Carnegie Harriers Road and XC Grand Prix 2018/19

Introduction

Please read in conjunction with the Carnegie Harriers Competition Guidelines 2018-19.

Following a review of the 2017-18 Grand Prix, the Club Captains recommended a reduction in the overall number of set races from 16 to 13. By reducing the number of races from which members can choose, we hope that we will see a greater turnout of Harriers at this year’s selected events.

Below is the list of races in the 2018-19 Grand Prix series. The dates highlighted in yellow are based on the dates the races were held in 2017/18. They will be confirmed as soon as the details, including entry and other information, are known and an updated list issued. Updates will be sent via email but further information will also be available on the website (www.carnegie-harriers.co.uk).

In selecting these races, we have incorporated a variety of distances (from 5K to half marathon) and terrain (from flat roads to undulating cross country). We feature races organised by local clubs as well as those incorporating district and national championships. Some are local, whilst others are a bit further afield, but still within easy travelling distance. Some races are new to the club, whilst others are tried and tested favourites. We’ve also recognised that many of our members run at least one marathon in the year so, all in all, there should be something to suit most members.

We’ve also tried to avoid clashes with races in the Hill Running Grand Prix and popular team events (such as the Devils Burden Relays and Simon Wake Relays) and road and cross country relays and other events supported by the club. We’ve also tried to avoid clashes with other events in which we know members like to take part, such as the Tour of Fife.

The purpose of the Grand Prix is to encourage members to improve their running in some friendly competition, and perhaps try some different races, or even terrain. Participation in the Grand Prix is meant to be fun and is purely optional. We hope that outings to the races will be social events with members getting together to car share and possibly going for coffee and something to eat before or after and we encourage members to use the Carnegie Harriers Members Group on Facebook to share their plans.

Last year there appeared to be a bit of confusion about the nomination of a marathon event to count towards a member’s GP points. This is how it works. If you run an organised marathon, it can count as one of your eight qualifying events for the GP. However, you must ask for your time to be recorded for GP purposes, it will not be done automatically. At the end of the year, all reported marathon times will be listed in order from fastest to slowest and points awarded accordingly.

We do hope you will make the effort to take part in at least some of the chosen events over the coming year and we look forward to seeing you at them.

Please do not hesitate to contact any members of the committee if you have any queries or feedback regarding the 2018-19 Grand Prix.

 

*indicates date based on 2017 date and still to be confirmed