Race Date: February 13th, 2022
Our 2022 Road Championship opened with the Valentines 10k, based in the town voted Least Romantic Place in the UK 2013, Scunthorpe. You can judge for yourself whether setting up a 10k race adequately answers the criticism, but there were cup cakes decorated with love hearts at the finish, if that helps. These may, perhaps, have been to take home for a loved one, but there was enough room for doubt that most people scoffed them on the spot.
45 Striders toed the start line. With only your 5 best scores from 12 races counting towards your final Championship score, there’s still plenty of time for those who weren’t there to join in. For a full run-down of the race list and scoring system, see our Road Championship page. Full standings will always be available in The Spreadsheet.
There’ll be a stand-alone race report focusing on the race in due course, and a Road League update too, but for now, here’s how the Road Championship is shaping up:
Our age-graded table handicaps runners by age and sex, giving all runners in the club a chance to compete with everyone else on an equal footing. For more information about the calculations, see BMAF’s explanation.
As it’s all about cutting across the club’s demographics, it’s always nice to see a good mixture of age categories near the top, and we have that again after today’s race: Abbie Pearse (Fsen) leads from Kate Scott (F55) and Rob Byers (MSen). Expect Lucy Broom (F45), Nick Booker (M50) and Helen Eberlin (F75) to feature too when they’ve run some races.
Age-Graded Table, 70%+ scorers only. For the full table, see The Spreadsheet.
As the season goes on, these updates will focus in on those at the top of each category, but for now there’s plenty of space to show everyone. See below for our age group standings after the first race. Also included are some names to look out for as the competition progresses, fast runners who’ve signed up for the Road League so are presumably planning to run some of the races.
Watch out for: Richard Pearson.
Watch out for: Harriet Davies.
Watch out for: Paul Middlemas; Stephen Schubeler; Adrian Fisher.
Watch out for: Lucy Broom.
Watch out for: Nick Booker.
Watch out for: Paul Bentley.
Watch out for: Stephanie Street.
Watch out for: Graham Hague.
Watch out for: Helen Eberlin.
The next race in the championship is the Dronfield 10k, on March 13th. You can enter now, but may want to double-check whether you have a deferred place from 2020 first.