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Southville Running Club Championship 2017

Sunday, April 23, 2017 - 16:29
Chris Hopes
 
The SRC Championship will start on the Saturday 1st April with the Ashton Court 5km Park Run.

What’s it all about?  

The SRC Championship started in 2011.  It was devised to encourage runners who hadn’t raced before to give it a go, get to enjoy the social side of racing and to make it more interesting for those who already appreciated it.  After most races, people stop off at a pub or coffee house to have a drink, something to eat and chew over the day’s events. Celebrate  a personal victory or soften the  pain of a bad day.  Most importantly it’s about having fun.

Each of our  overall winners have on the whole not been the fastest runners by any means just kept plugging away, slowly improving.  Now in it’s 7th year, we’ve got prizes and a  trophy for the overall winner and their name engraved on the club shield for posterity.

The nice thing about the championship is knowing there will always be someone from the club at an event, a chance to share lifts too.  So, as they put it in Father Ted, ‘Go on, go on, go on,  go on, go on, you know you want to’.

 

What does it involve?
 
The Championship is formed from 12 races but please don’t panic, only 4 races count.  The races are chosen to be no more than 10km long and within 20 miles of Southville.  They take place on weekends and during weekday evenings  enabling you to find races which fit in with your running life.  The’re road and off road races, others combine the two into what is termed multi terrain.  The Championship starts in April  with a 5km Park Run at Ashton Court on Saturday 1st and ends with the Blaise Blazer 6km race on 5th (tbc) June.  
 
All you have to do is pick 4 or more races and enter them.  Many races can be entered on the day ( Park Runs) others such as the Towpath race or Tyntesfield have to be entered in advance as they fill up quickly so please look at each race’s website for details or ask around the club.  Prices range from free for a Park Run  to £24 for a club place on the Bristrol 10km.  Most are in the £5 -£12 range.
 

It’s up to you to do your race entries. You must enter as a Southville Runner with an up-to-date EA card, a valid SRC membership card and wear a club vest too.  

Nearly all races offer discounts to runners who are attached to a club.  To become attached to Southville Running Club talk to Laura Collacott (our club sec) about purchasing an England Athletic Card plus an SRC card (£15) and Dave Shattock about a racing vest (about £20).  The EA card will pay for itself after 4-5 races; a club top is a requirement of being an attached runner plus it has the benefit of making it easy to spot  a friendly face amongst hundreds of people at the at the start of a race.  Entering as a Southville Runner also means I'll be able to pick your name out  from the results so if you don't I'll miss you.

 
How does it work?
 
For each road race an individual target time is given to every runner.  The target is based on a combination of previous results, feedback from group leaders and a dose of guesswork at the start by myself.   For every second you beat your target time you get a point, when you don’t hit your target, a minus point.  Gains and losses are set at a maximum of 90.  No fibbing about what you achieved in the past to gain an advantage or worrying about having too bad a day.  
 
For example:
Runner A Target time for 5km flat road race =  21.30
  Achieves =  20.55
  Points =   + 35

 

Runner B Target time for 5km flat road race =  23.15
  Achieves =  24.55
  Points =   - 90
 
Though B was 100 seconds slower than target, losses are limited to -90
 
Off road and multi terrain races are calculated slightly differently.  Weather conditions and/or course variations can  affect these races disproportionately.  Heavy rain can make a course very slow going or a bull in a field can cause organisers to  add or cut bits of a race out which would rarely happen with a road course as they are measured.    A  different way of scoring has therefore  been devised.  Your target will be based upon  a % of the race winners time. 4 points for every % you exceed or miss your target. 
 
For example:
Runner A Target of winner’s time for a Blaise Blazer =  132%
  Winners time = 23.15
  Runner A's time = 28.54
  Runner A’s % of winner’s time = 124%
  Runner A’s points 32  (4 x 8%)

Gains and  losses are limited to 90 points as for road races.   I may adjust the number of points for each % to make it comparable to road racing.

last year it was felt runners who did really well in off road races were unfairly 'scored' so in addition to the scoring system above  for off road races,

6th or lower the points scored will be as above 

5th or better

  • 1st    90pts
  • 2nd   75
  • 3rd    50
  • 4th    30
  • 5th    20

Plus for anyone who wins their age category you get an extra 10 points

The Joker?
 
To make it more interesting, for one race you have a joker.  It’s a bit like ‘It’s a knockout’ of years ago.  Let me know when you want to play it before the race.  Any points scored are doubled, any losses halved. It’s up to you to let me know when you want to play it, I won’t chase you if you haven’t done so  by the last race.
 
What do I do now?
 
If this has galvanised you into having ago - which I hope it has - all you have to do is give me your name, age  plus your most recent race results (if any)  in the next few weeks via the attached form or let me know at a club night:
 
Next, look at the attachment for the  list of races and decide which you want to do. 
 
FAQ’s
How much does it cost to enter?  Nothing, gratis, free.
What if I do more than 4 races?   Your worst scores are dropped  so the more  you do the better your chances.
What if I do less than 4 races? 
 At the end of the championship, anyone who has  4  race scores takes precedent over someone with 3 races or less even though they may have fewer points.  Someone with 3  scores takes precedence over a runner with 2 race scores etc. 
What if I disagree with my race target? 
You will have to be patient for your  first race or  two if you have no racing history,  it usually  comes out in the wash at the end.  You can  moan if you want but it won’t get you anywhere.
Where do I find race entry details? 
The SRC Championship will have a dedicated web page on the SRC site with the list of races  plus Facebook.  All race websites can be found on the following sites:
Where do I find my target?
The club website will have a dedicated page with a table with all the races, your points score and target for the next race updated after an SRC race and on Facebook too.
 
Good luck and have fun cos’ that’s what it’s all about.
 
Here are the SRCc races for 2017  :

 

Park Run Ashton Crt         5 km       1st  April - M/terrain - Park Run

Frenchay                         10 km        9th April - Frenchay 10km

Hanham horror                10 km      16th April - O/Road Bitton Road Runners

Weston Prom                  5 mile       20th April - Weston AC

Pensford                         10 km        30th April - Pensford 10km

Bristol                              10 km          7th May - Gt North Run

Park Run Pomphrey Hill    5 km        13th May - Park Run

Tyntesfield                        10 km        17th May - O/R Nailsea RC

Hogweed Trot                 10 km          22th May - Hogweed Trotters

Towpath series                10 km         26th May - Multi terrain Great Western Runners

TACH races  Burrington 10 km           1st June  - O/R Town and Country Harriers

Blaise Blazer                     6 km          5th  june -  O/R   Westbury Harriers

 

The table and your targets are here:https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/18n9x3GD5gI87voZjgrHHEMVxoxNXxOwL...

 

 

 

 

 

 
 
Chris Hopes.