Scotland athletes wore the new Macron kit for the first time at the British Cross Challenge event last month – and now we’re delighted to announce another selection in XC.
The Celtic Nations XC event covers the U23, U20 and U17 categories via the IAAF Age Groups (younger than in Scottish and British events) and takes place in Cardiff at the British Cross Challenge event on Sunday 22 January.
Scotland will be represented by two dozen athletes that day, with male and female teams of four being named in each of those age brackets.
It is a special moment for all selected and there are a number of ‘connections’ via the selections including brothers Logan and Tristan Rees from Fife Ac, the Perth Strathtay training partners Sol Sweeney and Ben Greenwood and three Edinburgh Uni Hare and Hounds athletes in the Women’s U23 team in Mhairi MacLennan, Catriona Graves and Louise Mercer.
We make it no fewer than 14 clubs represented and it’s encouraging to see the spread involved there from Forres and Stornoway in the North to Kilbarchan and Cambuslang in the West and Corstorphine and Team East Lothian in the East.
All at scottishathletics would like to congratulate those athletes selected and their families and coaches on this honour – and the clubs involved down the years in the development of these hard-working, talented young athletes.
Teams (as selected):
Scotland U23: Men: Michael Ferguson (Aberdeen), Connor Maclean (Stornoway), Jamie Crowe (Central AC), Logan Rees (Fife AC)
Scotland U23 Women: Annabel Simpson (Fife AC), Mhairi Maclennan, Catriona Graves, Louise Mercer (all Edinburgh Uni)
Scotland U20: Men: Sol Sweeney, Ben Greenwood (both Perth Strathtay), Alex Carcas (Edinburgh AC), Tristan Rees (Fife AC)
Scotland U20 Women: Anna MacFadyen (Forres), Naomi Lang (Aberdeen), Laura Stark (Kilbarchan AAC), Clare Stewart (Banchory Stonehaven)
Scotland U17: Men: Robert Sparks (Fife AC), Drew Pollock (Cambuslang), Hamish Armitt (Giffnock North AAC), Joe Ewing (Edinburgh AC)
Scotland U17 Women: Eloise Walker (Edinburgh AC), Jessica Macleod (Corstorphine AAC), Heather Barnes (Giffnock North AAC), Cera Gemmell (Team East lothian)
Ben Greenwood and Sol Sweeney – Perth Strathtay duo both picked for same Scotland U20 team
Edinburgh Uni Hare and Hounds – well represented at U23 Women
*Check out our video footage of the Celtic Nations XC races in January 2016, held at Holyrood Park as part of the Great Edinburgh XCountry. Footage by Gordon Curran