Cross Country races involve fairly large numbers of runners with a wide range of ability. Anyone fit enough to run the distance can compete for the club as an individual or part of a team, (ask your coach for advice about your suitability for competing). All athletes run in Club Vests and must be members of Scottish Athletics. (Membership forms available at: www.scottishathletics.org.uk)
Details of races are usually sent to the club secretary and copies are handed out to athletes a week or so before the event. You can also usually find details on the Scottish athletics website. It is advisable to arrive at races at least one hour before race start time in order to register, walk course and warm up. Races start EXACTLY on time. Warm clothing is essential and a change of clothes for wet weather is a good idea. Races are very rarely cancelled because of adverse weather conditions.
CROSS COUNTRY 2017/18
|Date||Event||Venue||Entry||Fee paid by|
|14/10/17||East District relays||Glamis Castle, Kirriemuir||Club||Club|
|21/10/17||East League 1||Stirling Uni||Turn up and run||Club|
|11/11/17||National Short Course||Kircaldy||Club||Athlete/club*|
|25/11/17||East League 2||Alloa||Turn up and run||Club|
|9/12/17||East District Champs||Livingston||Club||Athlete/club*|
|13/1/18||Inter-district Champs||Holyrood Park||Selection by East District||None|
|20/1/18||East League 3||Broxburn||Turn up and Run||Club|
|17/2/18||Club Championships||QV School, Dunblane||Athlete pay on day||Athlete|
|24/2/18||National Champs||Callendar Park, Falkirk||Club||Athlete/club*|
|18/3/18||Young athletes road races||Battery Park, Greenock||Club||Club|
|25/3/18||National 4/6 stage Road relays||St Margaret’s Academy, Livingston||Club||Club|
For relays, athletes/parents confirm availability to team managers, direct or through coach, team manager organises teams. Multiple teams are entered, with top team based on capability.
For 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.
For juniors, the club runs a Cross country Series, free for all, the Club Championships is also part of this series, but this goes from Under 11 (min age 9 on the day) to masters.
*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 2017 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
East District League
There are 4 races in this league held at different locations; last year they were at Stirling University, Broxburn, Dundee and Falkirk.
At each race each age group obtains points for each runner based on their finishing position. It is important t have full teams as incomplete teams receive penalty points. Points for all the races are added together for each age group to establish the winning clubs and individuals.
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/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.
Scottish Athletics Selection Races
Athletes who have been selected to run for the District/National teams will be informed by letter from Scottish Athletics
As with the outdoor/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.