London Frontrunners Club Championship

What is the Club Championship?

The Club Championship is an annual competition open to all members of London Frontrunners (Club members). Club members earn points by participating in races over the Club year with prizes awarded to the top three placers in various categories as well as to the overall male and female Club Champions.

Who is eligible to enter?

All Club members are eligible to take part in the Club Championship, however only first claim Club members are eligible for the prizes.

How does it work?

Club members earn points over the course of the Club year through participating in “core” and “non-core” races.

  • The “core” races are the ten designated races listed below and cover a broad of races across the Club year with various distances, locations and terrains. Participants at the “core races” earn both participation points and position points.

  • “Non-core” races are any races which are timed by UK Athletics and of the following lengths: 5k, 10kn, half marathon and marathon. For each of the four distances, all Club members’ results in “non-core” races of that distance will be consolidated into a single results table. Participants at the “non-core” only earn both position points.

There are a total of fourteen opportunities to earn points (ten “core” races and four “non-core” race distances) and each Club member’s top eight scores will be added together to reach their total score.

1st, 2nd and 3rd prizes are awarded at the Club’s AGM to the three Club members who receive the highest total scores in the following categories:

  • Veteran Male (over 40 years of age)

  •  Veteran Female (over 40 years of age)

  •  Senior Male

  •  Senior Female

Prizes will also be awarded to the overall Club Champions: the male and female Club members who receives the highest total scores.

How do you earn participation points?

Club members earn 20 participation points by taking part in each “core” race which forms part of the Met League Cross Country season and 10 participation points for each of the other five “core” races listed below.

How do you earn position points?

For each “core” race, all Club members participating will be ranked in order (fastest to slowest) and score points from 500 downwards in each race. For example, if 10 Club members participate in Race A, the fastest runner will get 500 points, the second fastest will get 499 points, the third fastest will get 498 points, and so on.

For “non-core” races, all race results submitted to the Club by Club members for each of the four distances will be consolidated into a single results table. For each of the four “non-core” distance results table, all Club members will be ranked in order (fastest to slowest) and score points from 500 downwards. For example, if Runner 1 completes the Manchester 10k cake race with a time of 45:10, Runner 2 completes the Pride 10k in 53:10 and Runner 3 completes the Brighton 10K in 38:07, all runners would be ranked in a single “non-core” 10k, with Runner 3 (38:07) receiving 500 points, Runner 1 (45:19) receiving 499 points and Runner 2 (53:10) receiving 498 points.

How many races do you need to run to qualify? Is there a minimum or maximum?

Club members can qualify for the Club Championship by running just one race. However, we encourage Club members to run as many as they can, as the more races they run, the more points they will get.

There are ten “core” races. Whilst there is no maximum number of “non-core” races that Club members can take part in, they can only submit one time for each of the four “non-core” distances so we encourage them to submit their our fastest times.

What if I can’t make it to one of the core races? Can I run a different race to make up for it?

No, but if you miss a core race of one of the four “non-core” distances (5k, 10k, half marathon or marathon), you can run a “non-core” race of the same distance and your time will be ranked against all other Club members who have run a “non-core” race of that distance. However, you will only not receive any participation points.

Do I need to run in a Club vest?

Yes, you need to run in a Club vest to earn points at a race, whether “core” or “non-core”.

I’m a second claim Club member? Am I allowed to participate?

Yes, participation is open to all London Frontrunners regardless of whether they are first or second claim Club members. Second claim Club memberss will be fully included in the results table and they will have an overall ranking in the final positions, provided they are running for the London Frontrunners and/or wearing a London Frontrunners vest. However, second claim Club members will not be eligible for prizes.

How do I inform the Club of my “non-core” race times?

You should send your “non-core” race results to the Race Secretaries at [email protected] by 28 February 2018.

Can I keep my name private on the results?

Yes. Just let the Race Secretaries know by emailing them at [email protected] that you don’t want your name to be publicised on the results. You’ll still be included but your name will be anonymised.

My question isn’t answered here. Who should I contact?

You can contact the Race Secretaries at [email protected].

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