Thursday 16th January 2020

Muddy Brilliant Success for our Cross Country National Squads

Under the dramatic backdrop of Stirling Castle, the 2020 Inter Districts Cross Country Championship was to be one for the ages.

Photo credit – Bobby Gavin

Incorporated this year within a British Cross Challenge event, the Scottish Student teams battled against elite home countries national squads and top club athletes alongside the usual fare of East, North and West district teams. All in all, there was a total of 113 athletes in the Women’s race and a total of 161 athletes in the Men’s race.

Owing to the strong fields assembled for each race, competitors surged from the start line at an electric pace and coping with this early surge in pace would be essential to getting the best out of oneself on the day.

The late, great Muhammad Ali once quipped “Ain’t nothing wrong with going down. It’s staying down that’s wrong” and the Men’s and Women’s Scottish student teams overcame more than a few thrills and spills on the muddy, twisty course, to become
Inter District silver and bronze medallists respectively.

“Today our student athletes demonstrated that they can mix it with top international athletes, their performances are a product of the excellent support they receive from their families, teammates, coaches and institutions. The results also reflect the up and coming nature of the sport amongst the student population, watch this space!”

Michael Rimicans – SS Cross Country Chair

In addition to our Inter-Districts team, there were also some stellar performances from other student athletes present. Particularly noteworthy were the results of the student athletes running for the National Squads, well done to Annabel Simpson (Glasgow University), Zoe Plfug (Edinburgh University), Holly Little (Queen Margaret University), Constance Nankivell (Edinburgh University), Kerry McAngus (Strathclyde University), Eloise Walker (Glasgow University), Niamh Carr (Edinburgh University), Jack Leitch (Edinburgh University) & Hamish Hickey (Stirling University). There was also an encouraging number of student athletes running in club vests.

The following athletes competed for the Scottish Student Sport team, where the first 6 finishers counted towards the medals. Please note that position only refers to placing against other Inter District athletes:


3rd Rebecca Johnson – University of Edinburgh

14th Lynn McKenna – University of Glasgow

16th Rhona Mowat – University of Heriot Watt

17th Zoe Bates – University of Aberdeen

30th Polly Edwards – University of Edinburgh

32nd Hannah Addison – University of Edinburgh

33rd Aofie Carr – University of Glasgow

38th Niamh Shaw – University of Dundee

41st Caitlin Arnott – University of Aberdeen

42nd Rhona Tytler – University of Edinburgh

43rd Carolyn Cameron – University of Edinburgh



8th Alexander Chepelin – University of Edinburgh

9th Eilsha De Mello – University of Edinburgh

11th Craig Jardine – University of Strathclyde (pictured, photo credit Bobby Gavin)

17th Alex Muir –  University of Edinburgh

18th James Dunn – University of Heriot Watt

22nd Callum Tharme – University of Edinburgh

23rd Tom Graham-Marr – University of Aberdeen

32nd Cameron Smith – University of Glasgow

34th Luca Fanottoli – University of Stirling

40th Alastair Thomas – University of Edinburgh

42nd Andrew McAngus – University of Strathclyde

47th Steven Murray – University of Aberdeen

Thank you to Stirling Council, the officials, organisers and volunteers for putting on such a fantastic showcase event for our sport.

Full results can be found HERE