See archived Grand Prix results of previous years lower down page.
Please email email@example.com if you spot any errors or omissions in the Grand Prix tables and to let us know your wild card selection. Thanks.
The Races 2020
Sunday 19th January 11:00am: Stowmarket XC (Haughley Park)
Sunday 1st March 11:15am (Seniors): Bury St Edmunds XC (Pakenham, NOT Nowton Park!). IP31 2LQ. Venue at Nether Hall, off Orchard Lane, to the south of Pakenham. Please car share if possible.
Sunday 8th March 11:15am (Seniors): Bungay XC (Dairy Farm, Woodton, NOT Fritton Lake!). Clashes with Cambridge HM! NR35 2NA. Access will be signed from Church Road (B1527), Woodton. Please car share if possible.
Sunday 29th March 11:00am: Haverhill XC: Castle Manor Academy, Eastern Avenue? (TBC) CB9 9JE CANCELLED
Thursday 16th April 7:15pm: Kevin Henry 5K Cambridge Tri Club (Impington). CB24 9EL. Parking off New Rd, through Spire Cambridge Lea Hospital entrance and 500m along driveway. Do not park in hospital car park! CANCELLED
Thursday 14th May 7:30pm: Kevin Henry 5K Ely (Witchford) Bedwell Hey Lane CB6 2JN. Park in field off Bedwell Hey Lane as directed by marshals. The site is a disused wartime airfield which ceased operations in 1943. It is now used as a farm for crops such as sugarbeet. The concrete service roads are not in particularly good repair, so watch out for cracks, loose stones, lumps and potholes! CANCELLED
Thursday 4th June 7:30pm: Kevin Henry 5K Newmarket Joggers, on the training grounds behind the Rowley Mile racecourse. Meet in the car park just down the driveway leading to the racecourse from Hamilton Road. NB: Our event does not count towards the Grand Prix due to marshals and other volunteers being needed from the club to help organise the event.
Thursday 9th July 7:30pm: Kevin Henry 5K at Carver Barracks in Wimbish, near Saffron Walden, CB10 2YA. This is a disused wartime airfield handed over by the RAF to the British Army in 1974, currently home to 33 and 101 Engineer Regiments. The almost flat tarmac course (in the shape of a cross) is fast and in excellent condition….perfect for 5K PBs.
Thursday 6th August 7:30pm: Kevin Henry 5K at Kedington Community Centre, Kedington, near Haverhill CB9 7QQ. This is a real road race! It climbs up steeply at about 1K and then more gradually until 3K, but there is a nice downhill for the final 2K. Park in the Community Centre car park, down the lane from the Barnadiston Arms.
Thursday 27th August 7:00pm?: Kevin Henry 5K Royston Runners. A new venue to be confirmed. The League now includes 8 clubs with Royston Runners and Histon & Impington Runners joining this year but there will still be only 6 fixtures. Cambridge & Coleridge will be taking part but not hosting a race this year.
FINAL CROSS COUNTRY FIXTURE OF GRAND PRIX
Sunday 1st November (TBC), 11:00am: Framlingham Castle XC at Framlingham Sports Club in Badingham Road, Framlingham, IP13 9HS. Marshals will direct you off Badingham Road to the sports field car park. The route is as exciting as it is exhausting, twice climbing up the castle ramparts from the moat. It used to do that three times until they recently changed the course, so be thankful. It’s now a longish course of 5.6 miles going on two wider laps of the castle grounds and surrounding fields.
You can add one wild card race of your choice. Please declare this in advance of the event by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
There are 10 events altogether and they will all count towards your total, plus your wild card points as well. There are currently no plans to calculate the points on a lesser number of events such as your best 8 out of 10 for example. This means that the more races you do, the more chance you have of winning. In fact, unless you do all the events you may scupper your chances! Your points allow for differences in age and are based on age grade performance in each race. If, for example, your age grade works out at anywhere from 63.00% to 63.99% in a race, you will earn 63 points, the rounded down number.
These are the current rules (2013 onwards).
The Grand Prix Series is intended as an added incentive to participate in club races and have some fun in the process. At the end of the series, a trophy will be awarded to the top scoring male and female.
The scoring will be calculated using the WMA age grading system and your score for the race will be calculated from your age grade % achieved in each race. You may enter as many of the races as you would like to and all results will contribute to your final score. Obviously, the more races you enter, the higher your score will be!
To be eligible, you must be a paid up member of the club and must race wearing a club vest. In addition to the 10 races listed above, you have ONE opportunity to play a wild card and have the points from a race of your choice added to your overall score.*
In order to have your points counted, you must communicate your choice of event to email@example.com before the event takes place and the race must be completed by the end of November. The league table will be updated and posted on the website so you can all see how you are doing.
Good luck to you all!
* The age used is your age on on the day of your race. The spreadsheets update your age automatically and we need your DOB details from your membership form to give you a score. Technically, your score is calculated from your age- and gender-adjusted speed as a percentage of the world record speed for the event. We are using WMA 2015 tables to calculate the age grade % using the free online calculator supplied by:
Although the XC courses are supposed to be approximately 5 miles in distance, they vary from about 4.2 miles (Fritton Lake) to 5.6 miles (Framlingham). An estimate of the true distance has been judged from GPS readings on Strava to the nearest 0.1 miles. The age grade % calculator we are using can cope with non-standard distances, so we can get reasonably accurate performance ratings for XC, a lot better than assuming that the distances were all 5 miles. All the Kevin Henry races are accurately measured courses and from experience are as near 5K as you can reasonably get.
The wildcard race must be a standard road distance (5K/5M/10K/10M/HM/20M/Marathon or other metric such as 15K, 20K, 30K – in particular, it cannot be a XC race because its distance would be uncertain. In any case, XC and other trail races are generally a lot slower than road races, so you wouldn’t want to use them as a wild card anyway!