Scotland teams ready for Celtic Nations XC

Friday 20th January 2017

Scottish 4K U20 medallists (L-R) Sol Sweeney, Connor Maclean and Logan Rees will all represent Scotland at Cardiff (photo by Bobby Gavin)

British Cross Challenge – Cardiff information

Wales is very much at the centre of attention for cross country this weekend with the British Cross Challenge taking place on Sunday.

And that event will include the Celtic Nations XC races at U23, U20 and U17 level which will see two dozen athletes represent Scotland and wear the new navy blue Macron kit.

This event is operated under the IAAF Age Groups categories, which are younger than those applied in Scottish and British events, with male and female teams of four named in each of those three age brackets.

It is a special moment for all selected and there are a number of ‘connections’ via the teams picked, 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.

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), Clare Stewart (Banchory Stonehaven), Gillian Black (VP-Glasgow).

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)


Edinburgh AC’s Eloise Walker – 2016 National XC U15 winner is now with Scotland U17 Women’s team (photo by Bobby Gavin)

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 Giffnock North AAC and Cambuslang Harriers in the West and Corstorphine and Team East Lothian in the East.

At time of writing, there’s been one change to the original selections with Gillian Black of VP-Glasgow drafted into the U20 team following a fine performance in the Senior Women’s race at the Inter-Districts and after the withdrawal of Kilbarchan’s Laura Stark.

All at scottishathletics would like to wish those athletes selected all the best for Cardiff and say well done to them, their families and coaches on this honour – and the clubs involved down the years in the development of these hard-working, talented young athletes.


Louise Mercer – the U23 pick wore Scotland blue at Liverpool (photo by Mark Shearman)

Tags: British Cross Challenge, Cardiff, Celtic Nations XC, Scotland

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