Cross Country

Key Information

SS Cross Country comprises of all of the long distance running events – cross country, hill and road racing.

The main league within our programme is the Winter League Series. This comprises of a series of races across Scotland that are organised by individual universities or colleges. The races offer a supportive and encouraging environment for everyone to compete in – whether you are a beginner or a well-seasoned XC runner! For more information on the Winter League series please see below. Alongside the league series, SS Cross Country also hosts numerous Championship events across all 3 disciplines and competes as a National Squad in the Inter-Districts.

For more information about the races on offer at your University/College please get in touch with your Institution’s Cross Country Club or contact the SS Cross Country Chair on the following details:

Sport Chair: Katie Lowery


Governing body: Scottish Athletics

Upcoming Cross Country Events

You might want to know…

  • Cross Country is a BUCS (British Universities and Colleges Sport) sport as apart of their Athletic programme! For more information on the whole programme, click HERE.

  • The Winter League series comprises of 6 events across the Cross Country season – starting in September and finishing in March.  Dates for the 21/22 season will be updated here shortly.

    Each athlete’s overall score will be made up of their top 3 performances across the series – hence, the athlete with the fewest points will become the Winter League Champion.

    The full scoring policy can be downloaded HERE.

  • The Scottish Student Cross Country programme includes 5 Championship Events:

    • Cross Country Championship
    • 5km Relay Championship
    • Half Marathon Championship
    • 10km Road Race Championship
    • Hill Running Championship

  • Each season, our Cross Country National Squad has the opportunity to compete as team against the other districts of Scotland at the Inter-district Championships.

    For more information on how the team is selected, click HERE.

  • #RUNEQUAL – Following consultation with the student cross country clubs and Scottish Athletics, race distances at the SSS Cross Country Championships have now been equalised – brought in for the 2020 Championships. Read the full report here!

Meet your Sports Chair

Katie Lowery

Katie got into running when she was 13 years old when a friend’s dad took her to the local athletics club – Macclesfield Harriers. Katie had great fun trying all the disciplines and has a pretty impressive long jump PB for a distance runner!  Since joining University of Edinburgh, Katie realised how many types of distance running there are and has since enjoyed testing herself on the track, hills, cross country and road.

Katie graduated her undergraduate degree in Mathematics in 2020 is now studying a Master’s degree in Carbon Management, also at University of Edinburgh. She plans to keep up running as the running community is one big family where everyone is friends and supports each other.

Katie says: “Being part of a team is wonderful – being there to support each other, compete with each other and socialise together gives a massive sense of belonging. This is why I would encourage everyone to get involved in a sports team when they join university or college!”

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