Cumbernauld cross country in the sunshine . . . photo by Bobby Gavin
The Lindsays National Team XC is coming up at Cumbernauld later this month as we seek to deliver cross country despite Covid-19.
It will be four events over two days with the action in North Lanarkshire taking place over four sessions on Saturday 24 October and Sunday 25 October.
Every club across Scotland is initially being allocated one team per race because of restricted numbers around these events.
There is a lot more detail around how the event will happen and we’d ask clubs, athletes, coaches and parents to check these out now via the clink below:
Four events in two days means we will need help from the community in order to deliver the Lindsays National Team XC.
Additional volunteers are needed to officiate and marshal on the Saturday morning and afternoon and the Sunday morning and afternoon.
With the number of runners restricted, we are hoping that many folk who would usually have the chance to compete at Cumbernauld will see this as a chance to contribute in a different way.
Those interested in volunteering should email firstname.lastname@example.org indicating their availability.
Please let us know your preferred day, and whether you are available All Day, AM or PM session. All volunteers will be working under the supervision of a qualified UK Athletics Technical Official.
*Please note that, because of guidance around ‘bubbles’, you can only have one role each day. (So you cannot race in the morning and marshal in the afternoon, unfortunately). Nor can you be a team manager in one session and then marshal in next.
But you can do one role one day and one role the other day, if you are willing. Thanks. We appreciate all offers of help and hopefully we can find ways to make it all work!
As mentioned, in order to comply with guidance, the Lindsays National Team XC will be four events staged over two days – morning and afternoon each day.
It will not be a championship event this year because of restricted numbers (but we will issue team leaderboards).
All races are three legs over a 3km route in the parkland around Cumbernauld House and the races will happen in bubbles of 30 athletes.
As in other years, the Young Athletes races are made up of one U13, one U15 and U17 category athlete with the times combined to give the team performance.
We’re disappointed we cannot accommodate greater numbers but, in 2020, it simply isn’t possible and the cancellation of many events across Britain and beyond only exemplifies that.
We stress our plans for October 24/25 are, of course, subject to Covid-19 Scottish Government regulations.
Young Athletes will race on the Saturday and the U20/Senior/Masters athletes will compete on the Sunday. There are no Masters only races involved this year.
*Entries are limited to ONE TEAM PER CLUB.
This is to ensure as many clubs as possible are given the opportunity to compete. It will be one team per club per age group.
If capacity is not reached, clubs may be offered the opportunity to enter a B team.
*Wave Starts. Athletes will be seeded into Wave Starts of a maximum of 30 athletes. These waves will be run as a normal race, with cumulative time used to calculate team results.
Each wave will create a competition bubble on arrival in the Warm Up Zone, and physical distancing is suspended within the competition bubble until the athletes leave the zone at the conclusion of their race.
*No spectators. Athletes under the age of 18 are allowed one chaperone, and no other spectators will be allowed within the park. Clubs may nominate one team manager per age group (Young Athletes M/F and Senior M/F) to attend.
Photo by Bobby Gavin