North Down Grand Prix

 

North Down Grand Prix

Launching our club Grand Prix for 2016/2017

We are pleased to launch the 4th annual Grand Prix with an exciting mix of races planned for the next 12 months. This year sees a change in the scoring system and the addition of a couple of new events to shake it all up a bit and to encourage those fleet of foot to participate! We kick off with the Seeley Cup towards the end of this month, followed by the ever popular North West XC in December. To register your interest, please email philipmulligan0703@gmail.com. It’s free to enter for all paid up club members, and requires no commitment apart from an interest to race for the club, when you can, during the next year.

Congratulations to Helen Byers and Philip Mulligan for winning last year’s competition. You performed very well over a variety of distances and terrains. The presentation of prizes will occur at our Christmas Dinner on Dec 19th.

So, get planning and get training. Good luck!

 

So, what is it all about?

We would like to encourage more of our members to race and participate in local races regardless of their ability. Don’t be put off by competing – it can be fun participating even if you don’t have a podium finish.

Often, our new members are unsure which races to aim for, which ones have good support from the club and where they will be guaranteed to bump into a friendly face or two. We have tried to choose a variety of race distances covering different terrain. No one person will excel at all so everyone is in with a chance.

 

And how does it work:

We’ve selected 12 races over 12 months – all your scores to count.

Scoring System (separate league for men and women):

10 points for completing the race – so everyone will get a benefit from just turning up.

+10 points for being the first man/woman from the club

+9 points for being the second man/woman from the club

+8 points for being the third man/woman from the club

And so on down to +1. Max points per race per person would be 20pts.

Bonus Points to be gained:

  • 20 points for completing all 12 races
  • 10 points for marshalling at the Bangor 10k
  • 5 points for getting a course PB (excluding XC races)– don’t forget – you’ll get a PB if you’ve never ran that particular race before

Next steps

Please register your interest in participating with Philip Mulligan at philipmulligan0703@gmail.com. For those registered last year, we still need you to reregister. Philip will add you to the Grand Prix excel spreadsheet and after each race, will input your time/points collected from the event. To avoid hours trawling through race results which frequently do not list the club name, we need you to email your time to Philip after the race. The Grand Prix standings will then be uploaded on our club website.

Any queries/comments on the Grand Prix, please ask Philip or any committee member.

Good luck and have fun racing.

The Committee

This years races

Month Race Location Type Distance PB Link to entry
26th Nov Seeley Cup 10k Ormeau Park, Belfast Road 10k PB bonus available Sold Out
17th Dec North West XC Gransha Park, Derry XC 6k / 8k No Enter on the day
14th Jan IAAF Antrim International Greenmount Campus, Antrim XC 6k / 8k No Click Here
4th

Mar

NI & Ulster Senior XC Championships Lurgan Park, Lurgan XC 8k / 12k No Coming Soon
12th

Mar

Jimmy’s 10k Downpatrick Road 10k PB bonus available Click Here
Apr Queen’s 5k QUB, PEC, Belfast Road 5k PB bonus available Coming Soon
May Festival of Miles Mary Peters Track, Belfast Track 1m PB bonus available Enter on the day
Jun Ards Half Marathon Ards Leisure Centre, Newtownards Road HM PB bonus available Coming Soon
Jul Portaferry 10 mile Sports Centre, Portaferry Road 10m PB bonus available Coming Soon
Aug NDAC Open Meeting Sportsplex, Bangor Track 3000m PB bonus available Enter on the day
Sep Belfast Half Marathon Ormeau Park, Belfast Road HM PB bonus available Coming Soon
Oct Comber Cup Billy Neill Playing Fields, Dundonald XC 6k / 8k No Enter on the day

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