporate team challenge competition. Then on the Sunday there’s the Apollo duathlon (6km run/15km cycle/5km run), the TRAC Trail Race (15 Miles) and the TRAC Wee Trail race (3 miles).
With thanks to Fraser Clyne