Club Championship 2019 - 2020
What Is It?
Starting in October 2019 with the Southend 10k, Leigh on Sea Striders will be holding its 7th annual club championship. Unlike other championships, this won't simply reward the quickest runners who pass the finish line first. Instead, it will recognise those runners who, through dedication to training and racing, see the greatest improvement in their performances. It will allow male and female runners, young and old runners to compete against one another on an even footing. We hope it will be fun - and provide even more post race talking points.
How Does It Work?
It is all based on WAVA (World Association of Veteran Athletes) Age Grading figures. WAVA log the world record time over standard distances set by athletes of every age and both genders. Age grading is calculated as the percentage of world record pace for your age and gender. So, if the world record for a 10k by a 50 year old woman is 30 minutes and you (also a 50 year old woman in this example!!) run your 10k in 1 hour, your age grading will be 50%.
Throughout the year, the age grading achieved by every club member in Parkruns, club time trials and any other timed race is recorded. At the end of September, your average age grading for the year is calculated (outliers – for example when you paced slower runners – are excluded!) This is set as your “starting age grading” for the season ahead.
For each of the designated championship races, runners’ age grading figures are calculated. These are then compared with their starting figure for the year. The runner who achieves the highest percentage improvement in that race is awarded 200 points. The next best 199 and so on.
During the year, a runner’s best 8 performances count (i.e. if you do 9 championship races, your lowest score is discarded). As new runners join the club, their recent results (if any) are examined and used to set a starting age grading so they can join in part way through a year. If there are not at least 3 race results available for a runner (for example, because they are new to running) their starting age grading will only be calculated after they have done their first 3 races with the club.
As last year there are no designated marathons in the championship. Instead, any club runner who runs an officially timed marathon may score for that marathon. To do so, you MUST nominate it as your championship marathon in advance (by informing John Western, ideally by email firstname.lastname@example.org) In September, the times achieved by all runners in nominated marathons will be used to calculate age gradings and championship points as if they had been achieved in a single event. Only one marathon can score for a runner during the championship year. You must nominate your marathon before it is run.
They are few rules for the championship. One is that you MUST wear your club vest/T-shirt in order to score points. There are permitted exceptions, for example if you are raising money for a charity (in a marathon for example) and have been asked to wear the charity shirt in that event.
It is hoped that the championship will challenge you to run more competitive races, to race over different distances from your ‘usual’ and most of all, to have fun.
The latest standings can be located from the bottom of this page, with the final results being announced at the annual dinner and dance, where trophies will be awarded.
Which Races Qualify?
06 Oct Southend 10k Classic
19 Oct Southend parkrun 5K
10 Nov Stebbing Remembrance Day 10M
17 Nov SEEXC League - Benfleet RC @ Hadleigh Park
22 Dec LoSS Turkey Trot
19 Jan Benfleet 15
23 Feb SEEXC League - Thrift Green Trotters @ Thorndon Park
01 Mar Essex 20
15 Mar Brentwood Half Marathon
tbc Mar Orion 15
05 Apr Rayleigh 10K
tbc May Bluebell 5
18 May LoSS 5K Time Trial
tbc Jun Southend Half Marathon
tbc Jul LoSS Salad Trot
26 Jul Kirste 5M Memorial Race
15 Aug Hadleigh parkrun
tbc Sep Essex Summer XC, Weald Park 10k
A table of scores and positions for each race up to and including the latest event (Southend parkrun on 19th Oct) can be viewed in .PDF format by following this link...click here!
2018-2019 Winner: To be announced at Annual DInner Dance in October
2017-2018 Winner: Arran Salmon with 1585 For full results of 2017-2018 championship.....click here!
2016-2017 Winner: Claire Downham with 1597 points. For full results of 2016-2017 championship.....click here!
2015-2016 Winners: Elliot Cone with 1596 points. For full results of 2015-2016 championship......click here!
2014-2015 Winner: Niki Read with 1598 points. For full results of 2014-2015 championship...... click here!
2013-2014 Winner: Fiona Walker with 1600 points. For full results of 2013-2014 championship...... click here!