For the 2018 Abbey Runners Grand Prix the rules are the same as last year. Continuing on from last year an added incentive is that all those who complete the minimum requirement of 4 short races, 2 medium races and a long run and who also compete on 3 of the 4 terrains will receive an exclusive Abbey Runners Grand Prix 2018 piece of kit!
- The Grand Prix will be based on your 7 best counting races
- Of those 7 races you need to complete a minimum of 4 short races, 2 medium races and any 1 long race to qualify for maximum points
- Across all the Grand Prix races that you compete in you need to ensure that they include 3 of the following 4 terrains – road, trail / multi terrain, cross country and fell (see FAQ’s below). To take part in 3 of the 4 terrains is enough and they don’t have to be a counting race
- There are 50 bonus points on offer for taking part in ANY one of the relays that Abbey Runners enter – These include Danefield, Washburn Valley, Calderdale Way, Bradford Millennium Way and Leeds Country Way.
Short races (up to 7.5 miles)
|Dewsbury 10K||Sunday 4th February||09:00||R||£17.60||Race full|
|PECO XC Race 5 – Temple Newsam||Sunday 11th February||11:00||XC||£3||On day|
|Epilepsy Action Bradford 10K||Now Sunday 29th April||09:00||R||£20||Open now|
|Charlesworth Chase (Simon’s Seat)||Saturday 19th May||11:00||F||£6||On day|
|Club 5K handicap||Tuesday evening 26th June||19:15||R||–||–|
|Otley Chevin Fell Race||Wednesday 6th June||19:30||F||£5||On day|
|Club Trip – Van’Elnor Trail||Saturday 9th June||Contact Liz Willis for details…|
|Staveley Stampede 10K||Sunday 24th June||11:00||T||£12.50||Open now|
|East Leeds 10K||Friday 6th July||19:00||T||£14||Open now|
|Firefighters 5||Sunday 12th August||10:30||R||£10||Open now|
|Kirkstall Abbey 7||Sunday 23rd September||10:00||T||£10||Open now|
|Bramley 10K||Sunday 21st October||08:30||R||£15||Open now|
|Abbey Dask 10K||Sunday 4th November||09:30||R||£18.80||Open now|
|PECO XC Race 1 (2018-19)||November TBC||11:00||XC||£3||On day|
Medium races (between 7.5 and 13.5 miles)
|Temple Newsam 10||Sunday 14th January||09:30||T||£15||Race full|
|Vale of York 10||Sunday 15th April||09:30||R||£21||Open now|
|Ripon 10||Sunday 13th May||10:00||T||£14||Open now|
|Otley 10||Wednesday 13th June||19:30||R||£13||Open now|
|Round Hill Fell Race||Sunday 5th August||11:00||F||£5||On day|
|Tadcaster 10||Sunday 16th September||10:00||R||£13||Open now|
|Rochdale Half Marathon||Sunday 7th October||10:00||R||£21.40||Open now|
Long race (over 13.5 miles)
Any road, trail or fell race where times and positions are recorded. The qualifying period is from Feb 1st to Nov 30th inclusive
If you are not entering a marathon here are some nearby races that are between 14 and 20 miles in distance. There are also a number of 10K/13.1M/26.2M/33M trail races at Kirkstall and Bolton Abbey over the course of the year
|Dentdale Run||Saturday 10th March||3 Lakes Classic (15 miles)||Saturday 16th June|
|Spen 20||Sunday 11th March||Northumberland Coastal Run (14 miles)||Sunday 29th July|
|Locke Park 20||Sunday 18th March||South Cheshire 20||Sunday 2nd September|
|Heptonstall Fell Race (15.4 miles)||Sunday 18th March||Yorkshireman Off Road HM (14.9 miles)||Sunday 9th September TBC|
|East Hull 20||Sunday 18th March||Chester Metric Marathon (16.3 miles)||Sunday 7th October|
|Trimpell 20||Sunday 18th March||Holmfirth 15||October 2017 TBC|
|Coniston 14||Sunday 24th March|
Do my best 7 races count regardless of distance?
No. Your total score is calculated by using your best 4 short race scores + your best 2 medium race scores + your best long race score
I’ve only managed 4 short and 2 medium races. Does that mean I don’t qualify for the Grand Prix because I didn’t complete a long race?
No. Everyone who competes in a Grand Prix race automatically qualifies for the Grand Prix. To receive the maximum amount of points though you will need to complete the minimum criteria of 7 races as stipulated above
I have run 7 races comprising of 4 short, 2 medium and 1 long. However these were only on road and trail
You still need to enter a cross country race or fell race to qualify for the full points available. In this instance we would only count your 6 best scoring races.
I have run 10 races on the grand prix calendar across road, trail and cross country. However my best scoring races are only road and trail – does this affect my overall score?
It doesn’t affect your overall score. If your 7 best counting races are road and trail, as long as your other 3 races include an XC or fell race then that meets the criteria
I have completed a long race. What do I need to do?
Send your race details including race, position and time to Martin Jones
How are the ‘Open’ and ‘Age Graded’ scores calculated?
For the open scores we calculate the race time (chip time) in seconds of the first male and first female runner. We then calculate each runner’s race time in seconds and use the following formula:
(First male or female time in seconds) / (your time in seconds) x 100 to 1 decimal point
For age graded scores we use the same times in seconds as above but we also need to calculate the age grade factor for your age at the specific race distance. For this calculation we use http://www.howardgrubb.co.uk/athletics/wmaroad15.html to work out the age performance factor using the 2015 WMA tables.
The final calculation is as follows:
(First male or female time in seconds) / (your time in seconds x your age performance factor to 4 decimal points) x 100 to 1 decimal point
Aren’t fell races difficult? Do I need extra kit to enter a fell race?
They can be difficult but like cross country they are open to all abilities and you will find runners of the same pace around you. We are also hoping to do recces of the fell race routes before race day.
In terms of kit it is a FRA (Fell Running Association) requirement to carry kit at all FRA registered races. The kit includes:
- Waterproof whole body cover (long sleeved jacket with hood and full length trousers)
- Hat and gloves
- Map of the race route and compass
- Emergency food
At shorter races and depending upon the weather conditions the race organiser may waive the need to carry kit but you must take it just in case
Most runners will carry their kit in a 3L bumbag/waist pouch or for longer races in a small ruck sack. The kit can be picked up cheaply at high street stores like SportsDirect or TK Maxx
What do the fell categories mean?
|A||Averaging no less than 250ft for every mile of climb, and no more than 20% of total distance on road|
|B||Averaging no less than 125ft for every mile of climb, and no more than 30% of total distance on road|
|C||Averaging no less than 100ft for every mile of climb, and no more than 40% of total distance on road|
|Short (S)||Under 6 miles (9.6k) in length|
|Medium (M)||Between 6 and 12 miles (19.3k) in length|
|Long (L)||More than 12 miles in length|