REDHILL GRAND PRIX

The Redhill Road Runners Grand Prix is a friendly and inclusive competition that uses a series of open events to decide the Club’s runners with the best all round performance in the year. Trophies are up for grabs for the top 3 men, top 3 women, plus top performance in each veteran category (v35, v45, v55, v65, v75). Members who have achieved a finishing position in the Grand Prix series before the draw might also be eligible to apply for one of the club’s guaranteed London Marathon places for the following year (subject to additional criteria).

 

Grand Prix winners are usually those members that are most visible at events, flying the flag for Redhill, and are often not the club’s fastest runners. You will maximise your points by running a broad range of races over different terrains and distances throughout the year, or marshalling at club-organised races. 2019’s senior winners were Vivienne Craven and Wayne Stott.

 

Grand Prix events normally run from January through December. However, 2020 has been an unusual year following the pandemic appearance of covid-19. 2020 races continued into March 2020, from when most events were cancelled to help prevent the spread of disease and protect the NHS from being overwhelmed. At its meeting in November 2020, the club Committee agreed to merge the 2020 and 2021 series into a single competition, with races from either year being eligible and final standings to be announced in December 2021. The same events will count both in 2020 and 2021, and if any single event goes ahead in both years, a runner’s best position across the 2 years will count. Up to 13 events can count for the 2020_21 series, and eligible races are highlighted in the Race Diary in italics. Many events might not be confirmed until later in 2021 due to changing Government and England Athletics guidelines. Where races are cancelled in both 2020 and 2021, alternative eligible races may be announced. Virtual and self-timed races are not eligible for Grand Prix points. Races that count towards the 2020_21 Grand Prix series are:

 

  • Your best TWO cross country results (from any East or North Midlands Cross Country race)

  • Your best TWO Summer League results (from any of the races)

  • Your best TWO County Championship results (from up to 8 available; Newstead Abbey Dash, 10k, Notts 10, Worksop Half Marathon, Full Marathon, County Cross Country, Fell (ranking based on best 2 of 3 events) and Trail Running Championships). Track and relay events are not eligible.

  • Your best age grade for ONE Gedling parkrun run anytime in 2020 or 2021.

  • National Cross Country Champs, Wollaton Park (Sat 22nd Feb 2021)

  • Hollymoreside 10k (May TBC 2021)

  • Tara Kinder memorial 10k (July TBC 2021)

  • Calke Abbey 10k (Sept TBC 2021)

  • Robin Hood half marathon (Sept TBC 2021)

  • Rother Valley half marathon (1Nov TBC 2021)

 

To be eligible for a finishing position in the Grand Prix Series, members (both men & ladies) must have completed a minimum of:

  • One Gedling parkrun

  • One Summer League race

  • One East or North Midlands Cross Country race

  • One listed County Championship race

  • Plus one listed event of 10 miles or more (a County Championship race of 10 miles or more counts for both categories)

 

For each event, the first male/female Redhill finisher will be awarded 30 points, with the second getting 29, third 28, continuing down to 5 points. Points for the Gedling parkrun will be based on ranked Age Graded results over the whole year. Points for the County Fell championships will be based on rankings in the final County Champs competition. Points for all other races will be based on actual position on the day. Every member completing a Grand Prix event is guaranteed 5 points even if there are more than 26 Redhill members in the race. In 2020, Redhill will itself be organising 1 race (the 5k County Champs at Newstead Abbey). Members who choose to marshal rather than run at this race, and/or at the National Cross Country Champs will receive 20 points for the event. Points for marshalling the Newstead Dash can count as one of the member’s best 2 results and to eligibility criteria in the County Championship category.

 

In the event of a tie, more than one award may be awarded for a category. A tie for first or second overall rankings will result in non-award of one or both lower rankings within the overall category. Only one prize can be won by any member, so veterans who achieve a top 3 overall ranking would not also be eligible for a separate veteran prize. Veterans are eligible for the oldest category they qualify for based on age on the date of the first event of the series. All members who have fully paid 2021 membership fees are eligible for Grand Prix points, including second claim members when wearing Redhill colours.

 

Run as many of the races you want. The more races you run, the more points you can accumulate!

 

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