‘I really regret that run.  Said no one.  Ever’

Who is involved? There are currently 13 Universities and Colleges participating in our cross-country programme.

What is there? Scottish Students Cross Country Championships in early December – both individual and team. The Scottish Student Cross Country National Squad is subsequently selected to compete against some of the best runners in the world in the televised Great Edinburgh Cross Country, in Holyrood Park, Edinburgh. Additionally, there are annual fixtures hosted by Edinburgh, Glasgow, Aberdeen and Heriot-Watt Universities. In addition, many Institutions provide running and jogging groups on a non-competitive basis, to promote physical activity and keep fit in partnership with jogscotland.

When does all this happen? All the events are generally on the weekends and spaced throughout the course of the academic year.


SSS have undertaken a consultation with the student clubs and scottishathletics, and have decided to equalise the distances run by both genders in the annual Scottish Student Cross Country Championships!

This will be brought in to play from the 2020 Championships onwards. The full report can be downloaded HERE.

Sport Chair: Michael Rimicans


Governing Body:

Scottish Athletics

For all British Universities & Colleges Sport (BUCS) Cross Country information, please see the Athletics section of the BUCS website.

SS Cross Country Winter Series

Six events hosted for students are included in the Scottish Student Cross Country Winter League. This year, each athlete’s overall score is calculated from the 4 best performances within these designated races. Make sure you enter to be in with a chance of being the overall winner! Our full Scoring Policy can be downloaded HERE.

1920 Winter Series

Chariots of Fire 5km Beach Race                                22/09/2019

Fresher’s Cross Country Race                                     09/10/2019

Scottish Student Cross Country Championships     02/11/2019

Braid Hills Race                                                              16/11/2019

5 Mile Road Race                                                          16/02/2020

Round the Grounds 5K                                                09/03/2020

Well done to Michael Rimicans (University of St Andrews) and Niamh Shaw (University of Dundee) for claiming the Men’s and Women’s Winter Series titles, respectively!

Top three placings can be found HERE and full results can be found HERE.

1819 Results

The final 2018-2019 Series Standings can be found HERE. Congratulations to University of St Andrews student, Kevin Wood, and University of Edinburgh student, Amy Frankland, for placing first overall!

SS Cross Country National Squad representation

The Scottish Students team is selected following results from the SSS championships. Placings at this race will determine the team that will compete in the Inter-District XC, as per the SS Cross Country National Squad Selection Policy

Congratulations to all runners in the 2019 Scottish Student Cross Country National Squads! You can find the results on the event page HERE