The Merit Table
The aim of the merit table is to demonstrate whose running has improved the most over the current season, regardless of age, gender, or race pace. The season runs from Jan 1st – Dec 31st.
The winner is awarded the Merit table trophy at Presentation Night along with the runners up.
Points are awarded based on the percentage of your current PB achieved during races.
If you can better your PB or stay reasonably consistent over the five Merit Table distances you gain more points and go up the table. The more you compete in merit table distances the more points you can gain (the six best results for each individual are counted, max. two per distance). It is a clever system and is even ‘handicapped’ to allow for veterans natural slowing.
What are the Merit table distances?
The Merit table distances are:

  • 5k
  • 5 miles
  • 10k
  • 10 miles
  • ½ marathon 

The Benfleet League
The Benfleet League follows the same race distances and qualifying criteria as the Merit Table, requiring you to complete a min of 6 races with a maximum of 2 from each distance counting towards your best 6. This competition isn’t handicapped and your scores are calculated in relation to how close you are to the winners time of the race. It rewards runners that are consistently fast and achieve high placings in their races. 

The Club Championship
One race per year will be designated the Championship race. The last couple of years this has been Brentwood 10k.
As well as deciding the overall Male/Female Club Champions, there’s also a “team prize” where teams of three are formed based on ability, with the faster runners being grouped with the slower runners and so forth. This puts everyone in with a chance of winning and makes it a “not to be missed” race. Awards for overall podium positions and the Team Prize are handed out at the annual awards evening. 

The 10k Series
You can target 10k races all the way from May through to November.
( 10 x 10k ) – 5 on the road – 5 off road
Run as many as you can and collect points through the year.
(click here for 2016 qualifying races)

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”.