Grand Prix Series Information

Here are the points following the 10k, the first of the Gedling Parkruns, the Worksop Summer League Race, and both the Newark and Robin Hood Half Marathons to count in the 2019 series :

Name

Number of qualifying events

Points

Nicola Blatherwick

1

50

Penny Durance

2

151

Pam Dutton

1

50

Barbara Garrett

1

50

Kat Hall

1

50

Michelle Hall

2

204

Heidi Harris

2

86

Terri Howell

2

120

Chloe Lucas

1

50

Katy Simpson

3

259

Anne Stefaniak

2

100

Name

Number of qualifying events

Points

Adam Carney

1

50

Darren Corbett

1

50

David Crowe

1

50

Bruce Danby

3

86

Richard Durance

1

50

Ian Haigh

1

120

Steve Hargrave

2

91

Martin Harrigan

2

275

Joss Howell

2

69

Simon Hughes

4

203

Bill Lee

3

127

Richard Mayne

2

100

John O’Shea

1

57

Steven Rice

4

489

Andrew Thorne

1

65

Dan Wheat

2

149

 

The races counting towards the series were revised in 2018.

In 2019 these comprise the following runs :

the club 10k (7th May);

Worksop Notts. AAA Summer League 5 mile race (10th July);

a nominated Gedling Parkrun 5k (15th June or 2nd November - faster time to count);

and one of the Newark (11th August), Robin Hood (29th September) or Worksop (27th October) half marathons (fastest time to count).

Points are awarded for participation and for improvement on past performance. There is a trophy each for the man and lady runner with the most points.


Grand Prix Points

Currently for all of the races, runners' average times over the last three years are taken as a benchmark.

In order to set a feasible goal, target times are then devised as follows:

  • 1 & 3 miles & 5k Target time = Average + 30 seconds
  • 5 miles & 10k Target time = Average + 60 seconds
  • 10 miles and half marathon Target time = Average + 100 seconds

20 points are allocated for just running, then additional points are gained by running inside your target time, more precisely:

  • 1 & 3 miles & 5k 1 point for each second inside your target time
  • 5 miles & 10k 1 point for every 2 seconds inside your target time
  • 10 miles and half marathon 1 point for every 3 seconds inside your target time

Three year average times can decrease (get faster) by any amount, but can only increase (get slower) in any consecutive years by a maximum of:

  • 1 & 3 miles & 5k 10%; 5 miles & 10k 7%; 10 miles and half marathon 5%

For new members or members who have no previous race history in any particular event(s), 50 points will continue to be awarded for just running each race. The times recorded will then be used for the following year's target.

Overall it is a fair system that equates recent performance with distance and gives everyone a fighting chance to win the two trophies.