The Striders’ Road Race Championship is back!!

In 2020, we had to cancel our Road Race Championship because of you-know-what. With racing now back, we’re pleased to announce that our Road Championship is back too. So lace up those race shoes, sharpen up those elbows, and get ready for some fierce-yet-friendly intra-club rivalry.

With all the deferred races there’s a bit of a fixture pile-up this autumn, but we’ve pored over the race calendar and we think we’ve got a format that will work for most people, from our super-elites to our mere mortals. We’ve picked 8 road races, all of which are still accepting entries, and none of which clashes directly with our cross country or relay fixtures. Okay, some of them clash with each other, but that doesn’t matter because you only need to do three of them.

We’ve tried to pick races Striders are likely to be taking part in where possible, including races from last year’s championship that you might have a deferred entry to (shout out to the 70 runners who signed up to run the Eyam Half Marathon in May 2020). We’ve got Sheffield’s big local races, several opportunities for PB-chasing over 10k or 10 miles, some beautiful Peak District scenery, and a chance to bag yourself a free hoodie. We’ve even made it possible to take part without running further than 10k in one go. So whoever you are, and whatever else is in your calendar, we hope there are 3 races below you can fit in.

The 8 races, which will take place across 5 race days, are:

For each race, points will be awarded in the usual way, by multiplying 100 by the winner’s time divided by your time. So if you win the race, you’ll score 100 points. If the winner’s time is three quarters of your time, you’ll score 75 points. And so on…

You can run as many races as you like, and your best 3 scores will count. Unlike in previous years, there are no bonus points for doing extra races, so there’s no disadvantage if you only run 3. We hope that will encourage our top athletes to battle it out for the immortality that comes with being club champion*. Which of our brilliant set of female senior athletes will come out on top? Who will claim the honour of being our first senior male champion since 2015 who isn’t Phil Skelton?

In recognition that we’ve got some excellent runners at the club aged 70+, we’re extending our range of age categories. Prizes will now be awarded to men and women in the following categories: Seniors, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69, 70+. Your category is determined by your age on the first day of the championship, i.e. September 26th. We’ll also publish an overall age-graded results table alongside the other results, using WMA age-graded standards. Results will be available here.

In accordance with the Club constitution, as a formal Club Championship only 1st Claim members can compete for points but we look forward to seeing both 1st and 2nd Claim members at these races, racing and supporting each other.

Covid-permitting, prizes will be presented at our AGM.

For fans of the league format that ran alongside the “classic” format in 2019, we don’t think that’s workable this year, but we do plan to bring it back in 2022.

We can’t wait to see you racing in the green and gold soon,

*actual immortality not guaranteed, just a dollop of prestige and a suitable memento to give pride of place to in your trophy room/downstairs toilet.