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 have a new handicap calculation.
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.
|$||Series Race. You can run it once, or multiple times, but your best time will be counted.|
|*||Dates are provisional and subject to change. Should a race clash with an existing event, or be cancelled, an alternative will be chosen.|
|21st Jan||The Mast Race||Road & Fell||Icy conditions. Organisers postponed the race to 27th May 2018 on safety grounds.|
|31st Mar||Rivington Pike||Fell||Rivington Pike Fell Race|
|4th Apr||Blackpool Interclub||Road||Blackpool Interclub Grand Prix Results|
|13th May||Race to Remember||Trail||Race to Remember|
|27th May||The Mast Race||Road & Fell||The Mast Race|
|7th Jun||Cuerden Valley Badger Trail$||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|
|4th Nov||*Through the Villages||Road|
|Christmas Pudding 10k||Road|
Final Standings GranPrix 2017-11-20
|$||Series Race. You could run it once, or multiple times. Your best time was counted.|
|4th Mar||Leigh Cross Country||Cross Country||Leigh 2017-04-27|
|16th April||Valiants Half Marathon||Road||Valiants 2017-04-27|
|3rd May||Astley Park Trail$||Trail||See results for series after final race on 2nd Aug|
|7th Jun||Astley Park Trail$||Trail||“|
|5th Jul||Astley Park Trail$||Trail||“|
|9th Jul||Hendon Brook||Road||Hendon_Brook 2017-07-13|
|2nd Aug||Astley Park Trail$||Trail||Astley_Trail 2017-08-31|
|13th Aug||Boulsworth||Fell||Boulsworth_GP 2017-08-31|
|28th Aug||Royal Rumble||Trail / Fell||RoyalRumble 2017-08-31|
|29th Oct||Accrington 10k this is a substitution for the Race to Remember which was to have been run on the 8th Oct but was postponed to June 2018 because of bad weather.||Trail||Accrington_GP 2017-11-20|
|19th Nov||13 Arches Half Marathon||Trail||13_Arches 2017-11-20|
The results of all the recent competitions and most of the competitions since the club started in 1982 can be found here.