Lachlan Oates and Morag Millar topped the points tables to each land £750 in our Cross Country GP (photos by Bobby Gavin)
Lachlan Oates and Morag Millar are our 2022 winners in the Scottish Cross Country Grand Prix.
The series returned this winter after being shelved during 2020-21 because of Covid-19 restrictions and event cancellations.
When the action resumed across the mud there were familiar names in contention – and ultimately Shettleston Harriers athlete Lachlan and Central AC’s Morag recovered the titles they had won in 2019.
Jamie Crowe and Annabel Simpson were the last winners in 2019-2020 in a series which pays out a total of £4000 to athletes.
Lachlan picked up maximum points at the inter-Counties XC in Loughborough to make sure of his £750 top prize with 223 points as Crowe closed on 136 after the Lindsays National XC.
Double Olympian Andy Butchart took third on 100 points after competing in two events. A third Central AC athlete, Hamish Hickey, took fourth place with Falkirk Victoria’s Scott Stirling in fifth.
Completing the top 10 in the Men’s division were: Christian Graham (Lasswade AC), Ross Gollan (Shettleston Harriers), Jonny Glen (Inverclyde AC), Jamie Burns (Shettleston Harriers), Sol Sweeney (Perth Strathtay).
Morag won with 208 points as victory for Mhairi Maclennan at the Inter-Counties took the Inverness Harriers athlete to 193.
Sarah Tait of Lasswade was third on 171 points. Inverclyde AC athlete Nynke Mulholland was fourth and Gillian Black of VP-Glasgow took fifth.
Completing the top 10 in the Women’s division were: Catriona MacDonald (Bellahouston Road Runners) , Naomi Lang (Aberdeen AAC), Holly Page (Edinburgh Uni Hare and Hounds), Beth Ansell (Edinburgh AC), Eloise Walker (Edinburgh AC/Glasgow Uni).
There are two overall trophies on offer at the Lindsays National XC each year.
And we can confirm that Giffnock North AC are the winners of both of these – the AT Mays Trophy for overall performances in the male division and the Pat Spence Trophy for overall performances in the female division.
It’s very rare for one club to win both of these in the same year – Kilbarchan AAC did so back in 2007 – so many congratulations to Giffnock North AC and their athletes, coaches and team managers.
The Glasgow club won all six team medals in the U17/U15/U15 age group races.