25 Feb

Clubs head to the hills for Lindsay’s National XC

Club runners from across Scotland headed to Falkirk’s Callendar Park on Saturday (23 February) to take part in this year’s Lindsay’s National XC meet.
Olympian Steph Twell, taking on the challenge for the first time, won the women’s gold medal – besting a field of more than 300.  
More often to be found on the track or on the road, Twell triumphed over Moira Stewart (Cambuslang) and 2017 winner Morag Millar (Central AC).
Twell told scottishathletics: “It’s a terrific event in itself and I was thrilled to be part of it. To be on the start line with such a big field for the women’s race was epic. Seeing all those club vests together really shows there’s something very good happening in athletics in Scotland right now.”
With 24 clubs in the running for the senior women’s team prize, Fife AC took it home for the first time, just two points clear of both second place Hunters Bog Trotters and Shettleston.   
Central AC, whose six men all finished within the top 32, triumphed over the 41 other clubs in the senior men’s team competition. Cambuslang bested Inverclyde by four points for the silver.
In the 700-plus strong men’s race, Adam Craig (Inverclyde) finished nearly a minute clear of Kevin Wood (Fife AC) and third placed Michael Christoforou (Edinburgh).   
Craig told scottishathletics: ‘‘I loved it and felt good out there. I tried to hold back but, to be honest, after half a mile I was ready to push it on. I did a session on Thursday which surprised me and felt good – and the conditions certainly suited me today.
“You look at the weather forecast, of course you do, and I was thrilled it wasn’t a mudbath!”
Full results are available from scottishathletics.
Image: Fife AC