Grand Prix

Grand Prix

 Congratulations to our 2016 Grand Prix winners – Stuart Smith & Beryl Fraser Stockdale

The points table will shortly be reset and the attention will turn to the 2017 competition, starting with Blackhill Parkrun Saturday 4th Feb

Grand Prix Format Change

The scoring system will remain the same as in previous years, members can participate in as many of the listed events as they want, however only their best 12 scoring events will count to the final Grand Prix table. Note : the time carry over period for events has changed from 3 years to 2 years.

Points Cap

To prevent one or two run-away winners dominating the competition the maximum score you can achieve for any one race will now be 100 points.

The Wild Card

You can substitute any Grand Prix race, with any other race of your choice (minimum distance 10k)  but you MUST declare your intention BEFORE you run the substitute race,

Anyone who runs any of the races below will be automatically entered into the Grand Prix. This makes things a whole lot simpler for the results fairies, rather than trying to chase people down to ask if they want to be included. If, for whatever reason, you really don’t want to be included please let John know


2017 Grand Prix Races


Blackhill Parkrun (Saturday 4th February)

2 NEHL Thornley  XC (Saturday 11th February)



3 NEHL Alnwick XC (Saturday 4th March)

4 Coniston 14 (Saturday 25th March)



5 Manchester Marathon (Sunday 2nd April)

6 Transped Blyth Valley 10k (Sunday 9th April

7 North Tyneside 10k (Sunday 16th April)

8 Keswick Half Marathon (Sunday 30th April)



9 Pier to Pier (Sunday 14th May)

10 George Ogle Memorial Race (Wednesday 24th May)

11 Edinburgh Half Marathon (Sunday 28th May)



12 Blaydon Race (Friday 9th June)

13 Newburn River Run ( Wednesday 14th June)

14 Tynedale 10K (Tuesday 27th June)



15 Northumberland Coastal Run (Sunday 23rd July)



16 Blyth Invitational 10k (Tuesday 29th August)

17 Watergate 5k ( Thursday 31st August



18 Haltwhistle Half Marathon (Sunday 24th September)

19 Hellhole10K (Sunday 24th September)




20 Druridge Bay XC (Sunday 8th October)

21 Keilder 10k (Saturday 7th October)

22 Blackhill Parkrun (Saturday 14th October)



23 Heaton Memorial 10k (Sunday 12th November)



The Scoring System

This presented us with a few headaches as we needed something that was going to work fairly right across the board, and with the club having such a diverse membership, it wasn’t easy. We now hope that we have come up with such a system, and that you’ll agree it’s fair for everyone, no matter what their ability.

Put simply, the idea is to run as many races as possible to achieve your best 12 points scoring races,  Participating runners will receive points based upon a comparison of a previous (within the last 2 years) personal best for that race. Don’t worry if you want to run a particular race, but have no previous form. You will still receive points for doing so (see below).


10pts – 3+ mins over PB
15pts – between 2 mins 1 sec, and 3 mins over PB
20pts – between 1 min 1 sec, and 2 mins over PB
30pts – within 1 min over PB
35pts – Equal to PB
40pts – upto 30 secs improvement on PB
45pts – between 31 secs, and 1 min improvement on PB
50pts – between 1 min 1 sec, and 1 min 30 secs improvement on PB
55pts – between 1 min 31 secs, and  2 mins improvement on PB
+5pts – for every extra 30 secs over 2 mins improvement on PB, up to a maximum of 100 points
25pts will be given for running any race with no recent form



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