Club Championship 2023 - 2024
Unlike other championships, this won’t simply reward the quickest runners who pass the finish line first. Instead, it will recognise those runners who, through dedication to training and racing, see the greatest improvement in their performances. It will allow male and female runners, young and old runners to compete against one another on an even footing. We hope it will be fun – and provide even more post race talking points.
How does it work?
It is all based on WAVA (World Association of Veteran Athletes) Age Grading figures. WAVA log the world record time over standard distances set by athletes of every age and both genders. Age grading is calculated as the percentage of world record pace for your age and gender. So, if the world record for a 10k by a 50 year old woman is 30 minutes and you (also a 50 year old woman in this example!!) run your 10k in 1 hour, your age grading will be 50%.
Throughout the year, the age grading achieved by every club member in Parkruns, club time trials and any other timed race is recorded. At the end of September, your average age grading for the year is calculated (outliers – for example when you paced slower runners – are excluded!) This is set as your “starting age grading” for the season ahead.
For each of the designated championship races, runners’ age grading figures are calculated. These are then compared with their starting figure for the year. The runner who achieves the highest percentage improvement in that race is awarded 200 points. The next best 199 and so on.
During the year, a runner’s best 8 performances count (i.e. if you do 9 championship races, your lowest score is discarded). As new runners join the club, their recent results (if any) are examined and used to set a starting age grading so they can join in part way through a year. If there are not at least 3 race results available for a runner (for example, because they are new to running) their starting age grading will only be calculated after they have done their first 3 races with the club.
As last year there are no designated marathons in the championship. Instead, any club runner who runs an officially timed marathon may score for that marathon. To do so you MUST nominate it as your championship marathon in advance of the race by informing Mark Armitage (email@example.com). The times achieved by all runners in nominated marathons will be used to calculate age gradings and championship points as if they had been achieved in a single event. Only one marathon can score for a runner during the championship year. You must nominate your marathon before it is run.
There are few rules for the championship. One is that you MUST wear your club vest/T-shirt in order to score points. There are permitted exceptions, for example if you are raising money for a charity (in a marathon for example) and have been asked to wear the charity shirt in that event.
It is hoped that the championship will challenge you to run more competitive races, to race over different distances from your ‘usual’ and most of all, to have fun.
Which races qualify?
Hadleigh Park Run
SE Essex XC League - Benfleet
|1 October 2023||Southend 10K|
|5 November 2023||Billericay 10K|
|12 November 2023||Stebbing 10 Mile|
|26 November 2023||Benfleet XC - Hadleigh|
|17 December 2023||Turkey Trot|
|21 January 2024||Benfleet 15|
|24 February 2024||Hadleigh Parkrun|
|3 March 2024||Chelmsford Half|
|3 March 2024||Essex 20|
|24 March 2024||Brentwood Half|
|27 April 2024||Southend Parkrun|
|11 May 2024||Chalkwell Beach Parkrun|
|19 May 2024||Great Baddow 10 Mile|
|2 June 2024||Rayleigh 10K|
|9 June 2024||Southend Half|
|15 June 2024||Railway Children ULTRA Marathon (30 Mile or 50 mile)|
|TBA||1 Mile Race (Track Session)|
|TBA||Two Tree Island Monday Time Trial|
|17 August 2024||Hockley Woods Parkrun|
|Plus any pre nominated Marathon – (see rules)|