2020 Grand Prix fixtures announced!
Each year, our club has a momentous Grand Prix competition!
We choose a selection of races ranging from 5k to fell races – and everything in between. For every race you run, you will accumulate points.
Points for showing up, points for your performance if you are faster than your predicative times based on a recent Gibside Parkrun result, points for your position. (Full rules below.) You don’t need to do any of the number crunching though, as our resident expert Carole will do the scoring. Just turn up and run!
The Grand Prix is a brilliant way to try out new races with fellow club members, and is open to all.
Bottoms Up Cup 5k
|Sat-15-Feb||Chopwell Moon Runner 10k||10k||Trail||Chopwell Woods|
|Sat-21-Mar||Cow Bell 5k Road Race||5k||Road||Newcastle Town Moor|
|Fri-10-Apr||Elswick Good Friday Relays||Relay||Road||Newburn Riverside|
|Sun-19-Apr||Sand Dancer 10km MT||10k||Multi-terrain||South Shields|
|Sun-17-May||Pier to Pier||7m||Trail||South Shields|
|Sun-14-Jun||Cheviot Trail Race Kirk Yetholm to Wooler||13m||Trail||Wooler|
|Sun-05-Jul||Bottoms Up Cup 5k||5k||Mix||Northumberl’d|
|TBC||Auckland Castle Trail Race||5m||Trail||Auckland Castle|
|Sun-20-Sept||Prudhoe Miners Race||5m||Trail||Prudhoe|
|TBC||Druridge Bay NEHL XC||XC||XC||Northumberl’d|
|Sun-15-Nov||Brampton to Carlisle 10 Mile (coach trip planned)||10m||Road||Brampton|
All dates with TBC are provisional as of Jan 2020.
- Moving to points based scoring, with points accumulated by various methods
- Enter as many races as you wish – your best 5 scores count, plus bonus points
- We need your Gibside parkrun times to predict Grand Prix race performance. So get yourself down to Gibside on a Saturday at 9am before the end of March!
How to score points:
- 1 point for turning up and running! BONUS – the more races you do, the more points you get (even beyond the minimum 5 race requirement)
- Performance versus predicted time (prediction based on Gibside Parkrun). 1 point for every minute faster than your predicted time up to a maximum of 5 points. No minus points if your time is slower than predicted.
- Race position versus club runners – 5 points for finishing first, down to 1 point for 5th place (split male/female)
- Cross Country Bonus Points – to encourage more people to participate in Cross Country, you gain 1 point for each race you do (Wrekenton, Lambton Estate, Aykley Heads). Note – this is extra to the Druridge Bay round which is one of the Grand Prix races.
Grand Prix Scoring – Example 1
Mo Farah (new member) does 8 races, plus 3 XC fixtures
Best 5 Race Scores:
Race 1 – 5th club male and 1 minute faster than predicted = 1+1+1 (attendance) = 3 points
Race 2 – 2nd club male and 3 minutes faster than predicted = 4+3+1=8 points
Race 3 – 15th club male and 7 minutes slower than predicted = 0+0+1=1 point
Race 4 – 6th club male and 45 seconds faster than predicted = 0+1+1 point=2 points (round up to a minute)
Race 5 – 1st club male and 8 minutes faster than predicted = 5+5 (capped)+1=11 points
Bonus race attendance (above mandatory 5) plus 3 XC fixtures = 3+3=6
Grand Prix Scoring – Example 2
Paula Radcliffe does 16 Grand Prix races and 3 XC races
Best 5 Race Scores:
Race 1 – 20th club female and 5 minutes slower than predicted = 0+0+1 (attendance) = 1 point
Race 2 – 18th club female and 1 minute faster than predicted = 0+1+1=2 points
Race 3 – 12th club female and 3 minute faster than predicted = 0+3+1=4 point
Race 4 – 8th club female and 5 minutes faster than predicted = 0+5+1 point=6 points
Race 5 – 6th club female and 8 minutes faster than predicted = 0+5 (capped)+1=6 points
Bonus race attendance (above mandatory 5) plus 3 XC fixtures = 11+3=14
2019 Grand Prix
Well done to Bernadette Salmon and Marc Runkee, 2019’s well deserved Queen and King of the Grand Prix!