Abbey Runners Grand Prix 2022

 

Men Open

Women Open

Men Age Graded

Women Age Graded

For the return of the Abbey Runners Grand Prix in 2022, the rules are the same as previous years.

  • 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. 
  • There are 50 bonus points on offer for taking part in ANY 3 target parkruns over the course of the year until November 30th

As an added incentive, 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 2022 memento!

Short races (up to 7.5 miles)

St Aidans Winter BeastSunday 30th January10:00XC£15Open now
Dewsbury 10kSunday 6th February9:00R£18.50Race Full
PECO XC 2021-22 Race 5, Roundhay ParkSunday 20th February11:00XC£7Open Now
Ilkley Moor Fell RaceSunday 6th March11:30F£10Open Now
Guiseley GallopSunday 17th April10:30T£17.80Open Now
Cookridge Community RunSunday 22nd May9:30T£18Open Now
Apperley Bridge CanterCancelled
Club Trip
(Blackpool Music Run 10k)
Sunday 17th July12:00R£25.60Open Now
Ilkley Trail RaceFriday 3rd June 11:30T£12Open Now
Otley Chevin Fell RaceWednesday 1st June19:30F£7Open Now
Summer MileWednesday 29th June18:30R£8Open Now
Club HandicapTBCTBCR£0TBC
Harrogate 10kSunday 3rd July10:00T £17Open Now
Ingleborough Fell RaceJuly (TBC)TBCFTBCTBC
Firefighters 5August (TBC)TBCRTBCTBC
Kings ChallengeAugust (TBC)TBCFTBCTBC
Escrick 10kCancelled
Kirkstall Abbey 7September (TBC)TBCTTBCTBC
Knaresborough Crag Rat RunSunday 25th September11:00T£10Open Now
Post Hill ChallengeSaturday 12th November10:30T£8Open Now
PECO XC 2022-23 Race 1 November (TBC)TBCXCTBCTBC

Medium races (between 7.5 and 13.5 miles)

Temple Newsam TenSunday 9th January9:30T£17.50Open Now
Liversedge Half MarathonSunday 13th February11.00R£17.80Open Now
Leeds Half MarathonSunday 8th May9:45R£37Open Now
Otley 10Wednesday 8th June19:00R£15.50Open Now
Round Hill Fell RaceSunday 7th August11:00F£5Entry on Day
Vale of York Half MarathonSunday 11th September9.30R£25Open Now

Tadcaster 10

Sunday 20th November10:00R£17Open Now
St Aidans Trail Half MarathonSunday 16th October10:00T£19Open Now
Rombalds RompOctober (TBC)TBCFTBCTBC
Guy Fawkes 10Sunday 6th NovemberTBCRTBCTBC

Long race (over 13.5 miles)

Any road, trail or fell race where times and positions are recorded. The qualifying period is from January 1st to November 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 RunMarch 3 Lakes Classic (15 miles)June
Spen 20March Northumberland Coastal Run (14 miles)July
Locke Park 20March South Cheshire 20September
Heptonstall Fell Race (15.4 miles)March Yorkshireman Off Road HM (14.9 miles)September
East Hull 20March Chester Metric Marathon (16.3 miles)October
Trimpell 20March   
Coniston 14March   

FAQ’s

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 a 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 Adam Ellis.

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 are using the Age Grade Factors from the updated 2020 Age Grading tables at https://github.com/AlanLyttonJones/Age-Grade-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
  • Whistle
  • 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?

Fell categories 
AAveraging no less than 250ft for every mile of climb, and no more than 20% of total distance on road
BAveraging no less than 125ft for every mile of climb, and no more than 30% of total distance on road
CAveraging 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

FINAL RESULTS FOR WINTER GRAND PRIX 2020-21

Men Open

Women Open

Men Age Graded

Women Age Graded

FINAL RESULTS FOR 2020

Men Open

Women Open

Men Age Graded

Women Age Graded

FINAL RESULTS FOR 2019

Men Open

Women Open

Men Age Graded

Women Age Graded

FINAL RESULTS FOR 2018

Men Open

Women Open

Men Age Graded

Women Age Graded

FINAL RESULTS FOR 2017

Men Open

Women Open

Men Age Graded

Women Age Graded

FINAL RESULTS FOR 2016

Men Open

Women Open

Men Age Graded

Women Age Graded

FINAL RESULTS FOR 2015

Grand Prix Results 2015 FINAL OPEN

Grand Prix Results 2015 FINAL Age

FINAL RESULTS FOR 2014

Grand Prix 2014 Results