General Notes and Rules - 2017

The only major change to the rules for 2017 is that there will only be 7 races to score, rather than 8.  This is to make it easier for all to complete the minimum.

The 2017 Championship will run from January to December 2016.  There will be monthly races plus two extras this year – seven classed as 'road' and seven as 'off-road' although some will have a combination of both.  Any of which can count towards your ‘seven best’.

You will need to do two road and two off-road races plus three others from either category.

‘Why have the club championship’?  It is not just to find the best male and female runners in the club.  It is about,

  • Giving races that inspire and motivate members to run and take part at all levels.
  • Creating competition and motivation to train and run faster and recognise effort and ability across all members.
  • Encouraging and developing camaraderie at events, building on the strong social element in the club.

The races for 2017 have been chosen to appeal and be available to all club members and cover a wide variety of distances, terrains (road, trail and hill), weekend and weekday events.  Races have been selected taking into account location, cost, ease of entry and to encourage greater turnout at some of our team events.

All road races cover distances from one mile up to marathon.  The Weston Prom 5 miler, Berkeley 10k and Cardiff Half Marathon have partly been chosen because of their superb PB potential.  The off-road choices cover smaller XC type courses, up to challenging, hilly 12 mile courses such as the Terminator.  The park run will stage a re-appearance in the club champs, but this year, it’s focused around the one most local to Chepstow – Lydney, and members have the whole of April to try and get their best score to count – there are 5 Saturdays in April so 5 attempts! 

We’ve tried to keep races reasonably local, most are within an hour of Chepstow the furthest afield being the Charmouth hill race – which is an annual club outing where the club put on a coach (usually partly subsidised) and you are treated to a free BBQ and beer (although you are expected to muck in and help).  We have tried to minimise cost, with five of the races being free(!!) and three being £5 or under. 

The extra races are again a marathon and new for 2017, any handicap race to score – so you can have four attempts to get your best time.  This year the cut off date for running a marathon will be 11th December 2017.

Once again, we have endeavoured to ensure that the club champs races do not clash with other club events including the fell series.

Specific 2017 Rules

  • At least two races must be each of ‘road’ and ‘off-road’.  The best other three scores from any other category make your seven qualifying races.  If you want you can do more than seven races, in which case your best seven scores will count.  Any or both of the extra races can also be used towards your road/off-road tally.
  • Points in the ‘Open Championship’ are awarded according to your finishing position in relation to other CH club runners (eg. 1st=100 points, 2nd=99 and so on).  Points in the ‘Age Graded Championship are calculated using the WMA tables and ranked according to your percentage score. Highest score =100, 2nd highest =99 and so on.
  • There are separate Age Graded Championships and Open Championships for men and women, making a total of four categories.
  • It is the responsibility of each member to fill in the appropriate boxes and submit your times on the web page below the club championship races table, for any marathon times you want included.  Please do this as soon as possible after each race that you run.  Alternatively you can PM or email Niki or Lisa.
  • Members must enter races as Chepstow Harriers and wear club vest and colours (a blue vest or tee-shirt with a red hoop) in order to earn club championship points with the exception of park runs.  The championship coordinators may penalise anyone who continually ignores this request and may deduct points.  Also, only races completed while a paid up member will be eligible (races run before joining or when membership subs were unpaid, will not count).
  • In the case of a tie, final championship positions will be decided on the basis of those events in which tied runners both competed.  If still a tie, then:
    • for the 'open champonship' tables, the member's position overall in each race will be considered
    • for the 'age graded' tables, the sum of each member's best 7 age graded percentages will be used
  • There will be a memento for each member who completes seven or more races in the year.  This is achievable by everyone in the club.
  • There will also be a memento for each member who completes 12 races in the year – this can include the ‘extra’ races.

Any eventualities not covered by these rules, need to be raised with the Club Championship co-ordinators (Lisa Jeffrey and Niki Morgan) at the earliest opportunity, and any decision they make is final.

Enjoy and happy running in 2017

Notes on each of the 2017 Championship Races:

Sun 8 Jan – LCL XC – off-road
A great opportunity to contribute to your team’s success and bag some points in the process. The race will be hosted by Spirt of Monmouth – venue is expected to be Kate Humble’s farm in Penallt.
Cost: Free!

