Grand Prix Series Information

All of the races which count towards our 2020 Grand Prix Series have been cancelled except for the Worksop and Derby half marathons. We may be able to put some substitute races on in the last few months of the year. 

Here are the final points for all the qualifying contenders in the 2019 series: 

Name

Number of qualifying events

Points

Nicola Blatherwick

3

120

Michelle Hall

3

362

Katy Simpson

3

259

Name

Number of qualifying events

Points

Bruce Danby

3

86

Simon Hughes

4

203

Bill Lee

3

127

Richard Mayne

3

120

Ben Parker

3

179

Steven Rice

4

489

 

The races counting towards the series were revised in 2018.

In 2020 these will comprise the following runs :

The club 10k (12th May);

Worksop Notts. AAA Summer League 5 mile race (15th July);

Any Sherwood Pines Parkrun 5k on the first Saturday of a month;

One of the Derby (7th June), Newark (9th August), Robin Hood (27th September) or Worksop (25th 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.