THE ESSEX GRANDE PRIX
The Championships are held annually over several distances – 5M, 10K. 10M, Half Marathon, 20M and Marathon. In addition to the individual championships for each distance, points are awarded for the first 25 in each age category of each race. These points are totted up after the last race and medals awarded to the first three in each age category overall.
The following trophies are awarded to the winners of each distance as follows:
Distance Men’s Trophy and Distance Ladies Trophy
The points scoring is as follows
1. Points awarded for the best 5 races out of the 6 – runners can “drop” their worst race score.
2. The “attendance” point system remains (1 point for 1 of the races, an additional 2 points for the2nd etc., up to points for the 5/6th race). In total a runner could get 15 points for doing 5 races (1,2,3,4,5). The attendance points will only apply to age categories (not the open category).
3. “Position” points to the top 25 runners in each category remain – 1st gets 25 points, down to 25th gets 1 point
4. All races will score the same (no additional points for longer races).
20 miles – Langham (5th March)
5 miles – Braintree (2nd April)
Marathon – Halstead (7th May)
10k – Brentwood (2nd July)
Half Marathon – Pleshey 24th September)
10 miles – Stebbing (12th November)
BENFLEET GRANDE PRIX For our own Club Championships for 2017 we propose to use the same format as above. However, due to the recent reforming of our Committee, some of the races have already taken place, i.e., the 20 mile and 5 mile and some of our runners have competed in them so I therefore, propose that we let the results stand and they can continue to compete in the remaining races listed above and try to win Essex County medals.
For The Benfleet Grande Prix the races listed below will be the ones we will use.
Half Marathon- Southend (Havens) (9th July)
5 mile – Ingatestone(Boys Club) 17th September
10k – Southend – ( October 1st)
Marathon – Chelmsford (October 22nd)
10 mile – Stebbing (November 12th)
20 mile – Rochford (March 4th 2018)
For those members who do not aspire to the long distance races we will introduce a MINI GRANDE PRIX, using the same formula as above but using 3 shorter races. ( 5k, 5mile and 10k all as shown below.)
MINI GRANDE PRIX
5 mile -Ingatestone (Boys Club) (17th September)
10k Southend (October 1st)
5k- Chelmsford (support race to the Chelmsford Marathon) – (October 22nd)
NB. You can only qualify for one or the other Benfleet Grande Prix – e.g. the full or the mini Grande Prix.
Benfleet Cross Country Points Competition
Aside from having a chance of being in a winning team for Benfleet, with the new points competition you also stand a chance of winning an award for your individual efforts ranked against your clubmates.
How it works:
BRC Competes in two cross country leagues over the season.
On Sunday’s there will be 5 South Essex XC races.
On Saturday’s there will be 5 Essex League XC races.
There will also be a one off Essex Championship race.
You will score points by running in any of these 11 races.
Points will awarded as follows:
Men’s table: 1st Benfleet man 20pts, 2nd 19pts, 3rd 18pts, and so on down to 1pt for 20th and below, everyone that turns up will score at least 1pt. (in reality you will most likely score more!)
Women’s table: As above however the 1st will get 12pts, 2nd 11pts etc, down to 1for 12th and below. Again everyone that races will score.
The winning man and woman will have the most points at the end of the season and will be crowned our cross country points champions.
There will also be awards for 2nd/3rd (silver) and 4th/5th/6th/7th (Bronze) positions.
You will be able to keep track of your progress via updated league tables after every race, online and at the club.
Notes: Points will not be awarded for the relays or Vets races, members who marshal our own race will score points for the race equivalent to their best score so far in the Sunday league. If they haven’t yet run they will score double pts at the next Sunday race (only).
In the event of a tie, positions will be decided on participation, the runner having completed the most events will win. If still level the runner having finished highest in the last race of the season will take precedence, if neither races the last race both participated in shall replace “last race”.