The cross country relays will soon be upon us and it’s time to let your team managers know if you want to be entered for these events. The East District Relays are at Camperdown Park Dundee on 8th October and the Scottish Relays are at Cumbernauld on 22nd October. For the senior athletes, each leg is 4k and the men’s teams have 4 runners, the women’s teams 3 runners. All members are encouraged to take part and team managers will make up the teams after reviewing who we have entered. So if you would like to run, please contact Alex McEwan or Joanne Thom by Thursday 22nd September and they will take care of your entry. Junior athletes should contact their club coaches for cross country details.
EAC pays the entry fees for these events, but please do not asked to be entered if you are unlikely to run, as we have to pay the entry fees when we submit the names and will have wasted club funds if you decide not to run after that.
Please note that for these events, you must wear a club vest when running and you also should have your Scottish Athletics membership up to date and provide your Team Managers with a note of your SA Number. Both events also incorporate Masters championships, which is V40 for both men and women.
Further details of each race can be found on the Scottish Athletics website:-
In preparation for the Cross Country events, we will be providing specific cross country training for our EAC race squads during our Thursday night sessions for 2 or 3 weeks starting on 15th September. If you are intending to take part in any of the cross country events, please try to make it along to these sessions. There are no entry requirements or standards and it would be great to see as many as possible at both the training sessions and the races. Not only will these sessions help prepare you physically, they will also be great for team building and support.
For these Thursday sessions, we will meet at the Meadows as usual at 7pm and instead of a lap of the Meadows as a warm up, the warm up will be a jog to Holyrood Park where we will then run our session. We hope that everyone who normally turns up on a Thursday will join in with these sessions, but if anyone doesn’t want to get mud on their new shoes, Alex will still provide a session at the Meadows, while Garry will head to Holyrood Park with the EAC race squads and anyone else who would like to join in.
These sessions will also be an opportunity to get reaquainted with your spikes or studs that have been in the bottom of a cupboard gathering dust since February! or indeed try out your new shoes before serious racing begins. You will however be able to do the sessions in your normal trainers if you don’t want to carry your cross country shoes with you.
Lets prepare and look forward to an enjoyable and successful cross country season.