Club Championships

The Club Championships will run from May 2019 to April 2020. The Club Championships are a series of races run throughout the year over various distances with a view to adding some friendly competition, together with the usual support and encouragement, between club members.

The selected races are listed below. There are 26 races in total spread throughout the year. Runners can enter as many or as few of these as they wish, but only their best ten will contribute towards their Club Championship points.

Further details, Championship rules and the method by which points will be calculated will follow. If you have any questions please contact the Club Championships organisers (Martin Allen and Daniel Blount).


Harwell Harriers RC

Club Championship Rules 2019/20

Eligibility for Club Championship
1 Runners who are first claim members of Harwell Harriers RC will automatically be entered into the Club Championship.
2 Runners must attend an average of at least two Harwell Harriers RC training sessions per calendar month to be eligible for the Club Championship.
Club Championship races
3 The eligible races for the Club Championship will be made available before the onset of the season.  No other races will earn points towards the Club Championship.
4 The Club Championship co-ordinator may substitute Club Championship races through consultation with the Club Committee in the event of race cancellations, clashes etc.
5 It is the runners’ responsibility to enter races in good time.  No concessions will be made if entry limits prevent anyone competing in a Club Championship race.
Club Championship points
6 To earn Club Championship points, runners must compete under Harwell Harriers RC in eligible races.
7 To earn Club Championship points, runners must compete wearing Harwell Harriers club colours as the upper layer in eligible races.  Runners wishing to run for charity may wear a charity running shirt and earn Club Championship points only upon prior agreement with the Club Chair.
8 To encourage participation, one Club Championship point will be awarded in addition to any finishing points for each eligible race completed.
9 Runners finish times will be used to calculate an age-grading score (  Ages used in calculations will be the runner’s age on the day of each race.
10 Official race finishing times will be used in age-grading calculations.  These will be chip times, where they are available.
11 For each eligible race, Club Championship runners will earn the following points depending on their club position using age-graded times.   First = 5 points; Second = 4 points; Third = 3 points; Fourth = 2 points; Fifth = 1 point. Runners may have 5 bonus points for running a marathon within the Championship year.
13 Runners may enter as many Club Championship races as they wish, however, only Club Championship points from the best 10 races will be counted towards the Club Championship.
14 Each runner will have one Wildcard that they can play at any eligible race in the Club Championship season.  Runners will score double points for a race in which they have played their Wildcard.  The Wildcard must be played before the start of the race.
Club Championship prizes
15 Runners will be divided into Club Championship age categories based on their age on 1st May 2019.  Senior (up to 44 years), Veteran (45 years and over.
16 Age categories will be further divided by gender (i.e. SM, SW, VM, VW).
17 At the end of the season, final points will be calculated and prizes will be awarded to winners of SM, SW, VM, and VW categories.
18 In the event of a tie for final points in any category, head-to-head race performances will be used to determine the category winner.  If a winner can still not be determined, average per-race points gained over all (i.e. not just the 8 eligible races) Club Championship races will be used to decide the winner.
19 A “Hardworking Harrier” prize will be awarded to the runner who completed the most Club Championship races.
20 In the event of a tie for “Hardworking Harrier”, the runner who entered the most races (excluding parkruns) in the season will be awarded the prize.
Data protection
21 Runners must be willing to allow their Date of Birth and gender to be shared with Club Championship co-ordinator to enable age-grading and Club Championship category to be determined.
22 An Excel spreadsheet containing full name, date of birth, gender, points eligibility, finishing position, finishing time, age-graded times, and points awarded for all competitors in each race will be maintained by the Club Championship co-ordinators.  A request can be made to view this spreadsheet at any time.  A request may also be made by an individual to have their data removed from the spreadsheet.
Disputes and adjudication
23 Any disputes must be made in writing to the Club Championship co-ordinators no more than one month after the event in question.
24 Adjudication will be made by the Club Chair.  In the event of adjudication, the Club Chair decision is final.