Club Championships 2021

The Club championship is well and truly under way. Details have been shared on a month-by-month basis via member emails and the closed facebook group. In due course a summary will appear here, but  do get preparing for a September half marathon because the Forest of Dean Half will be on the agenda
For now, the rest of the page refers to the 2020 championship:
As we have not been able to hold the planned club championships this year due to Covid-19 we have made some changes to allow members to compete for the championships as follows:
– There were three races before lockdown and these will count as before.
– There will be a virtual King/Queen of the Hill race up to the Roundhouse (over a two-week period) in September or October.  –  SORRY – THIS WAS CANCELLED
– We will hold a short time trial on a club night (similar to the one this week but shorter).
– Steve McMenemy will arrange his ever popular virtual Parkrun for a month and give everyone a chance to submit a time.
– Hold a virtual 7 mile race over a short period (probably two weeks) in November.
– Use the results from the September vGLCL race held this week.
This will make a total of 8 events and each runner’s best 6 events will count towards the championship. If you have not run any championship races yet (not many runners have), don’t worry as any points you accumulate will still count; up to your best 6 races. For each race going forward we will award points for each runner’s finishing position and for their age-related score (which we will calculate).
There will be prizes for:
– 1st 3 males and females overall
– 1st male and female % age related outside the prizes above.
– Participation prize (based on number of races run but outside prize winners above)
One additional prize: as we were not able to hold the Kymin Dash this year, we will award the King and Queen of the Hill prizes to the fastest male and female to the top.
Good luck everyone!

Original plan for 2020 – kept here for posterity!

This year there will be more prizes! For each race there will be points on offer as well as a % age-related score. There will be a prize for the top 3 men and women who have scored the most points in races, as we have done in previous years. There will also be prizes for the best 3 men and women who are not in the first three above but have the highest number of points accumulated using % age related score at each race. In this way we hope to make the championships more inclusive.

At each race the first Spirit home will gain 20 points, the second 19 etc down to a minimum of  1 point for everyone who competes. In the % age-related competition the best % age-related score will gain 20 points in that competition and so on. Anyone running a marathon (road or trail) or an ultra will receive 10 points.

There will be 11 nominated races over the year. Runners must compete in a minimum of 8 races. For anyone competing in more than 8 races, their best 8 will score. In addition, each month runners can also compete in the club nominated Parkrun (arranged by Steve and Alison McMenemy) and submit their best age-related score at the end of the year. Runners must participate in at least one of the Parkruns to be included in the final championship results.

The races will be a mix of road and trail and we will publish the results more frequently so everyone knows how they are doing as the year progresses.

The races for 2020 are:

(please note some of these races will fill up quickly so it would be best to enter them as soon as possible).

Month Race Category Details
Every month Spirits Parkrun Posted on Facebook each month by Steve and Alison McMenemy
December 29th Wye Wander Trail
January 10th Night Race – Cannop Trail
February Dursley Dozen Trail
March 14th 20/20 Fission (20K race) Road
April No race A good opportunity to run a spring marathon!
May (probably 10th) Hereford 10K Road Date TBC
June Rabbit Run, Merthyr Mawr Trail Date TBC
July Blaisdon 10K Road Date TBC
August Severn Bridge HM Road Date TBC
September Ross 10K Trail Date TBC
October Blaze the Biblins Trail Date TBC
November Twmbarlam Terror (provisional) Trail NOTE: If the finalised date clashes with the Trellech Beacon Dash, an alternative will be found.