Please email firstname.lastname@example.org if you spot any errors or omissions in the Grand Prix tables and to let us know your wild card selection. Thanks.
The Races 2019
Sunday 20th January: Stowmarket XC (Haughley Park)
Sunday 17th February 11:15am: Bury St Edmunds XC (Nowton Park)
Sunday 10th March 11:15am: Bungay XC (Fritton Lake). Amended route without the bamboo groves and rickety wooden bridge (Awwwhh!)
Sunday 24th March 11am: Haverhill XC: 11:00am. Castle Manor Academy, Eastern Avenue.
Kevin Henry League info and all results and tables:
Thursday 18th April 7:15pm: Kevin Henry 5K Cambridge Tri Club (Impington). Parking off New Rd, through Spire Hospital entrance and 500m along driveway. Do not park in hospital car park!
Thursday 9th 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, lumps and potholes!
Thursday 6th 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 11th 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 1st 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 5th September 7:00pm: Kevin Henry 5K Cambridge & Coleridge (Wilberforce Rd, University Sports Ground). CB3 9AD. If you’re early, e.g. an hour before the race, there should be room in the sports ground car park, near the Pavilion. If not, anywhere along Adams Road is a convenient place to park. This route is over pavements, cycle paths and pedestrianised areas, with no road traffic to worry about. The race starts and finishes with a lap of the athletics track. The Kevin Henry awards are presented after the race in the Pavilion, where there are usually free sandwiches and cakes provided, but you have to be quick or they will all be gone. Tea, coffee, coca cola and sometimes alcoholic drinks may be purchased at the bar.
Sunday 3rd November, 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.
You can add one wild card race of your choice. Please declare this in advance of the event by emailing email@example.com
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.
September 5th at Cambridge: Sianie Painter looks safe, barring high wind and famine. She is holding firmly in first place, 27 points ahead of Caroline Mcintosh, with her wild card still to be declared. Jenny Osbourn (currently 3rd) and Jan Holmes (currently 4th) have both declared their wild cards for the Abington 10K on 6th October. In the men’s Grand Prix, Neville Clarke is solid as a rock, 101 points in the lead from Malcolm Osbourn, with Chris Aylmer and Jeremy Reader fighting it out for 3rd place. Neville is yet to declare his wild card; worth doing, just in case something were to happen to cause him to miss the final cross country fixture at Framlingham in November. Malcolm, Chris and Jeremy have all declared their wild cards for the Abington 10K.
August 1st at Kedington: Sianie Painter is looking secure; 28 points in the lead from Caroline Mcintosh, with her wild card still to play. Sianie had pulled a muscle in track training some days before and was fortunate to be able to run at Kedington without any discomfort. Jenny Osbourn is doing well in third place. In the men’s competition Neville Clarke looks odds on to win, now 90 points in the lead from Malcolm Osbourn with two more events to come. Jeremy Reader is pressing Chris Aylmer for third spot, only 3 points behind now. Malcolm also sustained a pulled muscle in track training the same day as Sianie but his injury really did slow him right down at Kedington. The important thing now for Sianie and Neville is to try not to miss an event due to injury or illness. Tactics dictate that if even if they are only fit to walk an event then they should do so to safeguard their title chances.
July 11th at Carver Barracks: Sianie Painter, on 401 points, is still clear leader in the women’s Grand Prix from Caroline Mcintosh on 371. Caroline missed a fixture but has now played her wild card to get back into contention and poses a threat to Sianie. If Sianie completes her final three Grand Prix fixtures, she should be safe at the top with her wild card still to be played. In the men’s Grand Prix, Neville Clarke looks safe at the top with 520 points from Malcolm Osbourn on 448, as long as he completes his final three fixtures.
May 9th at Witchford: Sianie Painter still holding firmly in first place in the women’s Grand Prix and Neville Clarke looking invincible in the men’s Grand Prix.
April 18th at Impington: For the women, Sianie Painter is still there, solid at the top, with 281 points, from Isabella Soro on 260 and Jenny Osbourn on 230. Isabella will be returning to Italy soon, so may not be in the race for much longer. Belinda Schofield, Jan Holmes, Caroline McIntosh and Rebecca Fordham are also in with a chance if Sianie were unfortunate enough to miss a race. In the men’s Grand Prix, Neville Clarke is in the lead with 366 points, from Malcolm Osbourn (315) and Chris Aylmer (283). He looks unstoppable if he completes all the races. If he were to miss a race, Malcolm Osbourn, Jon Brooker and Clive Purbrook look the most likely ones to give chase, with their high scoring age grades.
March 24th at Haverhill XC: Sianie Painter, having competed in all four 2019 fixtures so far, maintains her lead in the Women’s Grand Prix by 30 points from Isabella Soro and Belinda Schofield. In the Men’s Grand Prix, Neville Clarke now moves into the lead by 38 points from Malcolm Osbourn, while Greg Davis slips into 4th position after taking a bye.
March 10th at Fritton Lake XC: Sianie Painter is 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.
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-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 communicate your choice of event to firstname.lastname@example.org 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). 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!