March 10th at Fritton Lake XC: Sianie Painter now deservedly 38 points clear in the women’s table, the only female Jogger to have run in all three Grand Prix fixtures. Next come Isabella Soro and Belinda Schofield. In the men’s table, Greg Davis consolidates his position ahead of Neville Clarke and Clive Purbrook.
Feb 17th at Bury XC: Jan Holmes surges into a clear lead in the Women’s Grand Prix from joint seconds Rebecca Fordham and Sianie Painter, while current men’s Grand Prix champion Greg Davis edges into a narrow lead from Neville Clarke in the men’s competition.
Jan 20th at Stowmarket XC: Belinda Schofield throws down the gauntlet in her first Grand Prix event of 2019, while Greg Davis and Neville Clarke are locked in a duel.
The Races 2019
Sunday 20th January: Stowmarket XC (Haughley Park)
Sunday 17th February 11:15am: Bury St Edmunds XC (Nowton Park)
Sunday 10th March Junior 10:45AM, Senior 11:15am: Bungay XC (Fritton Lake). Amended route without the bamboo groves and rickety wooden bridge (Awwwhh!)
Sunday 24th March: Haverhill XC (new venue for 2019 TBC)
Thursday 18th April 7:15pm: Kevin Henry 5K Cambridge Tri Club (Impington). Parking off New Rd, behind Spire Hospital.
Thursday 9th May 7:30pm: Kevin Henry 5K Ely (Witchford)
Thursday 11th July 7:30pm: Kevin Henry 5K Saffron Walden (Carver Barracks)
Thursday 1st August 7:30pm: Kevin Henry 5K Haverhill (Kedington)
Thursday 5th September 7:00pm: Kevin Henry 5K Cambridge & Coleridge (Wilberforce Rd, University Sports Ground)
Sunday 3rd November 11:00am?: Framlingham XC (Framlingham Sports Club)
Plus one wild card race of your choice (but please declare this before the event by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org)
[Thursday 6th June: Kevin Henry 5K Newmarket Joggers. 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].
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, prizes 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-adjusted time*. 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 tell email@example.com about your race at least 1 week prior to the event and the race must be before 30 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). Their true distance has been estimated 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 get.
** The wildcard race must be a standard road distance (5K/5M/10K/10M/HM/15M/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!