Road Running League

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ABBEY RUNNERS ROAD RUNNING LEAGUE 2012
This year’s road running League began, as usual, the third week of January. You have until the second Sunday of October to accumulate points.

The Rules
Counting Races
1. Local races that are nominated each month in the Newsletter count in the League.
2. In addition to nominated races, you may claim points for any standard distance, measured, road or track race, wherever run –
(a) if is a half marathon or longer, or
(b) if it is a championship race for which you are entered and eligible
3. For a series of races of less than 10K, such as the Hyde Park or John Carr 5Ks, you can claim only your best point-scoring race from the series.
4. Results must be submitted to the editor so that points can be calculated.
Calculating points
5. Your score is the total of the scores from your 6 best results from counting races.
6. Points are calculated by comparing your official time with that of the winner (M or F as appropriate). We compare your time and the winner’s time, e.g if in a 10K the M winner were to do 33m00secs and you (an M Abbey), ran 44m00secs, your score would be 1980secs/2640secs x 100 = 75.0 points. In a distance-for-time race, e.g. a 24 Hour Race, points are based on distance rather than time.
7. For the Vets’ Competition you get a separate, age-graded score using the Age Graded Tables compiled by WAVA (World Association of Veteran Athletes) in 1994. Your age-graded score is your points calculated under Rule 6 divided by the appropriate age factor

Notes to the Rules

Notes to Rule 1. The number of counting races has to be limited in some way – this is why we have rules 1 and 2. Our League already counts more races than any other club’s comparable League (last year we counted about 30 local races and Abbeys also claimed points from another 15 or so ‘foreign’ races). If we allowed unrestricted counting of all races, it would swamp the database and the editor’s fragile mathematical abilities. Notes to rule 2. Under Rules 1 and 2we count only races at standard imperial or metric distances, which are measured, and are a road or a track race. Races at non-standard distances are excluded because we cannot cope with races at eccentric distances, however interesting they may be to run; also because the WAVA Tables (see Notes to Rule 7 below) cannot cope with non-standard distances. Time trials, such as Hyde Park, are excluded because they are not races (also, they may tend to be won in a time slower than a comparable competitive race, and thus give inflated points scores). Abbeys are welcome to suggest additional counting races to be included under rule 1 – email the Editor well before the Tuesday of the month in which the race is to take place if you want to suggest one – but the committee’s decision is final.
Notes to Rule 2(a). It is necessary to travel outside the local area to get a reasonable spread of marathons and other longer races, thus this exception from Rule 1.
Notes to Rule 2(b). The criteria of eligibility depend on the race, e.g. you would ordinarily be eligible for a County championship by birth or 9 months residence; for a national vets’ championship by club affiliation, etc.. Rule 2(a) is designed to cover the situation where you do, say, a 10K race in some other part of the country, which is not, of course, covered by Rule 1; we can’t include every 10K in the country because this would swamp the database, on the other hand it seems unfair to rule out championship races, thus Rule 2(b).
Notes to Rule 4. Though the editor is usually able to harvest results from the internet he occasionally needs a reminder.
Notes to Rule 6. Scores are rounded to one decimal point.
Some other leagues calculate points by comparing your time with a standard time for the distance (often the world record time), so that if you run the same time in two 10Ks, you would get the same score each time, whether the particular race was won in a fast, slow or average time. The Abbey League takes the opposite view; we recognise that a slower time in a ‘harder’ race may be worth more points than the faster time in an ‘easier’ race. For example, Abbeys who have done the mountainous Spen 20 and the billiard-table East Hull 20 would say that the same time is worth more in the former than the latter; weather conditions can also make a race slower for everyone than the times you would normally expect. The winners’ times in harder races are, generally, slower than in easier races, so our Rule 6 tends to give you credit for this difficulty factor. (Of course, it occasionally happens that a particular race is won in an unexpectedly slow time and you get more points than you expected – but that’s life, and no system is perfect.)
Notes to Rule 7. Using the example in Rule 6, if you were a male aged 44, your age factor is 0.9402 and your age-graded score would be 75.0/0.9402=79.8 points; if you were a male aged 52, your age factor is 0.8834 and your age-graded score would be 75.0/0.8834=84.9 points, etc. The maths are complicated, and it varies from race to race, but in very general terms, compared to a fellow vet of a younger age, you get very roughly a little over 0.5 of a point extra per year of age difference between you to compensate for your increasing decrepitude.

The league tables for both the open and the age graded (Vets) competitions will be published in the Abbey magazine

Tables up to 3rd May 2012 – OPENAGE GRADED

Past Winners

Year
Female Open
pts
Male Open
pts
.
Female Vet
AG pts
Male Vet
AG pts
2002
Victoria McParland
563.5
Mark Hetherington
481.6
.
Hetta Morath
569.8
Derek Martin
482.0
2003
Rachel Mackie
443.0
David Dickson
495.1
.
Catherine Ladd
447.5
Derek Martin
509.1
2004
Gillian Mackie
382.2
David Dickson
517.6
.
Catherine Ladd
475.9
Mark Hetherington
506.8
2005
Rachel Mackie
525.1
David Dickson
507.5
.
Catherine Ladd
465.9
Howard Cohen
504.3
2006
Rachel Mackie
515.8
Andy Wormald
524.6
.
Kate Bell
502.7
David Dickson
549.9
2007
Kate Bell
509.3
Andy Wormald
507.4
.
Catherine Ladd
482.3
John Ward
522.7
2008
Kate Bell
540.0
Jeremy Rogers
554.5
.
Catherine Ladd
515.5
Andy Wormald
577.9
2009
Lucy Partridge
531.2
Duncan Clark
554.3
.
Sharon Williams
554.1
Andy Wormald
608.1
2010
Sharon Woodruff
Andy May
Gail Tombs
Duncan Clark
2011
Lisa Rudkin
Duncan Clark
Gail Tombs
John Ward

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