Club Championship and Member of the Month

We have decided to reinvent the Club Championship and below you’ll find details of how it will work in 2018. 

MRC Race Championship

The committee will nominate one race per month. We encourage as many members as possible to enter these races; we will, initially at least, keep these races relatively local, and aim for distances up to half-marathon.
You can choose to enter as many of the monthly nominated races as you like, and you will be awarded points based on your position in the race compared with other MRC runners taking part.
1st MRC runner home         10 points
2nd                                       9
3rd                                        8
Etc. The minimum award for completing a race is 5 points.
Your best 6 results in the year will count. Only MRC nominated races will count in this bit. We will publish a list of the nominated races at the start of the year, and amend it if necessary during the year (if a race is cancelled, sells out early etc).

In addition you will be able to score points by taking part in the MRC10k. Points will be awarded as above. In this case your results from half the races we hold will count - so, if we arrange 4 MRC 10ks in a year, your best 2 positions will count.
Your total points from the Nominated Races and MRC 10ks will give your score for the year, and the top scorers will be the overall winners.
Age grading: as well as the overall winners, we'll also have people's ages and will award prizes for the best scores in M and F 40, 50 and 60 (only one prize per person of course.)
MRC Race Championship:  2018 Nominated Races:
January:                Rough & Tumble, 14/1/18 / Longleat 10k 28/1/18
February:              Lungbuster – 4/2/18 – 9 mile
March:                   Calne Clock Change Challenge: 25/3/18; 5k / 10k
April:                     Devizes Half – 8/4/18
May:                      Ramsbury 5m – 20/5/18 (tbc)
June:                     Hungerford Harey 8, 1/7/18
July:                      Chippenham 5k River Run: 18 July
August:                 Stripped Back Bustard 5 – date tbc
September:           Swindon Half Marathon – 9/9/18
October:                Cricklade Half Marathon (also 10k) – 7/10/18
November:            Over the Hills - 4 November
                               Sodbury Slog, 10 miles, (Now full)
                               Nice-Antibes / Antibes Cannes Marathon
December:            Bromham 10k (race full)
                               Marlborough parkrun 8 December

Member of the Month
This is where we want to recognise members’ contribution to the Club, as demonstrated in a number of ways.  You can gain points for turning up (!), entering races, helping at events, organising events; and we’re not just talking about our three races, we want to recognise people who help at our regular weekly sessions and in other ways.  We will award points for:
  • Races entered (all races, not only the MRC nominated races below; proof may be required!) – 2 pts per race*
  • Wednesday attendance – 2 pts (*If you turn up on a club 10k night and run the 10k you get 2 points + plus your Championship points for taking part in the race; if you turn up but choose not to run the 10k you get 2 points, for attending).
  • Being photographed at a race in MRC kit! – 1 bonus point
  • Hosting a Saturday run (must be publicised to all) – 5 pts
  • Attending a Saturday run (as a runner, not just for breakfast!) – 2 pts
  • Marshalling at an MRC race (May, June & November) as well as timing or helping at Wednesday runs, e.g. 10k, Zero Run, Handicaps: – 5 pts (If you help at a Zero run or another club Wednesday event (not the club 10k) and take part you get 7 points)
  • Running as part of an MRC team in the Ridgeway or Wessex relays – 5 pts
  • Helping when we arrange special events such as New Runners programmes, social events, club trips – 5 pts.
  • Proposing a new event / training session / trip which is used and which works – 10 pts
We will try to keep a tally of all this and announce the winner each month. (NB – this award is not open to committee members.)  To spread the excitement around we have decided that no-one can win this award more than once in a year.