Action from the Senior Men’s race at Kirkcaldy – photo by Bobby Gavin
The Lindsays Cross Country Season is well underway already with the district relays having been followed by superb National events at Cumbernauld and Kirkcaldy.
Next up are the three Lindsays District XC Champs events at three locations around the country on the weekend of Saturday 9 December.
The distances of the races moves up as we head towards the turn of the year and preparations for the National XC back at Callendar Park in Falkirk on Saturday 24 February.
And after really big numbers so far this season, we are once again asking clubs, athletes and coaches to commit to competition and submit entries now for the three district events.
All will take place on Saturday 9 December with the North gathering at Gordonstoun; the East at Deans Community School in Livingston and the West at Irvine Moor Racecourse. Entries are by post and we need those by Monday 27 November, please.
Thanks in advance to all the host clubs and volunteers involved in making sure these District XC events happen.
Entry forms for the North District XC
Entry forms for the East District XC
Entry forms for the West District XC
Cameron Boyek’s individual gold helped Central to the team race success – and Team Challenge victory
Central AC men seized the golds at Kirkcaldy last Saturday in the Lindsays Short Course Champs.
And that was just enough to push them to the top of the final table in the scottishathletics XC Team Challenge for 2017 across three events – the District Relays, the Lindsays National XC Relays at Cumbernauld and the 4K in Fife.
It has seldom been so tight at the top with three men’s team covered by a single point as Central won it by one from Inverclyde AC and Aberdeen AAC thanks to the combined efforts at Kirkcaldy of gold medallist Cameron Boyek, Alastair Hay (5), Cameron Milne (12) and Christopher Smithard (28).
Inverclyde took second from Aberdeen on countback (higher place in the 4K) and Cambuslang were fourth on 41 points from Shettleston (also 41 points, but lower placed in the 4K). In all, 26 men’s teams gained points.
Edinburgh Uni Hare and Hounds wrapped up the women’s prize of £250 with their gold medals at Kirkcaldy leading them to maximum points in the scottishathletics XC Team Challenge.
With the students on the full 50 points thanks to the efforts of silver medallist Steph Pennycook, Anna Macfadyen (4), Katie Lowery (20) and Laura Stark (22); Central AC women were second on 45 points and Fife AC third on 40 points. Edinburgh AC (38) and VP-Glasgow (36) completed the top five in a table which saw no fewer than 40 women’s team gain points.
*Central AC men and Fife AC women will be the scottishathletics representatives in the European Club Cross Country Champs trial in Liverpool on November 25.
This is following the Lindsays National XC Champs with the best team calculated on a ‘first claim club’ basis. Central look set to be bolstered by Andy Butchart and Jamie Crowe on Merseyside while Uni athletes Pennycook and Annabel Simpson will run for Fife AC.
Golds at Cumbernauld for Edinburgh Uni Hare and Hounds and they helped themselves to full points in the XC Team Challenge with victory at Kirkcaldy, too