Eilish McColgan has thanked Lindsays for their on-going support for cross country in Scotland.
We announced a new three-year agreement with the firm earlier this year to take the sponsorship through to 2026 – 12 years after it started.
The Lindsays Trophy, which looks to help build participation in our national events, has also been revamped into a three-division format to help stimulate further interest among our clubs and there was a great response at Cumbernauld and Lanark.
Eilish, of course, grew up with cross country in her formative years with Dundee Hawkhill Harriers.
‘It’s great to see Lindsays continuing their sponsorship of the Scottish Cross Country Season,’ said Eilish.
‘Cross country is where all of our top distance runners learned their trade. Laura Muir, Josh Kerr, Jake Wightman and even myself were all once youngsters taking part in the XC leagues for our clubs – traipsing up and down the length of the country to run around a field in the cold, wet and mud.
‘It was fun times! I have some really fond memories of my junior years taking part in all of the Scottish XC leagues and National Champs.
‘Everyone stands on the start line knowing they are in for a challenge. And it is a fun way to build leg strength and endurance which is important for all events and helps you in the summer.
‘I think it hugely beneficial for athletes in Scotland to have an incredible company like Lindsays continuing their support for our sport.
‘Cross Country is the backbone – connecting the youngest age groups to the Master and Senior athletes. Having a headline sponsor until 2026, allows these events to run and flourish – accommodating for the increase of entries year on year. It’s great to see.’