Southville Running Club Championship 2016
SRC Championship 2016
What’s it all about?
The SRC Championship started in 2011. It was devised to encourage runners who hadn’t raced before, to give it a go and get to enjoy the social side of racing and to make it more interesting for those who already appreciate it. After most races, people stop off at a pub or coffee house to have a drink, something to eat and chew over the day’s events. Perhaps celebrate a personal victory or soften the pain of a bad day. Most importantly it’s about having fun.
Four of the last five winners have not been the fastest runners by any means, just kept plugging away slowly improving. Now in it’s fifth year we’ve got prizes for Senior Men, Vets and Ladies plus a trophy for the overall winner. As yet no lady has taken the title………. may be this year?
The nice thing about the SRC championship is knowing there will always be someone from the club at an event, a chance to share lifts too. So as they put it in Father Ted, ‘Go on, go on, go on, go on, go on, you know you want to’.
What does it involve?
The Championship is formed from 10 races but please don’t panic, only 4 races count - see the list of the 10 races below with links to their websites. The races are chosen to be no more than 10 km long and within 20 miles of Southville. They take place on weekends and during weekday evenings enabling you to find races which fit in with your life. There are road and off road races, others combine the two into what is termed multi terrain. The Championship starts at the Pensford 10km on Sunday 24th April and ends with the Dundry Thunder on Thursday 30th June.
All you have to do is pick 4 or more races and enter them. Many races can be entered on the day (Blaise Blazers, Park Run ) others such as Tyntesfield 10 km and the Town & Country Harriers TACH summer series have to be entered in advance as they fill up quickly so please look at each race’s website for details or ask around the club. Prices range from free for a Park Run to £12. Most are in the £5 -£8 range. It’s up to you to do your race entries.
What do I do now?
If this has galvanised you into having ago - which I hope it has - all you have to do is give me your name, age and email address plus your most recent race results (if any) before the 19th April. by using the form to the right of this page
All races offer discounts to runners who are attached to a club. To become attached to Southville Running Club talk to Laura Collicott (our club sec) about purchasing an England Athletic Card and Dave Shattock/ Andy Ventham about a racing vest (about £20). The EA card will pay for itself after 4-5 races; a club top is a requirement of being an attached runner plus it has the benefit of making it easy to spot a friendly face amongst hundreds of people at the at the start of a race. It also is a must to be part of the SRC to be a member of the club and an EA member too. It's hard to go through lists of 100's of names looking for you in the results. Much quicker for me to pull out Southville runners and then find your name.
How does it work
For each road race an individual target time is given to every runner. The target is based on a combination of previous results, feedback from group leaders and a dose of guesswork at the start by myself. For every second you beat your target time you get a point, when you don’t hit your target, a minus point. Gains and losses are set at a maximum of 90. No fibbing about what you achieved in the past to gain an advantage or worrying about having too bad a day.
|Runner A||Target time for 5km flat road race||= 21.30|
|Points||= + 35|
|Runner B||Target time for 5km flat road race||= 23.15|
|Points||= - 90|
|Runner A||Target of winner’s time for a Blaise Blazer||= 132%|
|Winners time||= 23.15|
|Runner A's time||= 28.54|
|Runner A’s % of winner’s time||= 124%|
|Runner A’s points||32 (4 x 8%)|
Gains and losses are limited to 90 points as for road races. I may adjust the number of points for each % to make it comparable to road racing.
|How much does it cost to enter?||Nothing, gratis, free.|
|What if I do more than 4 races?||Your worst scores are dropped so the more you do the better your chances.|
|What if I do less than 4 races?||
At the end of the championship, anyone who has 4 race scores takes precedent over someone with 3 races or less even though they may have fewer points. Someone with 3 scores takes precedence over a runner with 2 race scores etc.
|What if I disagree with my race target?||
You will have to be patient for your first race or two if you have no racing history, it usually comes out in the wash at the end. You can moan if you want but it won’t get you anywhere.
|Where do I find race entry details?||
The SRC Championship will have a dedicated web page on the SRC site with the list of races plus Facebook. All race websites can be found on by following the links below
|Where do I find my target?||
The club website will have a dedicated page with a table with all the races, your points score and target for the next race updated after an SRC race and on Facebook too.