Abbey Runners Grand Prix 2019


Final tables as at 28th November 2019

Men Open

Women Open

Men Age Graded

Women Age Graded

For the 2019 Abbey Runners Grand Prix the rules are the same as last year. Additionally this year if you complete 3 target parkruns during between January and November 30th you will be rewarded with an additional 50 points. 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 2019 memento!

  • 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 of the monthly target parkruns over the course of the year until November 30th

Short races (up to 7.5 miles)

PECO XC Race 5 – Roundhay Sunday 10th February 11:00 XC
Post Hill 5K Sunday 9th November 10:30 T £5 Open now
Guiseley Gallop 10K Sunday 21st April 10:30 T £10.30 Open now
Ilkley Trail Race 10K Monday 27th May 11:30
Apperley Bridge Canter 10K Thursday 30th May 19:30 T
Club 5K handicap Tuesday 25th June 19:30 R
Otley Chevin Fell Race Wednesday 5th June 19:30 F £5
Club Trip Sunday 2nd June
Hyde Park Summer Mile Wednesday 26th June 18:45 R £7 Open now
Pudsey 10K Sunday June 16th 10:45 R £11 SOLD OUT
St Aidan’s 10K Friday 5th July 19:00 T £14 SOLD OUT
Firefighters 5 Sunday 4th August 10:30 R £10 Open now
Meanwood Valley Trail 7M Saturday 14th September 09:30 T £10 Open now
Kirkstall Abbey 7 Sunday 29th September 10:00 T £10 Open now
Abbey Dash 10K Sunday 27th October 09:30 R £23 Open now
PECO XC Race 1 (2019-20) Sunday 24th November 11:00 XC

Medium races (between 7.5 and 13.5 miles)

Temple Newsam 10 Sunday 13th January 09:30 T £15 Race full
The Kirkstall Calverley Cutter 18K/11.2M Saturday 26th January 11:00 T £10 Open now
Thirsk 10M Sunday 17th March 10:00 R £17.60 Open now
Baildon Boundary Way Half Marathon Sunday 7th April 09:30 R £17.60 Open now
Vale of York 10M Sunday 14th April 09:30 R £21 Open now
Otley 10M Wednesday 12th June 19:00 R £13 Open now
Vale of York Half Marathon Sunday 15th September 10:00 R £24 Open now
Round Hill Fell Race 8M Sunday 4th August 11:00 F £5 On day
Tadcaster 10M Sunday 17th November 10:00 R £16 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 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
  • 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
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


Men Open

Women Open

Men Age Graded

Women Age Graded


Men Open

Women Open

Men Age Graded

Women Age Graded


Men Open

Women Open

Men Age Graded

Women Age Graded


Grand Prix Results 2015 FINAL OPEN

Grand Prix Results 2015 FINAL Age


Grand Prix 2014 Results