The Grand Prix is Red Rose’s handicap competition. It allows members of all ages and abilities to compete on a broadly equal footing. The rules are designed to reward performance improvement and participation. All club members over the age of 16 are eligible to compete in the Grand Prix.
It consists of 8 events, of varied disciplines. These races are organised by outside authorities and may not be free to enter. You are expected to pay your own entry fee when required.
Club kit must be worn (you are reminded that all members are required to wear a club vest, short or long sleeve top in all competitions). Any member not wearing club kit will be counted as last placed.
For further information, see the full rules.
For the 2018 season we had a new handicap calculation. We will be using this for the 2019 competition.
Your handicap will be calculated based on your best 10k time for each of the last 3 years as listed on the Power of 10 website. These 3 best 10k times will be averaged and used to calculate your recent Best Average 10k Pace in minutes per Km. This will then be used to compare your performance in each Grand Prix race for the current season. The comparison is in the form of a ratio (Best Average Pace/Race Pace). For example, if your Best Average Pace is 05:00 mins per Km and you run a 10k in 60 mins (which works out to be 06:00 mins per km) the ratio will be 5/6.
If you have not had 3 year’s worth of results then 2 year’s will be used and failing that the results from 1 year if they are all that is available. If no 10k results are available then other race results will be used and weighted to give a subjective estimate of your Best Average 10k Pace.
On those rare occasions where you do not have any useable results then the Results Secretary will make an estimate of your Best Average 10k Pace based on your perceived ability.
All estimates of Best Average 10k Paces will be reviewed by the committee. The committee will, at their sole discretion, set the pace to be used for the season.
For each Grand Prix race the runner with the highest ratio will be awarded 30 points, 29 points for next highest and so forth. If more than 30 runners compete then subsequent runners will score 1 point.
Men and ladies will be scored on a separate scale.
Trophies will be awarded to the first three men and ladies with the highest points total from all eight races and are awarded at the presentation evening each year.
Grand Prix 2019
We will post the current standings for the Grand Prix soon after the first race.
|23 February 2019||Standish Hall Trail||Trail|
|10 March 2019||New Longton 10K||Road|
|17 April 2019||Curleys 5k||Road|
|6 June 2019||Henderson’s End||Fell|
|7 July 2019||Bentham Beagles 10K||Road|
|10 August 2019||Catforth 5k||Road|
|13 October 2019||Anderton Boat Lift Half||Road|
|22 December 2019||Rudolph’s Red Nose 5
Grand Prix 2018
|$||Series Race. You can run it once, or multiple times, but your best time will be counted.|
|21st Jan||The Mast Race||Road & Fell||Icy conditions. Organisers postponed the race to 27th May 2018 on safety grounds.|
|31st Mar||Rivington Pike||Fell||Rivington Pike Fell Race|
|4th Apr||Blackpool Interclub||Road||Blackpool Interclub Grand Prix Results|
|13th May||Race to Remember(Race information link)||Trail||Race to Remember|
|27th May||The Mast Race||Road & Fell||The Mast Race|
|7th Jun||Cuerden Valley Badger Trail$||Trail||See results for series after final race on 2nd Aug|
|5th Jul||Cuerden Valley Badger Trail$||Trail||See results for series after final race on 2nd Aug|
|12th Jul||Calder Vale 4 Mile Supper Run||Trail||Calder Vale|
|2nd Aug||Cuerden Valley Badger Trail$||Trail||The Badger 10K Trail Series|
|16th Sep||English Half Marathon||Road||English Half Marathon|
|4th Nov||Through the Villages||Road||Through The Villages Through The Villages – Race Photos|
The results of all the recent competitions and most of the competitions since the club started in 1982 can be found here.