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.
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)
NEHL Thornley XC (Saturday 11th February)
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 (Wednesday 5th July)
15 Northumberland Coastal Run (Sunday 23rd July)
16 Blyth Links Invitational (TBC)
17 Watergate 5k ( Thursday 31st August)
18 Blackhill Parkrun (TBC)
19 Haltwhistle Half Marathon (Sunday 24th September)
20 Keilder 10k (Saturday 7th October)
21 Hellhole 10k (TBC)
22 Town Moor Memorial 10k (Sunday 12th November)
23 NEHL XC (TBC)
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).