Competition Rules

General

All Club Competitions will be run under UK (England) Athletics Rules.
Trophy winners will only hold one running trophy in any one year.  In the event of a runner finishing first in more than one competition they shall be awarded the trophy in the order of 1st Grand Prix, 2nd Time Trial, 3rd Bob Connor Handicap,4th Off-road.  This rule does not affect any of the trophies voted for at the AGM.
More and more of our club runners are competing in the various LRC competitions. Results are being published by race organisers very quickly these days and our members are, quite rightly, wanting to know where they stand in the GP competition in a timely fashion, Processing this data can be time consuming and frustrating if our compilers cannot identify our competitors on the organiser’s data. The competition rules are set out below and are in operation so that, firstly, EA rules are complied with, secondly, to ensure prompt publication to our members of the state of our internal competition and, thirdly, to ensure that our volunteer compilers can produce results without constantly having to revisit the data. There will be a 7 day period from the date of the event where members can deal with and notify anomalies after which the results will be published, after which only errors by the compilers will be rectified.

The committee reserves the right to amend these rules as circumstances demand. Any changes will be communicated to the membership via the Competitions section of the official LRC website.
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Time Trial Rules

1. Points are awarded for the best improvement over the target time on the basis of 100 points for the best improvement, 99 for the second best improvement etc.  All runners taking part will be awarded at least 5 points.
2. a) The target time is the personal best time over the course during the previous two years.
b) Where a runner has not run the course before, the target time is the previous best time by any runner of the same sex over the course.
c) For runners that have only completed the course once in the two years their target time is equal to their previous time less 25% of the difference between that time and the best course time.
3. You must be a registered runner with EA either as a first or second claim member of LRC.
4. You must have marshalled at least one race.
5. The best five events to count.
6. At the end of the competition in the event of a tie, the runner with improvement on the most occasions wins.  If they are still equal then the runner with the biggest overall improvement over the year wins.

As soon as possible after each Time Trial provisional results will be published. Any queries regarding the accuracy of recording should be made known to the compilers within one week of the event.
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Grand Prix Rules (Men’s and Women’s, two separate competitions)

1. Points are awarded on the basis of 100 points for the fastest time, 99 for the second fastest etc.  All runners taking part will be awarded at least 5 points.
2. The best six events to count.
3. If electronic chip timing is used at the event, the gun to finish time will be used.
4. At the end of the competition in the event of a tie, the runner with the best 10K time in a grand prix event wins.
5. Runners must have competed in at least five Grand Prix events to qualify for a grand Prix T shirt.
6. To be considered for points in races other than those organised within the club, (i.e the clubs own time-trials, some of which are part of the GP competition) members must run in the clubs racing vest (not the training vest).
7. You enter external races under your own name as a member of Lichfield Running Club in accordance with England Athletics rules and the official race results confirm this (tip: if the race application allows enough space please enter the club name in full (as above) to help the results compilers find all of our runners easily on the results. Please enter your EA number if there’s an appropriate field)
8. You must be a registered runner with EA either as a first or second claim member of LRC.

*If you are aware that the race organisers have not recorded your details or results accurately please contact the race organisers and LRC’s competition compilers or club secretary no later than 7 days after the race.
*If you are new member and you have entered a race before you became a member but the date of the event is after you have been voted in then please contact the compilers or Club Secretary no later than 7 days after the event to be included in the club results.
* Running with another competitor’s number is absolutely NOT allowed under EA Rules. Most events will allow transfer of numbers and will amend their database if contacted prior to races. This is the only situation where swapped numbers will be acceptable, as the correct runner will be shown on the organiser’s results sheet.
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Bob Connor Rules (men and women competing together on an age related handicap basis). Grand Prix eligibility applies.

1. Points are awarded on an age related handicap basic, based on the WAVA system. 100 points for the best age related score, 99 for the second best etc.  All runners taking part will be awarded at least 5 points.
2. If electronic chip timing is used at the event, the gun to finish time will be used.
3. The best six events to count.
4. At the end of the competition in the event of a tie, the runner with the best 10K time in a grand prix event wins.
5. To be considered for points in races other than those organised within the club, ( i.e the clubs own time-trials, some of which are part of the GP competition) members must run in the club’s racing vest (not the training vest).

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Off Road/Trail series (men and women competing together on a handicap basis)

1. Points are awarded for the best improvement over the target time on the basis of 30 points for the best improvement, 29 for the second best improvement etc.  All runners taking part will be awarded at least 5 points.
2. a) The target time is calculated based on the best time in any club event over the previous twelve months. It is recognised that distances are often approximate in this series but the distance stated by the organisers will be used.
b) Where a runner has not run a club race before, the target time is the previous best calculated time by any LRC runner of the same sex over the course (or an equivalent distance).
3. If electronic chip timing is used at the event, the gun to finish time will be used.
4. The best four events to count.
5. In the event of a tie the person with the best score at the longest event will be the winner.
6. To be considered for points in races other than those organised within the club, members must run in the clubs racing vest (not the training vest) unless the conditions of more extreme distance/terrain races makes this impractical.