CARNEGIE HARRIERS GRAND PRIX 2019/20 And Other Awards

CARNEGIE HARRIERS AWARD GUIDELINES 2019-20

Carnegie Harriers organise various competitions for members throughout the year. They are designed to provide a focus for members’ training, to improve their performance and to encourage them to try out different events to discover their preferred type of running. More importantly they are meant to be fun, and a chance for club members to enjoy a day out together.

The competitions are open to members of all abilities and participation is purely optional.

THE GRAND PRIX SERIES AND ALL ROUNDER COMPETITION (ARC)

These are based on points awarded for performance in selected races.

Each competition comprises a set number of nominated races of varying distance, terrain and degree of difficulty. To qualify for an award, members must complete a minimum number of races, and satisfy certain other qualifying criteria as applicable. In the event of any race not proceeding in any GP series, or no longer considered viable for the Grand Prix (for example due to a change of date), a suitable alternative will be sought and substituted.

The selection of events within each Grand Prix series will ensure that all categories within the ARC are adequately represented to give members an adequate choice of races in which to compete.

GRAND PRIX SERIES – ROAD

For 2019-20, the Road GP will comprise a total of 13 races. To qualify as a completer at the end of the competition year, members must complete a minimum of seven races. At least one of the races must be longer than 10K.

There will be 12 designated races, comprising:

  • three races of 5k;
  • four races longer than 5k and up to and including 10k;
  • three races longer than 10k and up to and including 10 miles;
  • two races of over 10 miles.

The 13th race is a marathon of a member’s choosing giving them the option of nominating a marathon result (from an organised race) as one of their seven counting events. Points for marathon performances will not be awarded automatically. Rather, members must provide full details of a marathon race so that their result can be verified and recorded. At the end of the year, all marathon times will be ranked in order, based on time, and points awarded as normal.

GRAND PRIX SERIES – OFF-ROAD

For 2019-20, the Off-Road GP will comprise a total of 12 designated races.

To qualify as a completer at the end of the competition year, members must complete a minimum of seven races.

GRAND PRIX SERIES – HILL RUNNING

The Hill Running Grand Prix series runs from 1st January through to 31st December. It will comprise a total of 17 races, with a minimum of four medium/long races (as defined by Scottish Hill Runners).

To qualify as a completer at the end of the competition year, members must complete at least seven events. For members under 60, one must be a medium race and another a long race (or medium race of at least 9 miles). For members aged 60 or over, a minimum of two medium races is required.

For all GP Series, further information on age categories, scoring etc. are detailed in the relevant Grand Prix Rules which can be found on the website. Please speak to any of the committee if you have queries about the Grand Prix series or email enquiries@carnegie-harriers.co.uk.

ALL-ROUNDER COMPETITION

This competition was introduced in 2006 to encourage club members to discover there is more to running than roadwork alone.  The purpose of the All Rounder Competition (ARC) is to recognise those club members who have performed well against their peers throughout the calendar year (i.e. 1st January to 31st December).

To reflect the All-Rounder title, the competition is set across different distances and event types including road, trail, cross country and hill. Each present their own set of challenges ensuring that the award winners can truly claim to be all-rounders.

For 2019, the following guidelines will apply to identify which events fall into each category, all of which will be included in the two GP series outlined above:

  1. “Road” will consist of those races listed in the Road GP;
  2. “Off-Road” will consist of those races listed in the Off-Road GP.
  3. “Hill” will consist those races listed in the Hill GP.

To qualify for the ARC, members must complete at least one event within each of the above classifications. However, to earn maximum points, members will need to complete two events in each classification, generally a shorter race and a longer race as outlined in the ARC rules and/or indicated in the GP event listings.

Further information on age categories, scoring etc. are detailed in the ARC Rules below. Please speak to Phil Smithard, ARC Convenor, if you have any queries about the ARC.

THE MARATHON AWARD AND MOST IMPROVED HILL RUNNER

These awards are discretionary and the committee has the right not to present them if they deem there to be no worthy contenders in any given year.

MARATHON AWARD

The Marathon Award is presented to the club member, male or female, who in the opinion of the committee, has produced strong performances at marathon distance or beyond. There are no specific selection criteria.

The trophy was presented to the club by Dick Coates, a former member and Club President.

MOST IMPROVED HILL RUNNER

The George Murdoch Memorial Trophy is awarded to the club member, male or female, who, in the opinion of the committee, has shown the most improvement as a hill runner during the Hill Running GP Series. There are no specific selection criteria but race performances are considered relative to those of race winners (as reported on the Scottish Hill Racing website).

The trophy was presented to the club by member Gail Murdoch in memory of her late husband George, a keen hill runner and Hill Running Captain who sadly died in 2007.

ALL-ROUNDER COMPETITION RULES 2019

  1. The ARC competition will be open to all members, regardless of ability.
  2. The ARC will be held over a calendar year (i.e. 1st January to 31st December).
  3. The qualifying events will be any 6 events from the two Club Grand Prix Lists during the period 1st January to 31st December, further defined as follows: –
  4. Road – one Short event (less than 10 miles) and one Long event (10 miles or beyond);
  5. Off road – one Cross Country event and one Trail event;
  6. Hill – one Short event and one Medium or Long event (as defined by SHR).
  7. Prizes will be awarded in each of the following categories:

Female: Senior (under 40); Veteran (40 to 49); Senior Veteran (50 – 59), Ultra Vet (60+)

Male:      Senior (under 40); Veteran (40 to 49); Senior Veteran (50 – 59),

Ultra Vet (60 – 69); Hyper Vet (70+).

  1. A member can only complete in the age/gender group as listed, determined by their age at the date of the first event in either GP Series in the year of competition.
  2. Points will be awarded in each age and gender group for each event as follows: 10 points for 1st home, 9 for 2nd, 8 for 3rd with all competitors scoring at least 1 point for completing the event.
  3. The winners will be the members with the highest number of points at the end of the year in each age and gender category.
  4. To qualify for an award, members must have completed at least one event from each of the categories listed at Paragraph 3 above.