Many running clubs feature an annual ‘Grand Prix’ competition designed to reward the ‘best’ all – round runners (men & ladies, ‘open’ & ‘age-graded’). Another benefit of such an arrangement is that it tends to ‘focus’ the club’s presence at a smaller number of ‘key’ races (rather than having a few runners at lots of races), which is good both for the perception of the club within the running community, and for fostering ‘post-race socialising’.
The Abbey Runners Grand Prix will be based on the points scored from 8 races (7 local races + any 1 ‘long’ race). In order to have a chance of winning, you will need to be prepared to race on a variety of surfaces (Road, Trail, Cross Country & Fell), but it will not be necessary to race on all 4 types of terrain (so, for example, fell runners who don’t want to run on road under any circumstances, will be able to avoid the dreaded tarmac and still be able to compete in the Grand Prix).
The races have been chosen on the basis of being (a) reasonably local, (b) spread out throughout the year, (c) reasonably easy to enter (unlike, for example, the Brass Monkey Half Marathon) and (d) suitable to all standards of runner and, mostly, all levels of experience.
Final results 2014
Age Grade results
If an official ‘club trip’ is organised this year, that race will be added as an extra choice in the appropriate category.
Short (up to 7.5 miles)
Dewsbury 10k (Road) 2nd February
PECO Cross Country League 2013-4 Race 5 (XC) 2nd March
Epilepsy Action Bradford 10k (Road) 16th March
Midgley Moor Fell Race (Fell) 23rd March
Guiseley Gallop (Trail) 20th April
Jack Bloor Race (Fell) 13th May
Apperley Bridge Canter (Trail) 22nd May (Date TBC)
Ilkley Trail Race (Trail) 26th May
Abbey 5k Club Handicap Race (Road) June 2014 (Date TBC)
Roundhay parkrun (Road) 12th July
West Yorkshire 5 Mile (Road) 10th August
Kirkstall Abbey 7 (Trail) 21st September (Date TBC)
Withins Skyline (Fell) 12th October
Bradford City Runs 10k (Road) 26th October
PECO Cross Country League 2014-15 Race 1 (XC) Nov 2014 (Date TBC)
Best 4 scores to count (must include at least one race from each of 3 categories: road, trail, fell, XC)
Medium (7.5 – 15.5 miles)
Dentdale Run (Road) 8th March
Bluebell Trail 10 (Trail) 4th May
Leeds Half Marathon (Road) 11th May
Austwick Amble (Fell) 26th May
Wharfedale Off Road Half Marathon (Trail/Fell) 7th June
Otley 10 Mile (Road) 11th June
Round Hill (Fell) 10th August
Huddersfield Hilly Half Marathon (Road) 5th October (Date TBC)
Harewood 10 (Trail) October 2014 (Date TBC)
Best 3 scores to count (must include at least one race from each of 2 categories (road, trail, fell). You may count the Wharfedale Off Road Half as either a trail or a fell race.
Long (over 15.5 miles)
Any road, trail or fell race where times and positions are recorded (see ‘Notification of Results’ below). The qualifying period for Long Races is Feb 1st – Nov 30th inclusive.
Best 1 score to count
There will be prizes (the number of which will depend on the number of runners participating) in the following categories: Men’s Open, Ladies Open, Men’s Age-Graded, Ladies Age-Graded.
Points will be calculated as follows.
For Men: (Race Winners Time / Abbey Runner’s time) x 100
For Ladies: (First Lady’s Time / Abbey Runner’s time) x 100
This is the same system used to calculate points in the Fell League (and for the previous Road Race League)
Age-Graded points will be calculated by adjusting the points score calculated above by applying the appropriate WAVA conversion factor.
Notification of Results
The results of all the races on the above list, and the ‘club trip’ race will be entered into the ‘master spreadsheet’ without any need for you to notify me. However, you must email me with a link to the results of your ‘long race’ as soon as they become available.
A minimum of 6 counting races must be completed in order to be eligible or a prize.
Final Results 07/12/13 – Open tables & Age Graded