Everyone is encouraged to get involved the Club’s Cross Country Championships.
The Club has, for a number of years, competed in a cross-country league every winter. This league was originally supported by Today’s Runner, now Running Fitness, magazine. Several years ago the clubs decided to become a self-administrating league and is now known as the 3 Counties X-Country League reflecting the location of the member clubs.
The series involves 4-6 races between October - February. Dates are decided as the season approaches by the host clubs. Clubs registered in the league will generally take turns in hosting events. Races are over distances of approximately 5 miles. Men’s and women’s races are run together over the same course. Competitors must be over 16 years old on the day of the race. Entrance to these events is paid for by the Club.
Club xc championships
Cross Country championships are contested over the league series of events, plus the county championship, using a scoring system that has evolved over several years. The aim of the system is to allow everyone to compete, encourage people to run in all the events but not over penalize anyone who misses a single event. The aim, after all is to find the best consistent X-Country runner.
All league events and the county championship count towards the championship
Any person running in at least one event is automatically included in the championships
Points are awarded towards the championship according to the finishing position amongst the Flyers
Any event not competed in, scores points equal to the number of competitors plus one
A DNF scores points for last position within the category, rather than the full penalty for not bothering to try to run. These are recorded as finishing in position 999 in the results. Generally people marshalling at our event are awarded DNF points, provided they have already run in at least one event
A person running in an event for their first claim club, or before joining the Club has 500 added to their finishing position. This will place them between the club runners and the DNF's
At the end of the season all the championship points are totaled, discarding the worst score. This used to be 1/2 worst score, but has been amended for 2005/6 season onwards
The lowest total in each sex/age senior, vet & super-vet category wins
If a vet or super-vet wins the senior championship, then second vet takes vet championship etc
It may sound complicated but should be easier to understand by looking at the results table below.
The first column represents the finishing position. That can be either race position or position within category, the effect is the same
Championship points. Men and women score separately