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2018 Championship rules

Club Championship 2018

Category A – Trail/hill races

Race NameRace TypeRace DistanceRace Date

Gartmorn 6

Trail

6 miles

March 11

Dumyat hill

Hill

4.9 miles

May 2

Kinnoull hill

Trail

4 miles

May 17

Balmullo trail 

Trail

4 miles

August 9

Club 5k

Trail

5k

end October

Category B – Short road races

Race NameRace TypeRace DistanceRace Date

Dunblane

Road

12k

May 28

Milnathort

Road

5.25 miles

end June (midweek)

Brig Bash

Road

5 miles

early July (midweek)

Killin 10k

Road

10k

August 25

Category C – Long road races (10 miles or longer)

Race NameRace TypeRace DistanceRace Date

Tom Scott 10

Road

10 miles

April 1

Loch Leven half

Road

13.1 miles

May 12

Neil McCover half

Road

13.1 miles

October 14

The Championship is open to all members of Strathearn Harriers over the age of 16. The Championship consists of a series of 12 nominated races. You can do as many of the races as you wish.

In order to complete the Championship a minimum of 5 races must be completed, with at least 1 race from each of the three categories shown:

  • trail/hill races
  • short road races
  • long road races.

If you cannot manage any of the nominated races in a category, you can use a wildcard to complete another race in the same category. For example, if you cannot enter one of the three long road races, you can use a wildcard with any other road race of 10 miles or more, such as the Tay 10, or any other road half-marathon, such as Alloa, Edinburgh, Dundee, Islay, Mull, and so on.

16-17 year-olds There are very few, if any, long road races open to 16-17 year-olds, so runners aged 16 and 17 do not need to run a long road road. 16-17 year-olds get an extra wildcard to compensate.

The 5 best races for each runner will be added to give performance points. In addition, 1 appearance point is given for every Championship race run. To gain the appearance point, you must run in Harriers vest or top.

In addition to the nominated races, you have 2 wildcards (3 for 16-17 year-olds). Wildcard races should be nominated prior to the race to the Championship organiser Tony Wayte (email/Facebook/text would be best). Wildcards can count as one of the best 5 races and so count towards the Championship.

A wildcard must be a race that has a Scottish Athletics/UK Athletics permit, has a field of at least 100 and takes place within the timescale of the championship. It will be the responsibility of the person playing their wildcard to provide the Championship organiser with a full set of results of the race or it will not be counted.

Everyone has one joker they can play. This must be nominated for a specific race in the same way as the wildcard to the Championship organiser before the race. Playing your joker means that points scored for that race before an appearance point is added are doubled. Jokers can be played on wildcard races, but you cannot play your joker at the Club 5k.

Championship points will only be awarded to runners listed in the official results. Runners running under someone else’s name will not get race or appearance points. If race places are exchanged, this can only be done with the express agreement of the race organisers in advance of the race.

Championship points will only be awarded to paid-up members of the club.

The winners of the championships will be the man and woman with the most points after the last formal championship race (the club 5k in October) has been run.

You can download these rules and the race dates here.

Calculating the points

The points that a runner receives are worked out in relation to the winning time of the race
and there is a correction factor for age.

To take an example:

The winning time of a race is 30 minutes.
Runner X is 45 years old and finishes in 36 minutes.
Runner X’s time is divided by the winner’s time to give a number:

  • 36 ÷ 30 = 1.2 

That number is then subtracted from 2 and the resulting number is
multiplied by 10.

  • 2 – 1.2 = 0.8 × 10 = 8 

That number is multiplied by a factor depending on age:

  • 1+ your age divided by 100: in this case 1.45 

So the performance points awarded would be:

  • 8.4 × 1.45 = 12.2. 

Finally an appearance point is added to give 13.2.

If a joker is played, the total points will be 2 times the performance points + 1 appearance point, so in the example above:

(2 × 12.2) + 1 = 25.4