Club Championship

The 2019 Club Championship consists of 24 club nominated races (12 road and 12 off-road). 6 of these races must be completed in order to qualify for the Championship. If more than 6 races are completed, the runner’s best 6 will count In the event of a tie on points, the average age-graded percentage over those 6 best races will count. A bonus point will be awarded to anyone competing 9 or more races, 1 point per race up to a maximum of 3 bonus points.

The races are selected by the club, and will be approved by the committee each year. The races selected try to create a wide range of competition against club members, over a variety of distances and terrain and to encourage members to participate in local races, without creating a demanding or expensive race schedule.

These races are scored on an age graded basis that enables performance to be gauged without bias to age or gender. Points are rewarded for each race. 50 points will be awarded for the best age graded performance for each race, with 49 for second, 48 for 3rd, and so on.

The 2019 Championship Races:

Date Race Type
Tuesday 8th January Somer AC January 5k Time Trial Road Race
Sunday, 27th January Slaughterford 9 Off-Road Race
Sunday, 10th February Wiltshire 10 Road Race
Sunday, 24th February River Avon Trail 10k Off-Road Race
Saturday, 9th March Avon Valley 50/50 5 mile (Trail) & 5 mile (Road) Multi-Terrain
Sunday, 17th March Bath Half Marathon Road Race
Tuesday, 2nd April Somer AC April 5k Time Trial Road Race
Sunday, 28th April Pensford Trail 10k Off-Road Race
Sunday 5th May Bristol 10k Road Race
Saturday, 25th May Egdon Easy  Road Race
Sunday, 9th June Lacock 5k, 10k & Half Marathon Road Race
Saturday, 22nd June River Pursuit 6k & 12k Off-Road Race
Saturday, 6th July Charmouth Challenge Off-Road Race
Sunday, 21st July Frome 5k, 10k & Half Marathon Road Race
Tuesday, 6th August Somer AC August 5k Time Trial Road Race
Sunday, 18th August 2 Tunnels 5k, 10k, Half Marathon, Marathon & 50k(!) Off Road Race
Sunday, 15th September Bristol Half Marathon Road Race
Sunday, 22nd September Mells Scenic 7 Off-Road Race
Saturday, 5th October Avon Valley Railway 4k & 11k Off-Road Race
Sunday, 27th October Shepton Mallet 10k Road Race
Tuesday, 5th November Somer AC November 5k Time Trial Road Race
Sunday, 7th November Keynsham Dandy Off-Road Race
Sunday, 1st December Bromham Pudding Run Road Race
Sunday, 8th December Weston Christmas Cracker Off-Road Race

Prizes

There is a separate Championship for Men and Ladies. A shield will be awarded in each category and engraved with the recipient’s name. This will be presented at the annual awards presentation evening in January.

Rules

The club championship is open to all fully paid-up first claim members only.

All competitors must enter the race as affiliated to Somer AC. You must be wearing a Club vest, t-shirt, or long sleeved shirt bearing the Somer AC logo and name.

You must have an official number in your name, for the selected race in which you are competing. Runners are responsible for organising their own entries to all races – no member of the committee will assist in obtaining race entries. Please be aware that some of the more popular races do reach limits early.

6 of these races must be completed during the year in order to qualify for the Championship. In the event of two races being completed in any one month, only the best age graded performance will count towards championship points.  If more than 6 races are completed, the runner’s best 6 will count In the event of a tie on points, the average age-graded percentage over those 6 best races will count.

Points will be awarded based on percentages calculated by the ‘Racemaster 98’ software. At the end of the competition, in the event of a tie on points, the winner will be the competitor with the highest overall average age-graded percentage over the six ‘best’ races used to calculate their points. A bonus point will be awarded to anyone competing 9 or more races, 1 point per race up to a maximum of 3 bonus points.

Races will only be changed under the following conditions:-

  • The race date interferes with/is detrimental to a club sponsored activity (e.g. club trip, Club camp, Wobbler).
  • The race date clashes with a Club organised race.
  • There are circumstances beyond the committee’s control, for example cancellation of race, a non-permit, in which case a similar race will be substituted.

Ownership of trophies will remain the property of Somer Athletic Club and must be returned within 2 weeks of the Club’s annual Presentation evening. Damage or loss of trophies must be rectified by the recipient.

These will be presented at the Club’s annual awards presentation evening in January.

All runners compete in races at their own risk.

REMEMBER – Club vests must be worn at all races!!