Rio 2016 Olympian, Callum Hawkins, now returning to full training after his Gold Cost 2018 marathon collapse, helped governing body scottishathletics present Garscube Harriers with the Lindsays Trophy for cross-country participation at three winter national championship events.
The Glasgow-based club went from fifth in 2017 to winners this year, with 106 finishers at the Lindsays National XC.
Garscube topped a table now made up of a remarkable 103 clubs fielding at least one runner across the three events – up from last year’s tally of 75 different clubs.
"What’s happening at Garscube is a great example of club development in Scotland,’ said Callum, who has won the Senior gold twice at the Lindsays National XC but missed out this year as he prepared for Australia.
"For any club to manage to find 106 people to race the Lindsays National XC at Callendar Park really is a great effort. It’s credit to them and the coaches and team managers because that’s a huge representation for a single championship event."
Reflecting on the sport Callum said: "I presented the Lindsays Trophy last year to Giffnock North and was more than happy to get involved again this year because I think cross country is really important to the sport in Scotland.
"It was how I started out, really, and looking back that’s where I had early success – rather than in road running. My first Scotland and GB and NI vests came via cross-country.
scottishathletics chairman Ian Beattie, who is also Chief Operating Officers with Lindsays, congratulated Garscube Harriers on their achievement, ‘in the face of stronger competition than ever’.
Garscube Harriers President Jill O’Neil said: "We’re absolutely delighted to win the Lindsays Trophy for the first time.Every year we make a huge effort to encourage all of our athletes out to the cross-country to compete, spectate and support and it’s fantastic to be recognised in this way. The National Championship events across the season encapsulate all that is good about athletics in Scotland right now and we thoroughly enjoy being part of them."
2017/18 LINDSAYS TROPHY TOP 10 (with number of finishers)
- Garscube Harriers 230
- Giffnock North AC 214
- Edinburgh AC 175
- Central AC 167
- Cambuslang Harriers 162
- Corstorphine AAC 152
- Fife AC 137
- Falkirk Victoria Harriers 120
- Aberdeen AAC 117
- Kilbarchan AAC 116