It’s that time of the year again – with the launch of the Lindsays XC Season almost upon us!
The District XC Relays kick-off the season in terms of scottishathletics fixtures and Saturday 8 October will see events take place in three locations.
Livingston is the venue for the East District XC Relays; Kilmacolm hosts the West District XC Relays; while the North event is at Edderton, near Tain and Dornoch.
So we’re now looking for clubs to start the hard work on organising names and entries across the age groups for October 8.
The deadline for entries for the East and West is Monday 26 September while the North entries close on Wednesday 28 September.
All entries are by post for these events so we are asking clubs to now gather up names for teams and get those off to the relevant address (see the Event page for each District XC Relay).
Once again we are indebted to support from legal firm Lindsays for the Cross Country Season and that takes in a number of National events in the months following on from the District XC Relays – starting the National XC Relays at Cumbernauld on Saturday 22 October.
Here are the three District XC Relays fixtures on our Events Section:
East District XC at Deans Community School, Livingston
Closing date Monday 26 September
West District XC at Kilmacolm
Closing date Monday 26 September
North District XC Relays at Edderton
Closing date Wednesday 28 September
Meanwhile, there’s been a change of venue for the National Short Course XC Champs in November.
Saturday 5 November is the date for this event, which has been held at Bellahouston for the past couple of years and grown in numbers significantly (with U20/Seniors racing 4K).
Now the venue will be King George V Playing Fields, Broadloan, Renfrew PA4 OSA. Check out the page on our Events section (in the Winter 2016/17 icon on the calendar).
BRITISH CROSS CHALLENGE SERIES
Prestwold Hall, Loughborough, will host the finale at the UK Inter Counties on 11 March 2017 for the very first time. The event also incorporates the trials for the IAAF World Cross Country Championships in Kampala, Uganda, so will have an added incentive alongside the chance to become the British Athletics Cross Challenge champion.
The Cross Challenge series will open at Teardrop Lakes in Milton Keynes on 12 November, which will be hosting a fixture for the third consecutive year.
Liverpool will once again host the popular fixture at Sefton Park on 26 November, acting as the trials for the European Cross Country Championships which will be held in Chia, Italy, in December. There were a record number of entrants for the event in 2015 with athletes coming from across Europe to be part of this much-loved fixture.
Antrim returns to host the third fixture of the series in January, and the first of 2017. Blackweir Fields in Cardiff will play host to the fourth fixture, a week after a trip to Antrim.
Fixtures for the 2016/17 British Athletics Cross Challenge series:
12 November 2016 – Teardrop Lakes, Milton Keynes
26 November 2016 – Sefton Park, Liverpool (Incorporating Trials for the European Cross Country Championships)
14 January 2017 – CAFRE, Greenmount Campus, Antrim
22 January 2017 – Blackweir Fields, Cardiff
11 March 2017 – Prestwold Hall, Loughborough (Incorporating UK Inter Counties Championships & IAAF World Cross Championships Trial)