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Scottish Hill Champs set for Comrie but East XC League off

Friday 14th August 2020

Scout Adkin on her way to the Scottish title at Broughton Heights in 2019 (photo by Mark Johnston)

Scottish Senior Hill Champs – Event section page

The scottishathletics Hill Running championships are being held next month in Perthshire – subject to a number of guidelines.

Comrie Croft will be the venue on Sunday 20 September and this is an event for Senior athletes.

The races are over 12k with 800m of climb and 150 descent in what is a termed an uphill only corse.

Pre-entry will be available via the Events section of this website from September 9 and the cost is £10 per runner.

It is intended the initial start-time will be 10.30am with runners set off in waves. Runners will be advised in advance of their start time and asked to attend at that time.

There will be other Covid-19 restriction as per Scottish Government and sportscotland guidelines and further information on these will be given nearer the time.

Race organiser is Angela Mudge  angela.mudge@btinternet.com

Scottish Hill Champs 2019 report

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Andy Butchart and Jamie Crowe of Central AC in action in the East League XC at Stirling last season (photo by Tony Waterhouse)

Road Running and Cross Country Commission website

The East XC League will not take place during the forthcoming winter.

A message on the Road Running and Cross Country Commission website confirmed that three meetings scheduled for 2020-21 have been cancelled.

‘With much regret the Business Committee of the East District League have decided to cancel all three League events for season 2020-1 due to the COVID–19 pandemic,’ read the statement.

‘The East District League is essentially a club mass participation event with about 800 athletes participating at each meeting. At the moment with few therapeutic drugs and no certainty of a vaccine, the only protection is isolation.

‘The safety of athletes, officials, marshals and helpers must be our top priority. When a solution to promoting a mass participation event is found, the League will return.

‘Clubs may wish to take the opportunity of resurrecting smaller Inter–Club events that provide competition without mass participation on the dates of the League. They are October 17, November 21 and January 16.’

scottishathletics would encourage East clubs to start conversations at a more localised level about how they might be able to stage smaller events – perhaps starting at the younger age groups.

It is hoped there will be more clarity from the Scottish Government on outdoor gatherings after August 24 and perhaps clearance for U20 and Senior athletes to compete ‘on the field of play’ without physical distancing restrictions.

With thanks to Alex Jackson

Tags: Alex Jackson, Angela Mudge, East XC League, Scottish Hill Champs

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