Sunday 26 Feb – Terminator – off-road
Fantastic, hilly, scenic, 12 mile (ish) off-road race from Pewsey (near Marlborough). This is one of the best off-road courses I’ve ever done (Niki speaking) – it has it all – fields, hills, water, mud, superb scenery – and is run by a friendly running club with all the great organisation, marshalling, etc. you would expect of a good club.
Cost: £18

Thursday 23 March – Weston Prom 5 mile road race - road
This is a fast and flat evening race (a series of 9 but you only have to do this one!) which entails running two laps of the famous Weston-super-Mare promenade. It can be a windy one along the promenade, but fast times are usually had and a chance for the fast boys and girls to bag a club 5 mile record for their age cat!
Cost: £4

April – Any Lydney parkrun in April - road
Local, free and a great opportunity to get out of bed early on a Saturday morning – 4 times in a row to bag points. Only your fastest will score though. Anyone who is a member of Chepstow Harriers will score points regardless of whether they are interested in participating in other champs races.
Cost: Free!

Monday 15 May - Berkeley 10k – road
Monday evening road race which has EXCELLENT PB potential – this really is the fastest 10k on the planet in our opinion – faster than Swansea or Cardiff 10k. It’s not far to travel, and for some totally bizarre reason, it has never filled up, so easy to enter.
Cost: £11

Sunday 28 May - Crocodile 8
Approx. 8.8 mile multi-terrain race out Hereford way.  It's a really family friendly day out with kids races, etc.  Starts at 3pm and prize giving is in the pub much later so excuse to have a drink with your mates after a lovely race.  Proceeds go to local school.

Sat 01 July – Charmouth Challenge – off-road
This 8 mile hilly seaside race (completely marked out) is a complete gem and an annual Harriers outing. Your fabulous club always put on a coach to take you there and back and there will be a BBQ/beers, etc. so it's a jolly social outing - hopefully having it as club champs this year will attract even more Harriers and make it even more fun and sociable. A good one for Juniors to take part in too as there is a fun run for all the family.
Cost: £12 for adults, plus coach fare (usually subsidised to some extent by the club – beer and bangers free though!)

Tue 01 Aug – LCL Road, Olive Tree, Cwmbran (Griff organising) - road
Evening race, with another chance to gain points for both your team and yourself. Around 5-6 miles.
Cost: Free!

Sep (Tues eve) – Autumn Forest mile - road
Local and cheap (£2), gives those good at short distances a chance to shine and those that aren't to step out of their comfort zone and challenge themselves. There are
junior races so good for those with kids who run. As the name suggests – it’s just one mile!
Cost: £2

Sun 01 Oct - Cardiff Half Marathon - road
A very well organised, iconic, big city, fast, mainly flat half marathon with a great atmosphere and good PB potential. Great goody bag, t-shirt, medal, etc.
Cost to Welsh Affiliated members: £29

One evening in November - Andy’s off-road night race in Chepstow Park Woods just for Harriers – off-road
Will have single track as well as forest vehicle track – around 5 miles – all marked out with reflective markers and tape – expect the unexpected from Grubby!

Sat 16 Dec – Skirrid Fell Race – off-road
Short, friendly race just outside Abergavenny, with free bear and chips in the oldest pub in Wales.
Cost: £5

Any Marathon - road

Any Club Handicap – off-road (you can do all but only your best time will score)

Lisa Jeffrey and Niki Morgan
Club Champs Coordinators


There are two types of Club Championship:

  1. The Open Championship
  2. The Age Graded Championship

What is ‘age-grading’?

Age grading is a way to adjust an athlete's performance according to age. The age-grading tables were developed by the World Master Association (WMA) - the world governing body for track and long distance running for veteran athletes. The tables work by recording the world record performance for each age at each distance, for men and women. Where necessary, the world record performances are estimated. The time you achieve in a race is then expressed as a percentage of the world record. The higher the percentage – the closer you are to the world record.

Click here to go to the WMA Age grading calculator: Calculator

Why have an ‘age-graded Championship?

  • Age grading can be used to compare performances across different ages - so the performance in an event of a 75 year old can be compared to that of 35 year old. The age-adjusted time published by the club statistician is particularly useful for this purpose.
  •  It does away with the need for separate age categories and does not mean that the younger athletes in an age category will have an advantage. E.g. A competitor aged 49 in the Male Vet 40 category is often at a disadvantage when competing against a 41 year old.
  •   As you get older you are still able to try and improve your performance every year - rather than working to improve your time you just try to increase your percentage.
  •  Older members are able to compete against younger members. This is a particularly important advantage with a small club such as ours, since members will not just be able to compete against others of similar age but with everyone within the club
  • You can identify your best ever performance.
  • You can set goals and targets for future events and years.

What is an 'Open Championship'

This is a first past the post system where you get recognition for the position you achieved in the race regardless of age. 1st Chepstow Harrier back gets 100 points, 2nd gets 99 points, 3rd 98 points etc. This system tends favour younger members of the club.