The National XC is always one of the biggest dates on the calendar for everyone in with athletics in Scotland at heart.
It is the day the ‘family’ meets up together in Falkirk and mass participation meets elite endurance performance across the mud and hills of Callendar Park.
And the time is right now for athletes, coaches, clubs and parents to enter the National XC – which in 2015 will take place on Sunday 22 February.
With the backing of Cross Country Season sponsors Lindsays, we’ve had a huge response to events so far this winter with record numbers at the National Relays in Cumbernauld and the Short Course Champs at Bellahouston in November.
Two of the three Districts events also had record finisher numbers, with both the East event in Dundee and the West fixture in Linwood hugely popular.
Entry numbers at the National have topped the 2000 mark for the past two years and all at scottishathletics would love to see that trend continue in 2015.
Driving numbers up is a key goal and will help demonstrate to wider audiences that there is a legacy impact in athletics in Scotland from the Commonwealth Games and the Olympics in 2012.
So once again we’re asking clubs particularly to maintain the great level of support of recent teams by again collating and submitting your entries for Callendar Park.
The closing date is Monday 2 February so there is still plenty of time to ‘galvanise’ training groups with the National a traditional target for so many in the endurance community!
Video coverage supplied by VincoSport at the 2014 event at Falkirk proved a big hit with out public and we’re pleased with ‘viewing figures’ for the combined package (of 15 videos) from that which currently top 13,000.
At scottishathletics, we have a deliberate policy of seeking to maximise the promotion of our most significant events and come February 22 we will be looking to again supply video footage, great photography, website reporting and social media activity from the course.
That’s why it is great when the ‘family’ all contributes to what many people agree is a special atmosphere and mark Callendar Park on the 2015 calendar.
It is our clubs who make the National Cross Country such a great event – photo by Bobby Gavin