- Summer Club Championship Races (road, fell & trail)
- Winter Club Championship Races (Borders League & Cross-Country (XC))
- Club champions since 1980
We run an annual championship open to all club members for the prestigious title of Club Champions for both male and female athletes in a variety of categories. The aim is to reward performance and encourage participation.
CLUB CHAMPIONSHIP CHANGES DUE TO THE PANDEMIC
Due to the pandemic, the following changes have been made:
- the 2020 Championship is being held in summer and autumn 2021 (similar to the Olympics and the Euro football champs) as a short five race series (best three to count) – see www.helsbyrunningclub.org.uk/club-championships/results/ for details,
- the 2021 Championship will consist of the 2021/22 Border League and cross-country races – fixtures (as known to date) are on: www.helsbyrunningclub.org.uk/club-championships/winter-xc-and-borders-league/, and
- therefore, the 2022 Championship will be back normal and consist of the 2022 road, fell and trail races with the 2022/23 Border League and cross-country races.
The championship is split into five categories:
Summer (typically March to September)
Winter (typically October to April)
- Cross Country
- Borders League
Each championship category has prizes for both women and men and has seven nominated races. To qualify for the championship prize, a runner needs to have completed a minimum of three races with a maximum of five to count towards the championship. There will be separate prizes for age category winners for both men and women for all disciplines; this will be in five or ten year age gaps dependent on numbers of participants.
The races are chosen to maximise participation i.e. easy to get to, spread out over the year, cheap and popular. In each race, the first male and female club runner receives 30 points, the second 29, the third 28 …you can probably see the pattern!
In addition, the overall Club Champions will be decided by each participant’s best two races from each discipline, to be eligible for overall club champion participants must have competed in all disciplines.
In addition, at the award evenings (usually in June), the following prizes are awarded:
- Joe Beswick Trophy (the runners’ runner) – the award of this trophy is to recognise the person who has given the most to the club whether through performance in races or efforts for the club – voted on by all members present
- Best comeback – as identified by the Club Chair and Men’s and Women’s Captains
- Most improved over the season (man and woman) – as identified by the Club Chair and Men’s and Women’s Captains
- Best road all-rounder – as identified by Season’s Bests over a variety of road race lengths