By Croy Thomson, Giffnock North
It is more than a year since they actually won it, but Giffnock North AC’s pleasure at winning the 2020 Lindsays Trophy is undiminished.
The prize goes to the club with the biggest number of finishers across all age groups in key cross country races within the Lindsays Cross Country Season
And the Glasgow club emerged at the top of the table again after having a big presence at events in the 2019-2020 season before Covid-19 impacted on cross country
At a recent endurance session in Rouken Glen Park – in the heart of the East Renfrewshire club’s home turf – the trophy was accepted on behalf of the whole club by the three young athletes who won individual golds at Falkirk back in 2020: Craig Shennan (U13 Boys Champion), Hannah Ryding (U15 Girls Champion) and Reuben Macdonald (U15 Boys Champion).
The arrival of the coveted silverware certainly added some much appreciated springtime sparkle to the solid months of training through Covid lockdowns.
‘As a club, Giffnock North put a big effort into supporting the Lindsays Trophy, which does so much to encourage as many athletes as possible to compete – young, senior and veteran,’ said Senior Endurance Coach, Dudley Walker.
‘The Lindsays Cross Country Season and these championship events are so important to that discipline, which we view as fundamental to distance running.
‘We send our thanks to Lindsays for their consistent, enduring, far-sighted support.
‘We are delighted to once again see our name on the trophy and we look forward to defending it through the 2021-22 winter and spring.’
scottishathletics comms apologises most sincerely for the somewhat belated nature of this announcement around the 2020 Lindsays Trophy.
We should, perhaps, have headlined it as ‘Here is a Late Result . . .‘
With Covid-19 restriction communications to clubs a high priority this time last year, the Lindsays Trophy outcome slipped off our agenda somewhat.
Here’s hoping the Lindsays Cross Country Season will return in full measure come the autumn.