Novosco 10km Grand Prix 2016

04 February 2016

It is proposed to hold a not for profit 10km race Grand Prix starting in March 2016 running through to the following November 2016.  All races must be accurately measured and certified as 10km before race day, must have permits from ANI, must agree to use chip timing services as provided by ChampionChip Ireland and must be displayed on the ANI fixture list.

Runners will submit their entry to each individual race in the normal fashion and the race organiser will provide the relevant entry data to the Grand Prix organisers.

The runner’s performances at each race will be compared to the Age Graded Tables. Age grading is a way to adjust the runner’s performance according to age and gender. The age-grading tables were developed by the World Association of Veteran Athletes, the world governing body for track and field, long distance running and race walking for veteran athletes. The tables were first published in 1989.

All monies in the fund are solely for the GP and all the stakeholders i.e. the race organisers, ANI, Novosco and ChampionChip Ireland will have the right to query how the revenue is spent to promote the GP.  No stakeholder will take a profit from the revenue generated and any excess funds left at the end of the lifetime of the GP will be donated to athletics development in NI.

A ranking list of the participants will be generated after each race showing the runner’s times and their relevant age graded score as a percentage.  The rank will be ordered with the runner with the best score at the top and so on in descending order like a football league table.  The percentages can be displayed to tenths eg 84.7 if necessary.  The average percentage score of each runner across all the races they complete would be used. Chip times would be used primarily. Runners will have to complete at least 6 of the 13 races in the GP.

Prizes will be awarded to the top runners in the table overall regardless of age and gender.   A team prize will be provided with a team score being calculated on placings for the club members in the overall ranking table in accordance to the usual method at a XC or road race eg 10 to count.  All prize winners, except in the corporate teams section, must be registered with Athletics NI by the date of the Seeley 10k in November 2016.  Prize winners who have not obtained such an affiliation with Athletics NI will only be entitled to 70% of their prize value.

Entries will be encouraged from corporate teams alongside athletic clubs and a runner can count for their club as well their company.  A corporate team would be made up of 5 or more runners with prizes for the best corporate teams.

Where two or more runners are tied on the same percentage score then the best percentage score in any one race will be used as a tie breaker.  Where this fails to break the stalemate the next best score will be used from another race and so on.  If a runner completes 6 or more races their best 6 times will be averaged to generate their age graded performance.

The concept and operation of the proposed 10km GP is the intellectual property of ChampionChip Ireland and Glenn Grant who will administer the rankings etc in agreement with the other stakeholders.

The GP will start in March 2016 with Jimmy’s 10km and conclude with the Seeley Cup 10km in November 2016.  The following races will be invited to take part: Jimmy’s 10k (March), Titanic 10k (April) Run Armagh 10k (April), Les Jones 10k (May), Bann 10km (May), Enniskillen 10k (June), Lisburn 10k (June), Comber (July), Tandragee 10k (August), Carrick 10k (August), Laganside (Sept), Bangor Classic (Sept) and Seeley Cup (Nov).

To be eligible the race must be certified by ANI and run solely on roads and not include significant trail or off road sections that cannot be measured using a Jones Counter.

The decisions on the Grand Prix will be taken by a steering group made up of John Glover ex-President of Athletics NI, Ryan Maxwell of NI Running, Lee Glover of Novosco, and Glenn Grant of ChampionChip Ireland.

Prize list will be as follows:

1st £800, 2nd £700, 3rd £600, 4th £500, 5th £400, 6th £300, 6th £250, 7th £200, 8th £150, 9th £100,

10th £75, 11th £75, 12th £50, 13th £30, 14th £25, 15th £20 Total of £4200

Club Prizes list as follows: 1st £500, 2nd £400, 3rd £300, 4th £200, 5th £100 Total £1500

Corporate team prize as follows: 1st £300, 2nd £200, 3rd £100 Total of £600

Total prize fund of £6300

To be eligible to compete as a corporate entrant the runner should have a payroll number for the company and work at least 20 hours per week. The steering group will consider any exceptional circumstances pertaining to individual runners and their decision is binding.  A runner may compete for both a corporate team and a club team.

Runners will required to register for free using the Grand Prix web site and will be allocated a code number they must pass to each race organiser when they enter a race so that their times can be converted to the Age Graded Performance for them and thus have them appear on the ranking table where the prize winners will be decided.