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.
In the 2018 season we introduced a new handicap calculation, this will continue to be used in the 2020 season.
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.
***Change For 2020***
For the 2020 season, a runner’s best 6 of the 8 results will count. This will mean that a runner will not be lose out too much if they cannot make all of the races.
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.
From 2020, a runner’s best 6 out of 8 results will be counted in the final standings.
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 2020
|29th February||Lancaster Cross Country||XC||Lancaster XC Results|
|8th March||Roddlesworth Roller||Trail||Roddlesworth Roller Results|
|10th May||Chorley 10K||Road|
|18th June||Aggies Staircase||Fell|
|1st November*||Allithwaite 8||Trail|
|28th November*||Liverpool Cross Country||XC|
|6th December*||Myerscough 10||Road|
Grand Prix 2019
Grand Prix Final Standings (After 8 races)
|23 February 2019||Standish Hall Trail||Trail||Standish Hall Trail 10K|
|10 March 2019||New Longton 10K||Road||New Longton 10K|
|17 April 2019||Curleys 5k||Road||Curleys 5K|
|6 June 2019||Leo Pollard Memorial Race ( was Henderson’s End)||Fell||Leo Pollard Memorial Race|
|7 July 2019||Bentham Beagles 10K||Road||Bentham Beagles 10K|
|10 August 2019||Catforth 5k||Road||Catforth 5k|
|13 October 2019||Anderton Boat Lift Half||Road||Anderton Boat Lift Half|
|22 December 2019||Rudolph’s Red Nose 5 mile||Road||Rudolph’s Red Nose|
The results of all the recent competitions and most of the competitions since the club started in 1982 can be found here.