Road Race Championship
Janurary sees that start of our Road Championship. We use a series of existing events of various distances between Jan and July each year for members to compete for Championship points. There are 17 races in the 2013 series. See Table Below
The points system is an attempt to promote improvement and participation, meaning that it is not just about outright speed or ability. We try to support as many local races as we can, and the Championships have become an integral part of our Club activities. More info...
We have tried to choose races on dates which, by and large, avoid the obvious holiday weekends. This is in order to give as many of our members as possible the best chance to compete in as many events as they can. One or two are within a few days of each other, but they are generally among the shorter races, and hopefully this will not cause major problems. In any case, we are not advocating that everyone runs all the events – the main purpose of this is to encourage participation along with some (hopefully) friendly competition.
And we are also aware that there will be some travelling involved. We can of course share vehicles, which not only cuts costs but helps (in my opinion) to promote ‘team spirit’ amongst members. Some of the races are quite far afield, but all are within fairly easy reach of the determined traveller. Again, the more of us attend these events, the higher we can raise the profile of the club. Especially if we are all brilliant, and win prizes.
Big Finish – as has become tradition, the Coastal Run, which takes place on 14 July 2013 is the series finale.. The race HQ and carparking is at Alnmouth on the Northumberland coast. The start is several miles to the north (there are buses laid on), on the beach at Beadnell harbour. The route is basically south along the beach, then up through sand dunes onto the coastal path. From there, the terrain varies between gravel path, tarmac, back to the beach, past Dunstanburgh Castle, coastal footpath, through Craster village, more footpath, a bit more tarmac, and finally back to the beach for the finish at Alnmouth. Total distance will be around 13.5miles, but varies because of high tide times. Some of us have run this before, and it is without doubt a fantastic event. Even more scenic, dare I say it, than most fell races. Hopefully we can muster a good presence. Note there will DOUBLE POINTS scored at this event, to encourage participation.
Some of these will be entry on the day only, but it is advisable to check and register early if you can, to avoid disappointment. We shall try to keep the website updated with any changes, and of course the messageboard will be good for info on travel arrangements etc. In addition, we shall try to make entry forms available well in advance via the noticeboard at the Rugby Club.
A similar idea is employed for the Autumn Series, races will be notified at a later date
But first things first – get your diaries marked and your entries in, and lets make 2013 a good year for road running and for Eden Runners in particular.
Road Race Captain Alan Marshall
Sun 20 Jan
|Sun 27 Jan|
|Sun 10 Feb||Winter Warmer 10k ||Blackburn link|
|Sat 9th Mar||Dentdale 14m||link|
|Sat 23rd Mar||Lorton School 10k||link|
|Sun 7 April||Blackpool 1/2m||link||Tue 23 April 7.00pm||Keswick Round The Houses||Enter on race day £6.00 Club or £8.00 unattached link|
|Sun 28 April||Lancaster 3 Bridges 10k||link|
|Sat 25 May||Lancaster 5k Race1||link|
|Sun 16th June 10am||Hadrians Wall 1/2m||link|
|Wed 19 June||Hawkshead 10k||link|
|Wed 26 June||Eaglesfield Paddle 5k||link|
|Sat 29 June||Lancaster 5k race2||link|
|Sun 7 July||Burn Valley 1/2m||link no entries on the day|
|Wed 10 July||Endmoor 10k||link|
|Sun 7th July 10.30||Northumberland Coastal Run||Beadnell to Alnmouth, Northumberland. 13 to 14m beach/trail/road/beach/trail/road/beach. Early entry essential, limit 1200 but fills up really quickly. Check Alnwick Harriers website -. Entry fee incl transport to start (note – from Alnmouth, NOT from your front gate) £19. Race full but reserve list is open. Coastal Run 2013 link|