League Rules

INTRODUCTION

The Striders League was introduced in 2006 to support the team captains in encouraging Club Members to enter and participate in Hampshire Road Race League and Today’s Runner Cross Country League (now renamed the Southern Cross Country League (SCCL)) races. The League was the source of some fun during its inaugural season and created extra interest between club members as the season progressed.

The League is split into two competitions, one male and one female. In addition to the aim of increasing participation and members scoring points for taking part, runners can challenge themselves to improve against their achieved Age Related Grading AGR) results Each runner can increase their score the better they do against their own age banding. In order to encourage members to take participate in as many races as possible, additional bonus points are awarded to those who compete in at least 50% of the SCCL and HRRL. Acquisition of these bonus points can have a significant effect on the final results.

Rules for the 2021-2022 Season

General

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic , HRRL races had to be suspended mid-way through the 2019-20 season after only seven out of the 12 scheduled races had been held. Also all four of the non-HRRL races which were due to be part of the  Striders’ League had to be cancelled.  Subsequently, there have been no road or Southern Cross Country League races since March 2020 and hence no Striders’ League competition held since then.

Happily, running events are now resuming with 10 HRRL events and 5 SCCL cross country events planned for the 2021-22 season, the Overton 5 m and Lordshill 10 km having already taken place on 5th and 19th September respectively.  It is therefore appropriate to resurrect the Striders’ League for the new season although the total number of qualifying events will be restricted this year compared to previous years..

The rules governing the award of league points taking into account the reduced number of races  are detailed below:

 

Qualifying Race Events

The qualifying road races will consist of all 10 of the HRRL events as detailed below.  No additional road races will be included this year. Only the best 8 out of the 10 road  races will count towards an individual’s final score.

The qualifying cross country races will consist of all of the SCCL events as given in the table below.

. Road Race Events

 

HRRL Events

Overton 5M 5th September 2021
Lordshill 10 km 19th September 2021
Gosport Half Marathon 21st  November 2021
Victory 5M 5th December 2021
Stubbington 10K 16th January 2022
Ryde 10M 6th February 2022
Salisbury 10M 3rd April 2022
Alton 10M 8th May 2022
Netley 10K 15th May 2022
Alresford 10k 19th June 2022

Note: Some fixtures and dates are provisional. Please check your entry carefully.

2.2. SCCL Events

The SCCL events qualifying for points in the League are as follows:

Folly Farm, Basingstoke 10th October 2021
Bourne Woods, Farnham 28th November 2021
Lord Wandsworth College, nr Odiham 19th December 2021
Chawton House, nr Alton 23rd January 2022
Alice Holt Forest TBC

3. Scoring

3.1. Basic Scoring

The scoring system is as follows:

As for the 2019-20 season, the scoring system by which league points will be awarded for the road races will be on the basis of the WMA (World Masters Athletics) Age Grading calculator which has become established as an international standard and is widely used for many races – e.g. Park Runs. The previous system relied on the use of our “Club Standards” table , the exact origin of which is lost in history. While the table proved to be very useful in allocating points to individuals in the past based on their age and performance, several anomalies have been observed in recent years. e.g one individual achieved an AGR of 72.25% and only awarded 6 league points according to the table while another individual in the same race achieved an AGR of 70.13% but was awarded 7 league points! There are numerous other examples of this anomaly. The actual points awarded on this basis will be simply ARG( %)/10 expressed to one decimal place So, to quote a couple of examples, an ARG of 70% would give a score of 7.0 points, a score of 63.7% will yield 6.4 points. Perhaps coincidentally, the actual scores will be similar to but not exactly the same as the old system. Achievement of the old platinum standard of 9 points (which will now equate to an ARG of 90%) will be more difficult while those who have achieve 4 points for competing in a race will now see higher scores. One advantage of this method will be to give a higher discrimination between runners’ individual performances across the league and minimise the possibility of ties in the first three places which has occurred two or three times in the last couple of years. Another advantage includes the elimination in discontinuities in score as a runner transits from one age band to the next and it gives the ability to use this method for ANY distance. The age grading calculators are updated from time to time. Park Runs currently use the 2006/10 version and that is the standard which I will be using – the calculator is available on the following website http://www.howardgrubb.co.uk/athletics/wmalookup06.html .

An individual’s total score for the road races will be their best EIGHT scores out of the ten road races. Hence, you do not have to run all ten races to be in with a chance of winning! 🙂

In the case of the cross country league races the points awarded will be on the same basis as in previous years. i.e. 5 points for completing a XC league race whilst running for Denmead Striders

3.2. Bonus Points

In order to encourage the fullest possible participation in the League events, on completion of the SCCL and HRRLseasons, bonus points will be awarded, dependent on the number of events completed.

The basis for awarding bonus points this year will remain unchanged:

  • 13 points for completion of 8 league road races
  • 12 points for completion of 7 league road races
  • 11 points for completion of 6 league road races
  • 10 points for completion of 5 league road races
  • 10 points for completion of 5 SCCL races.
  • 9 points for completion of 4 SCCL races.
  • 8 points for completion of 3 SCCL races.

The bonus point system will be split into two separate sections one for the road races the other for cross country, with all scores added to give final totals.

The League will run throughout the season with all paid-up members being eligible, results will be updated on the website as soon as possible after each race.

For further information on the Championship or if anyone thinks I have made an error in allocation of their points (I’m not infallible!!!) please contact Graham Clarke either by e-mail or on Club Night.