The Novosco 10K Grand Prix is a not-for-profit 10km running race competition starting in March until November '18. All 17 races will be accurately measured and certified as 10km before race day, have permits from AthleticsNI, agree to use chip timing services as provided by ChampionChip Ireland and displayed on the AthleticsNI fixture list.
How to Enter
Runners will submit their entry to each individual race in the normal fashion and the race organiser will provide the relevant entry data to the Novosco 10K Grand Prix organisers.
Age Graded Performances
The runners' performances at each race will be compared to the Age Graded Tables. Age grading is a way to adjust the runners performance according to age and gender. The age-grading tables were developed by the World Association of Veteran Athletes, the world governing body for track and field, long distance running and race walking for veteran athletes. The tables were first published in 1989.
For example a 35 year old male running 31 minutes gets a score of 87.0% whilst a 25 year old female recording 33 minutes gets a percentage score of 91.9%.
Ranking the Runners
A ranking list of the participants will be generated after each race showing the runners' times and their relevant age graded score as a percentage. The rank will be ordered with the runner with the best score at the top and so on, in descending order (like a football league table). The average percentage score of each runner across the best 6 races they complete will be used. Chip times will be used primarily where available on the race results. Runners will have to complete at least 6 of the 17 races in the Novosco 10K Grand Prix.
Individual and Team Prizes
Prizes of the Novosco 10K Grand Prix will be awarded to the top runners in the table overall regardless of age and gender. A team prize will be provided with a team score being calculated on placings for the club members in the overall ranking table in accordance with the usual method at a road race with the best 6 club members to count. There may be more than one prize awarded per club. All prize winners must be registered with Athletics NI by the date of the Seeley 10k in November. Prize winners who have not obtained such an affiliation with Athletics NI will only be entitled to 70% of their prize value.
Where two or more runners are tied on the same percentage score then the best percentage score in any one race will be used as a tie breaker. Where this fails to break the stalemate the next best score will be used from another race and so on.
There will be an award for the best finisher from a club not in any of the top 20 individual or top 4 team prizes. Runners are only eligible where they have completed the regulation 6 races and there is at least 1 other club member who has completed 5 or more races. The club has to be affiliated and recognised by Athletics NI or Athletics Ireland.
There will be a medal and garment for anyone completing all 17 races.
There are prizes for first 3 registered Grand Prix finishers in each of the 17 rounds of £40, £30, £20. The runner has to be registered as part of the Grand Prix before the race in question, the prize will not awarded retrospectively and their Grand Prix code has to be disclosed to Championchip Ireland in advance of the race starting.
How Do I Join the Novosco 10k Grand Prix
Runners will be required to register for free using this Novosco 10K Grand Prix web site and will be allocated a code number they must pass to each race organiser when they enter a race so that their times can be converted to the Age Graded Performance for them and thus have them appear on the ranking table where the prize winners will be decided. If you have already registered in 2016 or 2017 then the code you were issued with then is valid for 2018 and beyond.