Competition Opportunities 2018-19



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There are many competitions that our athletes can compete in during the year; some are league matches that are team events selected by team managers; some are school events where entry is by school personnel only; and some are self-entry events where the athlete or parent can personally enter online using their Scottish Athletics username and password. The club pay for all league match fees and costs for self-entry events are incurred by the athlete/parent.

The aim of this document is to give you an understanding of each, and hopefully encourage greater participation in the events which will help promote athlete and athletics development. To illustrate I’ve used this year’s fixture list; same format every year but with slightly different dates.

All athletics events throughout the year are listed on the Scottish Athletics Events page:-


Forth Valley League

(U11 to U15) Boys and Girls

  • 29 April Meadowbank
  • 20 May Meadowbank
  • 24 June Grangemouth
  • 5 August Grangemouth

This is a league ideal for our less experienced athletes; it’s considered a developmental opportunity with an event for everyone irrespective of their ability. This is a team event with selection by team managers who will email all the athletes in the database in advance to check availability prior to selection. Coaches will encourage participation in this league to build athlete confidence and gain experience in competing.

Lower Youth Development League (YDL)

(U13 – U15 and U17 Challenge event) Boys and Girls

  • 23 April Ayr
  • 21 May Kilmarnock
  • 18 June Grangemouth
  • 29 July Final at Grangemouth

This is a junior league for our more experienced and capable athletes as the standard of competition is higher. Again this is a team event with team selection by team managers who will email parents with eligible athletes in advance to check availability.

Scottish Women’s League

(U13 to senior )

  • 16 April            Grangemouth
  • 9 July              Aberdeen
  • 5 August          Aberdeen

Central AC compete in this league as part of a Forth Valley composite team involving Falkirk Victoria Harriers, Livingston AC and Dunfermline AC. This is a league event with team selection by team managers.

Upper Youth Development League (YDL)

(U17 – U20) Boys and Girls

  • 30 April            Sheffield
  • 28 May            Leeds
  • 25 June           Doncaster
  • 23 July            FINAL  (Middlesborough or Sheffield depending on the level achieved)

This is a league for our older athletes and takes place in England. Central AC are part of a composite Forth Valley team and team selection is via team managers. This league exposes athletes to different competition and competitors and beneficial to their development.

Men’s League

(U20 – Senior)

  • 6 May              Aberdeen
  • 11 June           Crownpoint, Glasgow
  • 9 July              Grangemouth
  • 13 August        Grangemouth

This is a league for our older male athletes and team selection is via team managers.

Open Graded Events

These events are open to all athletes U13 to senior age groups and are essentially to give athletes the opportunity to put their training to the test and participate in events of their choosing and hopefully gain some pbs. These are self-entry events and are run at various locations as per the Scottish Athletics Events page above.

Scottish Schools Athletics Association (SSAA) Track and Field Championships

09/10 June, Grangemouth

This is a championship event for high school pupils where athlete entry is made by the schools only, the club has no involvement in this. From experience we know that some schools are more proactive in relation to this than others and every year some athletes seem to miss out because the schools miss the entry deadline. Athletes should speak to their PE teachers in advance and remind them to complete their entry if they meet the required standard. This is the same for the combined events schools championship which normally takes place in early June.

East District Championships

12 May, Grangemouth

As the name suggests, this is a championship event for clubs located in the east of Scotland which includes Central AC. This is for boys and girls aged under 13 and above and is a self-entry event.

Scottish Athletics National Championships

These are known as age group championships and take place in August. This is a self-entry event via Scottish Athletics and features athletes from all over Scotland and we regularly have competitors from Ireland, England and Wales.


The indoor track season starts around November every year and again, same as with outdoor season, consists of open graded events, league events, Scottish Schools events and national championships which mostly take place at the Emirates Arena, Parkhead, Glasgow.  Keep an eye on the Scottish Athletics events page to see when these are due to happen and get them in your diary so entry deadlines are not missed.

SAIL (Scottish Athletics Indoor League)

(U11 – U20) Boys and Girls

This is a league to cater for all standards of athlete; it is a team event and selection is via team managers who will email parents for availability in advance. It consists of 3 matches and a final with relays.


Club Cross Country Series

Club Cross Country Series is open to all junior athletes and younger or emerging athletes from Active Stirling Development Squads. Medals are available for participation in 4/5 events. Details are circulated throughout the club in the autumn.

Open Races

Athletes can enter themselves on the day and collect their own numbers. Open races are open to all athletes although some do not have U11 age groups.

Pre-Entry District and National Championship Races

Athletes are entered by team manager approximately 2 weeks in advance. It is your responsibility to inform the team manager, in plenty of time, if you want to be entered. Fees are paid with entry but athletes will reimburse team manager. Only those with currently valid Scottish Athletics membership will be accepted on closing dates. Note this is a hardening of last season’s situation, when athletes had a chance to get their membership up to date before race day.

Scottish Athletics Selection Races

Athletes who have been selected to run for the District/National teams will be informed by Scottish Athletics

Schools Events

As with the outdoor and indoor track schools events, the club have no involvement with entries for this. Speak to PE department and do not assume they have entered you, remind them in advance and before the deadline.

Cross Country Fixtures 2018-19

Date Event Venue Entry Fee paid by
13/10/18 East District relays Glamis Castle, Kirriemuir Club Club
20/10/18 East League 1 Stirling Uni Turn up and run Club
27/10/18 National Relays Cumbernauld Club Club
10/11/18 National Short course Lanark Equestrian Centre Club Athlete/club*
24/11/18 East League 2 Broxburn Turn up and run Club
8/12/18 East District Champs Aberdeen Club Athlete/club*
12/1/19 Inter-district Champs Stirling Selection by East District None
19/1/19 East League 3 Livingston Turn up and Run Club
2/2/19 National Masters Hawick Club Athlete/club*
23/2/19 National Champs TBC Club Athlete/club*
17/3/19 Junior Road Race Champs Royal Highland Centre Club Club
24/3/19 National 4 stage Road relays TBC Club Club

For relays, athletes/parents confirm availability to team managers, direct or through coach. The team manager organises teams. Multiple teams are entered, with top team based on capability.

For East League matches, club members just turn up and run, collecting a number from the club tent (all Central members run in ‘18’ and each club provides the names of runners in finishing order, so it is only necessary to ‘register’ with team managers at the tent). The club pays a subscription based on numbers of runners. Age groups rise from under 11 through to Masters, in all other events the youngest age group is under 13.

For individual championships, names must be provided to team managers who enter the teams, usually at least 2 weeks before the event. Race numbers are collected at the club tent.

*The club covers the entry costs of relay events from membership subscriptions. For East District and National Championships, the club covers the individual entry costs of all young athletes and any older athletes in full time education.

The Scottish athletics website provides further details in the ‘Events’ section.

Age groups are a continuation of ‘summer’ track 2018 age groups, but for indoor track they are the start of next season’s track. So a second year under 13 stays in under 13 for cross country, but moves to U15 for indoor athletics.

Only current club members are eligible to run in club colours and to count for teams. Otherwise it is simple club policy for all athletes that want to run, can. Just let team managers know or for the League races just turn up.

Team managers are:-

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