The Striders League was introduced in 2006 to support the team captains in encouraging Club Members to enter and participate in Hampshire Road Race League and Today’s Runner Cross Country League (now renamed the Southern Cross Country League (SCCL)) races. The League was the source of some fun during its inaugural season and created extra interest between club members as the season progressed.
The League is split into two competitions, one male and one female. In addition to the aim of increasing participation and members scoring points for taking part, runners can challenge themselves to improve against the Club Standards. The standards can be found on the Website, each runner can score extra points the better they do against their own age banding. In order to encourage members to take participate in as many races as possible, additional bonus points are awarded to those who compete in at least 50% of the SCCL and HRRL (and the three additional road races). Acquisition of these bonus points can have a significant effect on the final results.
Rules for the 2018-2019 Season
The rules governing the award of league points are unchanged from those for the 2017-18 season:
1. The qualifying road races will consist of all 12 of the HRRL events and three additional road races as detailed in the tables below. Only the best 12 out of the 15 road races will count towards an individual’s final score.
2. The qualifying cross country races will consist of all of the SCCL events as given in the table below.
2. Qualifying Race Events
2.1. Road Race Events
Note: Awaiting confirmation of SCCL fixtures and dates for 2018-19. Dates and fixtures are current for HRRL and non-league races.
For the 2018-2019 season, the Striders League comprises of all 12 of the HRRL events and three additional road races as listed below:
|Overton 5M||2nd September 2018|
|Solent Half Marathon||23rd September 2018|
|Gosport Half Marathon||18th November 2018|
|Victory 5M||2nd December 2018|
|Stubbington 10K||13th January 2019|
|Ryde 10M||3rd February 2019|
|Fleet Half Marathon||17th March 2019|
|Salisbury 10M||14th April 2019|
|Alton 10M||12th May 2019|
|Netley 10K||19th May 2019|
|Alresford 10k||16th June 2019|
|Lordshill 10K||30th June 2019|
Non HRRL events
The following non-HRRL races have been added to the League race options in order to provide additional challenge to those who prefer the longer races (hence the inclusion of the Bramley 20 and London and Southampton marathons) and add a bit more variety for those who enjoy the shorter distances (hence the Bramley 10m and Hayling 10m). In the case of the events on the 17th February and 21st April. April, the choice of race is left to the member, the basis of point allocation being identical regardless of distance . As was the case last year while it is appreciated that not everyone will have the opportunity to enter the London Marathon, it is anticipated that at least 10 members should gain entry through the general ballot, club ballot or GFA schemes and everyone else will have an equal opportunity of entering the Southampton races on the same day. As always, early application is advised!
|Hayling 10M||4th November 2018|
|Bramley 10/20M||17th February 2019|
|London Marathon||28th April 2019|
|Southampton Marathon / Southampton Half Marathon||5th May 2019|
Note: Some fixtures and dates are provisional. Please check your entry carefully.
AMENDMENT TO RULES ADDED ON 20th APRIL 2019
When the fixture list for the League was agreed in the summer of 2018 it was assumed that the Southampton Marathon/Half Marathon would take place on the same day as the London Marathon (28th April 2019) thus enabling those runners not fortunate enough to secure a place in London to compete and gain Striders’ League points in an alternative challenging event. It is now the case that the Southampton races will now take place one week later than London on 5th May so that, in theory, a Strider can take place in both events. However, in order to preserve the spirit of adopting Southampton as a strict alternative to London no points will be awarded to anyone who competes in Southampton who has already completed the London Marathon. In that case points will be awarded on the basis of the individual’s London result.
2.2. SCCL Events
The SCCL events qualifying for points in the League are as follows:
|Pamber Forest, Tadley||28th October 2018|
|Queen Elizabeth Country Park||11th November 2018|
|Bourne Woods, Farnham||9th December 2018|
|Lord Wandsworth College, nr Odiham||30th December 2018|
|Chawton House, nr Alton||20th January 2019|
|Haslemere, Polecat Valley||24th February 2019|
3.1. Basic Scoring
The scoring system is as follows:
- 4 points for completing a road race league race whilst running for Denmead Striders.
- 2 additional points for achieving a bronze standard performance.
- 3 additional points for achieving a silver standard performance.
- 4 additional points for achieving a gold standard performance.
- 5 additional points for achieving a platinum standard performance.
- 5 points for completing a XC league race whilst running for Denmead Striders.
3.2. Bonus Points
In order to encourage the fullest possible participation in the League events, on completion of the SCCL and HRRL seasons, bonus points will be awarded, dependent on the number of events completed.
The bonus points are awarded to individuals as follows:
- 16 points for completion of 12 league road races
- 15 points for completion of 11 league road races
- 14 points for completion of 10 league road races
- 13 points for completion of 9 league road races
- 12 points for completion of 8 league road races
- 11 points for completion of 7 league road races
- 10 points for completion of 6 league road races
- 10 points for completion of 5 SCCL races.
- 9 points for completion of 4 SCCL races.
- 8 points for completion of 3 SCCL races.
The bonus point system will be split into two separate sections one for the road races the other for cross country, with all scores added to give final totals.
The League will run throughout the season with all paid-up members being eligible, results will be updated on the website as soon as possible after each race.
For further information on the Championship or if anyone thinks I have made an error in allocation of their points (I’m not infallible!!!) please contact Graham Clarke either by e-mail or on Club Night.