Lindsays National Team XC to return to Cumbernauld
Huge co-operation and assistance needed from clubs to give new-format event the best chance of going ahead
Entries are now open for the Lindsays National Team XC in Cumbernauld, due to be held on Saturday 24 October and Sunday 25 October. Covid-19 restrictions mean that the competition will take on a very different format to previous years.
They also mean that a significant number of volunteers are needed to make sure the event can go ahead safely and as planned.
Four races will be held over the weekend: one in the morning and one in the afternoon of each day. Younger runners will race on the Saturday and the U20/Senior/Masters athletes will compete on the Sunday. Each race will be made up of three legs over a 3km route in the parkland around Cumbernauld House.
Competitors will be set off in ‘wave starts’ with a maximum of 30 athletes. The waves will be run as a normal race, with cumulative time used to calculate team results.
In order to give as many clubs as possible to the opportunity to compete, entries are strictly limited to one team per club per age group.
Spectators will not be allowed, but clubs may nominate one team manager per age group to assist them on the day.
Due to the restricted numbers, Cumbernauld will not be a championship event this year, but there will be team leaderboards. The event will, however, offer runners the chance to qualify for the Lindsays Short Course XC event planned for Lanark in November.
Runners will also be able to qualify for that event through a Virtual 3K Challenge, with details to be released in due course.
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