WRC Grand Prix 2019

Washington Running Club’s Grand Prix is an annual championship for all members that compete as Washington Running Club entrants in local parkruns and races. This is a club championship across a number of selected events in six divisions - 3 mens and 3 ladies. It runs through to November in each calendar year, with prizes being awarded at our Christmas party for the top 3 in each division.

Everybody will automatically be opted into the grand prix, but if anybody would prefer not to be included then that is fine - they can be opted out.

Each division will be scored across four categories:
1. A runner's best parkrun points score in the year from Riverside, Sunderland and Gateshead parkruns (up to closing date)
2. A series of nominated races up to 10K distance
3. A series of nominated endurance races (currently up to marathon distance)
4. Completion of NEHL cross country races for the club

We reserve the right to amend runners' divisions where appropriate, and we may add more events if necessary (for example events selling out early, or if a large number of our runners enter an event not currently featured).

The idea behind this is to encourage race entry within the club, to add a bit of interest to races at a club level, and promote a bit of healthy competition.

Our inaugural grand prix in 2018 was good fun, well supported and nicely competitive!

1. Parkrun

Parkrun - 5k

For the parkrun category the fastest person for each event in each division will earn 30 points, second fastest 29 points, third 28 points and so on. Your single best score across the three events will be used.

2. Up to 10k

A series of races up to 10k
For the up to 10K category there are 8 nominated events, with scoring in each race again being 30 points and down. However only your best two scores are counted in each category. This means you're not penalised if you don't enter all the events, but the more you enter the more chances you give yourself of placing well.

3. Endurance

A series of races up to a marathon
For the endurance category there are 10 nominated events, with scoring in each race again being 30 points and down. However only your best two scores are counted in each category. This means you're not penalised if you don't enter all the events, but the more you enter the more chances you give yourself of placing well.

4. Cross Country

For each cross country event you complete for the club you will earn 5 points. There are 7 races available so potentially 35 points available here.

The scoring will therefore be your parkrun placing, your two best up to 10K scores, your two best endurance scores and your XC points total.

Which division a runner is placed in is determined by the grand prix officials, and the officials will update the league tables regularly throughout the year (the officials are Tony, Dan and Derek). You will find details of the rules and events within this section of the website, together with current published league tables. Information is are also within the "Files" section of our closed Facebook group.

We reserve the right to amend runners' divisions where appropriate, and we may add more events if necessary (for example events selling out early, or if a large number of our runners enter an event not currently featured).

The idea behind this is to encourage race entry within the club, to add a bit of interest to races at a club level, and promote a bit of healthy competition.

Our inaugural grand prix in 2018 was good fun, well supported and nicely competitive!