The Scottish Veteran Harriers Club will be sending what may be a record number of athletes to the British and Irish Masters Cross Country International being hosted by the Northern Ireland Athletics Masters Association in Derry on 18th November 2017.  The series of races for Masters athletes in 5-year age group bandings from 35 up to 75 will take place on the Saturday afternoon on 18th November at Gransha Park in the City.

Male and female teams will compete at a high level and during the evening, following the series of races, there will be an annual dinner and presentation of awards at the Hastings Everglades Hotel – - on the evening of the race.

The event goes ahead with the support of Derry City and Strabane District Council and Visit Derry – see .  Also, check the Invitation Letter


We have arranged to earmark 50 double/twin rooms on the evenings of 17th and 18th November for the SVHC team at the Ramada Da Vinci’s Hotel – - at accommodation rates of £55 per person for B & B (two sharing) or £95 per room B & B (single occupancy) on a first come, first served basis.  They describe themselves as: -

… multi award winning 4 Star Da Vinci’s Hotel Derry is located on the Culmore Road, an urban setting on the banks of the River Foyle.  Situated just a short walk from Derry City Centre and ideally located to visit The Giant's Causeway, Royal Portrush Golf Course and Donegal’s breath taking scenery. 

The newly refurbished Grillroom Restaurant at Da Vinci’s Hotel provides an elegant setting to enjoy quality local food and experience our renowned service. …

Contact details (arrange your own accommodation and quote code BIXCM17 to claim the special rate) are: -

Email   - 

Phone -            028 2871 279111

In addition, Visit Derry have also outlined a selection of other hotels in the City.  These are: -

BIXCM2017 Accommodation Letter 2017.pdf (279,1 kB)

Athletes booking these hotels should use the same Booking Code – BIXCM17 - to take advantage of negotiated rates.

We expect there will be a courtesy bus running on a revolving basis to Gransha Park from the various hotels, but we’ll confirm closer to the event.

Entries and Results

In addition to the Home International Races there will be male and female Open Races of 8k and 6k respectively, on the same day with prizes for 1st, 2nd and 3rd places.

Results from last year’s Tollcross Event are 2016 Results


This will be advised closer to the date.

Organisation and Contacts

The SVHC teams will be managed as follows: -

Men’s' Team Captain John Bell
Women’s' Team Captain Ada Stewart
Finance and Admin Issues Andy Law & Campbell Joss

Contact details for any of the above can be found on the Committee page of this website.            

This group will be augmented as race day approaches and there will be a big team of volunteers, both from SVHC membership and other Scottish Athletic Clubs.

Scottish Team Selection

Individual age group teams will be selected through a 50/50 mix of Trial results and previous performances/current known form.  Team members will require to be current members of the SVHC.  The final team selection will be done after considering performances in the Selection Trial at Tollcross Park, Glasgow on Saturday 16th September.

The Course

Further details will be advised from NIMAA closer to the date.

Club Support for Team Members

The Club will provide a travel subsidy of £40 per athlete and this year we are going to provide each selected member with a pair of running shorts based on the current Scottish Athletics pattern.


While we are making no Club arrangements for the travel to the event, Ryanair fly from Glasgow to Derry City Airport and for those thinking of going by ferry Stena Line sail from Cairnryan to Belfast and P & O from Cairnryan to Larne.  For those who going to the event in any case (or are confident of selection) would get the best price for flights by booking early!).


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