Entries close this week for the Lindsays National XC – so please make sure your club doesn’t miss out on the big day.
It’s back at Callendar Park in Falkirk on Saturday 23 February for an event which always generates a really special atmosphere as the athletics family in Scotland gathers in large numbers.
We have issued entry forms to no fewer than 93 clubs, with team managers and coaches now charged with compiling names for a programme that features 10 races this year (with the Women’s U20 and Women’s U17 races now separated).
We need those forms completed and returned by MIDNIGHT on THURSDAY (FEBRUARY 7). There will be no late entries for clubs or for individuals.
Please send the entry forms by email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Olympian Steph Twell and title holder Mhairi Maclennan are committed to the Women’s race – where it is five to count for the team race – while in the Men’s race we should see defending champion Kris Jones as well as Lachlan Oates, Alastair Hay, Andy Douglas, Adam Craig, Robbie Simpson, Grant Sheldon and perhaps Luke Traynor and Derek Hawkins.
The National XC also marks the conclusion of the Lindsays Trophy, which is awarded each year to the club with the highest combined number of finishers over three championship events in the Lindsays National Cross Country Season. Giffnock North currently lead last year’s winner, Garscube Harriers.
And it will be the fifth race of six in the Scottish XC Grand Prix, where Senior athletes (male and female) share total prize-money of £4000. The Inter-Counties event in Loughborough in March concludes the GP series.
It is also vital we have the support of clubs to make sure the Lindsays National XC happens.
And that means we once again have to appeal for race marshals to be stationed at various points around the course on Saturday 23 February.
We need around 50 folk in total to do this and two shifts are available (10.30am to 1pm and then from 1pm to 3.30pm). Nobody is asked to stand around for the whole day.
Alex Jackson co-ordinates the marshals for us and we need offers of help by Monday 11 February.
Email email@example.com with offers of help.