IT’s almost time – for one of the most eagerly-awaited events of the year!
And, as the Lindsays National XC at Falkirk looms ever closer – it’s on Saturday 24 February at Callendar Park – we have tallied up the names and published start-lists.
There are a remarkable 2252 athletes listed for the nine races that day and, although the total is down a little on the past couple of years, it is still the third-best in a quarter of a century of this event since Men’s and Women’s championships merged.
It represents once again another tremendous show of commitment to competition by clubs, athletes, coaches and parents and the support is much appreciated.
Start-lists are now online (if you were entered by your club but your name is missing from the published lists, it means you need to contact us to pay membership. Thanks).
Another fantastic effort by the clubs. Looking forward to an excellent day of cross country. https://t.co/DG0k5VqoDS
— Ian Beattie (@ianbeattie1) February 16, 2018
*We also want to say a big thank-you to those who answered our appeals for marshals to help the Lindsays National XC run smoothly at Falkirk.
On the day, we will be ably assisted by representatives of the following clubs: Bellahouston Road Runners, Cambuslang Harriers, Carnegie Harriers, East Kilbride AAC, Falkirk Victoria Harriers, Garscube Harriers, Irvine AC, Kinross Road Runners, Lasswade AAC, Linlithgow AC, Perth Strathtay Harriers, PH Racing Club, Pitreavie AAC, Springburn Harriers, Stirling Tri Club, Strathearn Harriers, Teviotdale Harriers, Westerlands CCC, Glasgow and Edinburgh Frontrunners.
And also Police Scotland cadets and local volunteers. Your support is hugely important to this event and much appreciated.
A number of clubs who regularly do help us out at the Lindsays National XC were asked to ‘stand down’ for this one – but the National Road Relays at Livingston will need help, too!
The scottishathletics Cross Country Grand Prix is building up to an exciting finish over the final two rounds.
Falkirk will be the battleground for the next race when the Lindsays National XC happens on Saturday 24 February.
And then the final event of the series is the Inter-Counties British Challenge XC event at Loughborough in March which will finalise the points tables for the distribution of £4000 in prize-money.
Scotland international Steph Pennycook leads the Women’s points table at the moment with 129 points, even though the Fife AC/Edinburgh Uni Hare and Hounds athlete missed the Inter-District XC as she raced in the International Relay at Holyrood Park.
Edinburgh AC’s Rebecca Burns is second on 114 after a good run in Edinburgh with Annabel Simpson of Fife AC third on 110 points. Making up the Women’s top five are West duo, Elspeth Curran of Kilbarchan AAC and Michelle Sandison of Springburn Harriers.
Lachlan Oates won the 2017 GP and he’s 10 points clear at the top currently with 136 as Kris Jones of Dundee Hawkhill gives chase in second place on 126. Central AC’s Alastair Hay is third on 117 points.
Making up the men’s top five are Cambuslang’s Grant Sheldon, who won the West District title, on 89 points and Andy Douglas of Inverclyde AC on 84.
The tables, after four events in the Series, are listed on the page for the Cross Country GP and there are more than 100 athletes with points logged.
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.
And we can now reveal the ‘league table’ after two events – with Giffnock North AC out in front at the moment.
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 back in October, Kirkcaldy on November 11 at the Short Course and at the Lindsays National XC at Falkirk on Saturday 24 February.
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 were then the winners across three events in 2016 and they retained the trophy again earlier this year.
Here’s the current Lindsays Trophy top 10 following the National Relays at Cumbernauld and the Short Course at Kirkcaldy (with number of finishers):
1 Giffnock North AAC 139
2 Garscube Harriers 124
3 Edinburgh AC 108
4 Central AC 102
5 Cambuslang Harriers 97
6= Corstorphine AAC 88
6= Fife AC 88
8 Aberdeen AAC 72
9 Falkirk Victoria Harriers 71
10 Dundee Hawkhill Harriers 69