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Racing for Scotland, representing your District, or simply racing against your club-mates or rivals.
All of the above are on offer at the Run Stirling event being put together for Saturday 11 January as the traditional New Year cross country fixture in Scotland.
Stirling Golf Club and Kings Park will host the course – as it did back in January this year – for an event which will have a number of elements all threaded through the first British Cross Challenge event in this country in the current format.
So, as well as those picked to represent Scotland or indeed the East, West and North for the Inter-Districts events, the invitation is open to clubs en masse to compete and enjoy a January fixture some six weeks prior to the Lindsays National XC.
Mhairi Maclennan, Scotland and GB international from Inverness Harriers, won the Scottish Inter-District title at Stirling in January 2019 at the start of a spell which culminated with a 32nd place finish in the Senior Women’s race in the World Cross in Denmark.
‘I think Run Stirling looks like a great event and I’m delighted we’re coming back here in January 2020,’ said Mhairi.
‘There are a number of elements being planned for Saturday 11 January and it is good to hear about the different races.
‘I won the Inter-Districts here in 2019. It’s a really good course and to get the chance to mix it with England, Ireland and Wales would be great and something to aim for during training on dark winter nights.’
Jonny Glen, GB and Scotland international from Inverclyde AC, can’t wait for January 11 after being in the United States.
‘Representing Scotland in the Home Countries and the Celtic XC will be a big target for many athletes,’ said Jonny.
‘It is always such an honour to pull on that vest and from my own point of view it has been a while with being away – I’d love to do that again on January 11.
‘I think, lower down the age groups, the British Cross Challenge is a great way for kids to develop.
‘I went to them myself in Liverpool in my early and mid-teens and you learn from those races. There will be an incentive there, too, for athletes who maybe just miss the Inter-District selection.’
New scottishathletics President Ron Morrison joins athletes Jonny Glen and Mhairi Maclennan with starter, Richard O’Grady, and Councillor Chris Kane, to launch Run Stirling (photo Whyler Photos)
Set against the iconic backdrop of Stirling Castle and across the grounds of Stirling Golf Club and historic Kings Park, the Festival of Running will offer a variety of events, including:
*7km Great Stirling Castle Run (Enter online here)
*Inter-District Championships – North, East, West District representative teams. District Selections will be made following the Lindsays District Championships on December 8. (U13, U15, U17, Junior/Senior)
*Celtic Cross Country International – Scotland v Wales v Ireland v N.Ireland. Scotland selection will be made in December (U23, U20, U17).
*Home Countries Cross Country International – Scotland v England v Wales v N Ireland. Scotland selection will be made in December (Seniors, U20).