The Committee has agreed that the format be the same as last year, although some of the qualifying races have changed. Please note that some of these races sell out very soon after entries open, so if you wish to run in them, remember to enter early.
The Championship will be held throughout the calendar year, over a variety of distances and terrains, with a runner’s best 10 performances at the specified races/distances out of the 20, counting towards the final positions. Scores will be based on the aged graded WAVA calculations for each race, but points awarded in order of percentage, i.e. highest WAVA score gets 50 points, second gets 49 points etc. Runners under the age of 30 will have their percentage scores calculated at the age of 29, to eliminate some of the bias against younger runners in the formula. All calculations will be based on the official race results. Runners will stay in the same age category throughout the year, (i.e. their age on 1st January).
There will be an Overall Male Winner, Male Runner Up, Overall Female Winner and Female Runner Up, however these winners will not be eligible for the age category awards.
The Championship will also be used to decide the Club’s eight Age Category awards. For each race, runners would get 20 points for first place for the race in their age category, 19 for the second etc.
The Championship will consist of four Essex Championship races of 5 miles, 10k, 10 miles, half marathon; plus one other 5 miles (Ingatestone 5); one other 10k (Hatfield Broad Oak); one other 10 miles (Tiptree); one other half marathon (Great Bentley); the four Sunday cross country races at Ware, Hoddesdon. Saffron Striders and Bishop’s Stortford; Midweek League races at three locations (not Harlow or the Mob Match); any 5k, 15 miles, 20 miles, marathon, ultra (but only the best performance at each distance to count).
The following races have been chosen to count towards the Championship:
29th Jan - Saffron Striders XC
5th Feb – Great Bentley Half Marathon
19th Feb – Hoddesdon XC
26th Feb - Bishop’s Stortford XC
2nd Apr – Braintree 5 (Essex Championship)
24th May – MWL Fairlands Valley
29th May - Hatfield Broad Oak 10k
14th Jun – MWL Hitchin
28th Jun - MWL North Herts Road Runners
2nd Jul – Brentwood 10k (Essex Championship)
17th Sep – Ingatestone 5
24th Sep – Pleshey Half Marathon (Essex Championship)
8th Oct – Tiptree 10
12th Nov - Stebbing 10 (Essex Championship)
Nov - Ware XC
If you wish to see how the age gradings are calculated, you can look on the website at http://www.howardgrubb.co.uk/athletics/wmalookup06.html