Morag Millar and Eloise Walker have been picked for Scotland vests for the British Cross Challenge at Liverpool (photo by Bobby Gavin)
Liverpool is centre stage on the cross country calendar this weekend for the first time in two years.
The traditional British Cross Challenge event features the Euro Cross Trials and a number of Scots will head to Merseyside with hopes of selection.
British Athletics will send teams at Senior, U23 and U20 level to the Euro Cross event in Dublin in December. There’s also a short relay team selection (with Scots Cameron Boyek, Ben Potrykus, Jenny Selman and Megan Davies racing that trial).
Olympian Andy Butchart and his Central AC team-mate Jamie Crowe have been in strong form in recent weeks while there could be GB vests on the horizon for the likes of Eloise Walker at U23 and Megan Keith at U20 level,.
There are a number of elements to the meeting and scottishathletics are pleased to be represented by no fewer than 23 athletes this weekend after Scotland vest selections.
That number was 22 initially but Scout Adkin has since been added to the Senior Women’s category after a superb year in hill running.
Here are the Scotland selection for Liverpool . . .
Andy Butchart, Jamie Crowe (both Central AC), Lachlan Oates (Shettleston Harriers), Sol Sweeney (Perth Strathtay Harriers)
Morag Millar (Central AC), Mhairi Maclennan (Inverness Harriers), Scout Adkin (Moorfoot Runners)
Ben MacMillan, Hamish Hickey (both Central AC/Stirling Uni), Tom Graham-Marr, (Central AC/Aberdeen Uni), Christian Graham (Lasswade AC/Dundee Uni)
Eloise Walker (Edinburgh AC/Glasgow Uni), Sarah Tait (Lasswade AC/Stirling Uni), Holly Little (VP-Glasgow/Queen Margaret Uni), Grace Molloy (Linlithgow/Oxford Uni)
Andrew McGill (Livingston AC), Kane Elliott (Falkirk Victoria Harriers), Alastair Marshall (Central AC/Stirling Uni), Duncan Robinson (Giffnock North AC)
Megan Keith (Inverness Harriers/Edinburgh Uni Hare and Hounds), Isla Calvert (Livingston AC/Edinburgh Uni Hare and Hounds), Hannah Anderson (East Kilbride AC/Edinburgh Uni Hare and Hounds), Kirsty Purcell (Aberdeen AAC/Edinburgh Uni Hare and Hounds)
Central AC are very well represented on the Men’s side and the Lindsays National Relays and Short Course XC champions are to compete in the European Clubs Cross Champs trial (within the Liverpool event).
Six athletes will be named in the team initially with four to count and Central AC will have high hopes given the quality of their Senior men at the moment, including Butchart and Crowe, who went 1-2 at Lanark.
With Ben MacMillan, Hamish Hickey and Tom Graham-Marr as Scotland picks at U23 level, Derek Easton‘s team should be in contention against the best from England and Wales.
As it happens, there are further Scotland vest selections looming and performances at Liverpool and in the Lindsays District XC Champs on December 4 will be influential in the decision-making.
Scotland will field teams in Belfast at the British Cross Challenge event in Belfast on Saturday 22 January.
The action that day in Northern Ireland incorparates two international matches – the Celtic Nations XC and the Home Countries XC
For the Celtic Nations XC, scottishathletics will select:
Up to four athletes, Men and Women, for:
U23 Men (born 2000, 01, 02); U23 Women (born 2000, 01, 02)
U20 Men (born 2003, 04, 05); U20 Women (born 2003, 04, 05)
U17 Men (born 2006 and 2007); U17 Women (born 2006 and 2007)
For the Home Countries XC, scottishathletics will select
Up to four athletes, Men and Women, for :
Senior Men and Senior Women
(U20 races will be incorporated into Celtic Nations XC)
Megan Keith will race for Scotland at U23 level this weekend and chase Euro Cross selection (photo by Bobby Gavin)
If that’s not more than enough, then Senior Scottish athletes at Liverpool are also competing for points in our Cross Country GP tables.
This is the second of the races in the six event series and there’s £4000 of overall prize-money up for grabs in the Cross Country GP.
Scottish athletes across all the age groups are also contesting British Cross Challenge points and ultimately prize-money with Megan Keith and Hamish Armitt U20 race winners at Milton Keynes recently.