CARNEGIE HARRIERS AWARD GUIDELINES 2018/19
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.
The competitions are open to members of all abilities and participation is purely optional.
The Grand Prix series and All Rounder Competition (ARC) 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. In the event of any event not proceeding in either GP series, a suitable alternative will be 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.
The Marathon Award and Most Improved Hill Runner are awarded at the discretion of the committee.
GRAND PRIX SERIES – COMBINED (Road, trail and cross-country)
A revised format for this Grand Prix series was introduced in 2017. The summer and winter series were brought together to form a single, year-long Combined series running from 1st April through to 31st March.
For 2018-19, the Combined Series will comprise a total of 14 races. There will be 13 designated races, comprising a minimum of three road races of 10 miles or longer, and four cross country or trail/multi-terrain races. The 14th race is a marathon of a member’s choosing
To qualify as a completer at the end of the competition year, members must complete a minimum of 8 races, comprising:
a minimum of two road races, one of which must be 10 miles or longer;
a minimum of two cross-country or trail/multi-terrain races.
Club members also have the option of nominating a marathon result as one of their 8 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 – HILL RUNNING
The Hill Running Grand Prix series runs from 1st January through to 31st December. It will comprise a total of 13 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 7 events, of which one must be a medium race and another a long race (or medium race of at least 9 miles).
For both GP Series, further information on age categories, scoring etc. are detailed in the Grand Prix Rules below. Please speak to any of the committee if you have queries about the Grand Prix series.
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, hill and cross country, trail and multi-terrain. Each present their own set of challenges ensuring that the award winners can truly claim to be all-rounders.
From 2017 onwards, 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 based entirely on roads or high quality vehicle tracks; 2. “Hill” will consist those races listed in the Hill GP; 3. “Cross Country” will consist of those races that contain “cross country” in the title. “Trail” or “Multi-Terrain” will consist of those races where there is a mixture of terrain, including off-road tracks less than a vehicle wide.
To qualify for the ARC, members must complete at least one event within each of the above classification. 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 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. As the award is discretionary, the committee has the right not to present it.
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). As the award is discretionary, the committee has the right not to present it.
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.
GRAND PRIX RULES – 2018/19
- There will be two, annual Grand Prix Series – Combined (incorporating roads, cross country, trail and multi-terrain events) and Hill Running.
- The events to be included in each Grand Prix Series will be decided by the Committee with guidance from the Club Captains.
- Each series will comprise a range of distances and standards of competition and a balance of local and national events. Due consideration and recognition will be given to national event series where appropriate e.g. Scottish Hill Running Championship.
- The Grand Prix series will be open to all members, regardless of ability.
- The Combined Grand Prix will be held over the year 1st April to 31st March and the Hill Running Grand Prix will be held over a calendar year (i.e. 1st January to 31st December).
- The Combined GP will consist of 16 races, with the best 8 scoring events to count, of which at least one must be at least (or over) 10K in length and another a multi-terrain or cross-country event. In the event of any event not proceeding, an alternative will be substituted.
- Club members will also have the option of nominating a marathon result as one of their 8 counting events. Members should provide details of their marathon race and time. At the end of the year, all marathon times will be ranked in order, based on time, and points awarded as normal.
- The Hill Running Grand Prix Series will consist of 13 events, with the best 7 scoring events to count, of which one must be a medium race and another a long race (or medium race of at least 9 miles).
- In each Grand Prix, separate prizes will be awarded in each of the following categories:
Female: Open (any age); 40 to 49; 50 to 59; 60 and over.
Male: Open (any age); 40 to 49; 50 to 59; 60 to 69; 70 and over.
In the Open category, prizes will be awarded to the first three overall placed members in the points table irrespective of age group, thereafter the awards will be determined by age group.
- Qualifying age will be a member’s age as at the date of the first event in either GP Series in the year of competition.
- Points will be awarded on the basis on which members finish in an event, by gender but irrespective of age, as follows: 50 points for 1st home, 49 for 2nd, 48 for 3rd with all competitors scoring at least 1 point for completing an event.
- The winners will be the members with the highest number of points in the open competition and each age and gender category.
- No member may receive more than one award in any single Grand Prix series.
- Club vests must be worn in Grand Prix events otherwise no points will be awarded.
- Points will not be awarded to any member who runs a Grand Prix event with a dog.
- There will be an award made to every member who takes part in the minimum number of counting events in either of the Grand Prix, e.g. 8 for the Combined and 7 for the Hill series. Each Grand Prix will count for a separate award.
ALL-ROUNDER COMPETITION RULES
- The ARC competition will be open to all members, regardless of ability.
- The ARC will be held over a calendar year (i.e. 1st January to 31st December).
- 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: –
- Road – one short event (less than 10 miles) and one long event (10 miles or beyond);
- Hill – one Short event and one Medium or Long event (as defined by SHR).
- Cross Country/Multi-Terrain – one cross country event and one other event, either cross country or multi-terrain;
- 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+).
- 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.
- 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.
- The winners will be the members with the highest number of points at the end of the year in each age and gender category.
- To qualify for an award, members must have completed at least one event from each of the categories listed at Paragraph 3 above.