Each year, our club has a momentous Grand Prix competition!
We choose a selection of ten races ranging from 10k to fell races – and everything in between. Everyone’s performances at these races are measured against predicative times based on a recent Gibside parkrun result. (Full rules below)
The Grand Prix is a brilliant way to try out new races with fellow club members, and is open to all.
2019 Fixture List
|Alnwick Castle NEHL XC||02/03/19||XC||Laps|
|Washington Trail 10k – SOLD OUT||28/04/19||Trail||10km|
|Pier to Pier, Sunderland||19/05/19||Mixed||7 miles|
|Blaydon Race – (Look out for date for club entries)||09/06/19||Road||6ish miles|
|Tynedale 10k||03/07/19 tbc.||Road||10 km|
|Jelly Tea 10 Road Race||25/08/19 tbc.||Road||10 miles|
|Prudhoe Miners Run||29/9/19 tbc.||Road||10k|
|Kielder Half Marathon (planned coach trip subject to numbers)||13/10/19||Trail||13.1 miles|
|Town Moor Half Marathon||18/11/19||Road||13.1 miles (laps)|
|Blyth Sands (Handicapped start)||01/12/19 tbc.||Beach||5 miles. Tide dependent!|
All dates with TBC are provisional as of Jan 2019.
Rules are simple
This season Grand Prix’s rules are based on Gibside Parkrun times. This allows us to generate predicted finishing times for each athlete over the season’s Grand Prix events.
You must complete a Gibside Parkrun in January or February 2019 to qualify to enter the Grand Prix, so make sure you get a date to run it in your diary. (This is to make sure the predicative times for races are based on everyone’s current performance, rather than months ago when you may have been slower or faster!)
You only need to do 5 races from the Grand Prix events list to qualify. If you do more than 5 events, the best 5 times will count. (You can still get a score even if you complete less than 5.)
The system is designed so that athletes are only actually competing against themselves and hopefully over the course of the season will accumulate a negative time (faster times than predicted). The male and female athlete with the best negative time will be deemed the winner and most improved over the season.
2018 Grand Prix
Well done to Bernadette Salmon and Simon Hutchinson, 2018’s well deserved Queen and King of the Grand Prix!
Other prizes awarded at our Christmas Party on Saturday 15 December at Pedalling Squares included:
- Vicky Parker and John Kirby, Most Improved
- Rob Richardson, C25k and so much more….
- Pauk Brunger, Most Decorated Runner
- Jenny Yeo, Hard as Nails
- Claire Knox, Spirit of DVRC
- Tony and Kirsty Robson, Lifetime Achievement Award