Up and Coming Winter events

posted 29 Nov 2011, 15:17 by Matt Richardson   [ updated 29 Nov 2011, 16:32 ]

It's that time of year when in between cross country competitions there's not a lot going on.  Last weekend was one of the quietest in the Calendar with just two seniors competed in Parkruns.  There are a number of events coming up over the next few months worth noting in the calendar.  
On Boxing Day there is a handicap run at Beecraigs (7km or 14km) and also a short race up Cockleroy and back (about 1km) that is suitable for juniors.  These events are all but free (the junior race may cost 10p or something like that to cover the free chunky kitkat you get at the end) and are a much better way to spend Boxing Day than down the sales.

Saturday 14th January is the date for the third fixture of the East District League at Broxburn.  The first race starts at 1pm.  More details nearer the time for this one - we'll be looking for a big turnout from the club both juniors and seniors!

For the seniors, we should start thinking about a team for the Devils Burdens hill relay on Saturday 21st January.  6 runners are required for the four leg relay.  The two legs taking in East and West Lomond require runners to be in pairs as the navigation can be tricky and full winter weather on exposed hills presents it's own challenges.  Details are at http://www.scottishhillracing.co.uk/RaceDetails.aspx?RaceID=RA-0015 

On Saturday 11th February those seniors who get their entries in quick might want to compete in Scotlands most over-subscribed hill race, the Carnethy 5.  This is a tough race on the Pentlands and may be exposed to full winter conditions - not for the faint hearted.  There is a junior race that merely goes up Scald Law and back, but again this makes the cross country look fairly tame!  
If I haven't put you off, details are at http://www.carnethy.com/ri_c5.htm 

Finally last but not least, the Scottish National Cross Country Championships are once again on our doorstep in Callendar Park on Saturday 18th February.  Competitors must be over 11 (there is no U11 race).  It's a really well supported cross country event - highly recommended.  As a championship event the club will cover the cost of entry, but it is in advance so let me know if you are interested.

Matt Richardson,
29 Nov 2011, 16:32