Michelle Sandison and Elspeth Curran compete in the mud at Kilmarnock at the West last year (photo by Bobby Gavin)
The Lindsays District XC Champs have become a key element in our annual calendar in the countdown to Christmas – with the first weekend in December now the regular slot.
Three venues play host to the action in the East, North and West and it promises to be an exciting day at Piperdam near Dundee, Dores on Loch Ness and Balloch Castle Country Park on the banks of Loch Lomond.
Medals for individuals and teams are up for grabs of course and that chance to join the long list of those who have made the podium at District XC Champs down the years.
But there is also the significant matter of Run Stirling coming up on Saturday 11 January – with places to be secured on Scotland teams for two international events that day as well as representative teams for the Scottish Inter-District XC Champs.
So Dundee, Dores and Balloch will be key ‘battle-grounds’ in the fight for selections come Saturday.
Check out the links to the Event section page for each fixture to find the start-lists, key information and course maps.
Action from the North District XC Champs a couple of years ago with Stornoway’s Eilidh Mackenzie a winner five times in the past seven years
On those Event section pages are documents which outline the selection policy for each District.
Also at Stirling, Scotland will compete in the Home Country International and the Celtic XC International
*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).
At this stage, we say a big thank-you to three host clubs for taking on the responsibility to help organise and host these events with help from scottishathletics and the Road Running and Cross Country Commission – that’s Inverness Harriers in the North, Dumbarton AAC in the West and Dundee Hawkhill Harriers in the East.
Dumbarton AAC are in their centenary year and we understand an appeal for additional help was met with a very positive response from the community in the West District – thanks to those who have volunteered.
In total, around 2300 names are on the start-lists which once again reflects great commitment to competition by our clubs – thanks!
The Senior Men’s race in the East District XC Champs in Aberdeen last year