General Notes and Rules - 2017
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 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,
races that inspire and motivate members to run and take part at all
competition and motivation to train and run faster and recognise effort
and ability across all members.
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
Once again, we have endeavoured to ensure that the
club champs races do not clash with other club events including the fell
- 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.
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.
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.
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,
- for the 'open champonship' tables, the member's position overall in each race will be
- for the 'age
graded' tables, the sum of each member's best 7 age graded
percentages will be used
will be a memento for each member who completes seven or more races in the
year. This is achievable by everyone in the club.
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
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
Sunday 11 June – Magic Roundabout – off-road
This has to be a race with one of the best panoramic views at the start
of any race we've done – close to Hay on Wye. It is a lovely undulating
course, around 6 miles, and is well organised by Hay Hotfooters running
club. Very uplifting!
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.
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!
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.
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:
- The Open Championship
- 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?
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.
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.
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
- 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