Scottish Masters Cross Country Championships
According to the 1974 championship programme the first veterans cross–country race in Scotland was held at Pollok Estate, Glasgow on Staurday 20th March 1971. The results are recorded here.
The Scottish Masters Cross Country Championship has an interesting history. In 1972, the Scottish Veteran Harriers Club introduced an open championship - effectively a Scottish Championship since it was open to non-members. The results of these races, as far as we have them, are recorded here.
In 1985, the Scottish Cross Country Union introduced a Scottish Veteran Championship (over 40, over 50 and over 60), for men, for individuals with a single combined team race. Initially these races were held in conjunction with the Scottish Veteran Harriers Club race.
In 1989, Championships at 5 year intervals up to the age of 70+ were added with the proviso that place medals for 2nd and 3rd were only awarded if more than 5 and 10 athletes competed respectively. This is not taken into account in these results.
The Women's Championship was started by the Scottish Women Veteran Runners Association in 1974-5 for all women over 35. The Championship was continued by the Scottish Athletics Federation.
In season 2005-6, the SAL introduced an M35 category following the IAAF ruling.
In season 2010-11, the SAL abolished the M35 and W35 categories following the IAAF ruling.
In 2011 the following rules were brought in for the Championships. Masters Championships will be held in 5 year categories for athletes on or over 40 on the day of the race in accordance with the latest IAAF ruling. Athletes will compete only in their own 5 year age category but races may be combined for brevity.
M40, M45, M50, M55, M60 will run together over 8,000 metres
All women + M65, M70 etc will run together over 6,000 metres
Also in 2011 the IAAF re-introduced the W35 and M35 categories. They were re-introduced by SAL from 1/4/2012 thereby missing 2 championships.
From 1/10/2013, after consulting the Clubs, the RR&CC Commission decided to discontinue Championships for Masters F35 and M35.
Medals will be awarded as descibed here.
The inaugural Women Veteran Running Association Championship was organised by Dale Greig in 1975. In 1993 with the formation of the Scottish Athletics Federation, both mens and womens Championships were held at St Andrews.