At tonights AGM the schedule of club championship races was announced for 2017. It is always difficult to decide amongst the many races available and to keep the competition fresh so we dont keep retreading the same steps. Having said that, most members have perennial favourites so the committee try to mix the old and new together. Considerable attention is given to the value-for-money of the races and there are always a mixture of free, or lower cost races included in the schedule with the aim that a member can compete in the required four events at a reasonable cost.
Another consideration is to seperate races out in the calendar, and to allow for a good mix of distances. We always try to include a half-marathon and a 10 mile race along with 1 or 2 10k races and a 5k.
Next years schedule will be;
Chosen to include a cross country race, and with an eye to this years superb start in the league, to encourage a really big turnout at this traditionally very muddy race.
A half which most people haven't done. If enough members are interested (at least 30) a free coach will be provided in order to offset costs for members, and to save the planet.
Fast, flat, local.
The Peterborough Grand Prix had increased numbers of participants this year and, as many members run regularly round Ferry Meadows, we thought this one would be a bit of a change.
Moved back to the summer by popular demand. This is being held on a Friday night with the hope that, it not being a school night, some juniors might like to take part, and some seniors might like to go to the pub afterward. There are showers at the track pavilion and many hostelries within staggering distance.
Rutland is one of the two Parkruns that we allow for standards and records, having been accurately measured. It'll make a change from Peterborough Parkrun which many members support week-in-week-out.
Reports of this years event were very positive, and a nice long run to end the season
An additional race will be put on that won't form part of the Club Championships; due to the the very positive response to the Club Mile races from the past couple of years a Club Mile Graded Race will be held during the Autumn (date TBA). This will use the results of your Club Championship Mile time to set a series of mixed age and mixed gender races where the competitors race against other club members based entirely on their previous finish time. This will group all the runners much more tightly and provide for some really exciting races.