2017 sees a new challenge entering the club calendar with the start of the annual (hopefully) off-road series.
The idea of this is to encourage members to get involved in a few races off the pavements and tarmac, outside of the regular cross-country events.
The series is entirely about participation. It doesn’t matter whether you finish first or last in the events, just whether you took part. It starts with the Hardwick X-Stream in February and finishes with the Christmas Kanter in December
There are twenty-one events across the calendar year, including 4 of the local relay events and each one has been given a points score based upon: Distance, Hilliness, Terrain and a Team factor. In the case of the relays you will get the same score whichever leg you run.
You can do as many events as you can fit into your diary and all of these scores will add up together to make your personal total for the year. We reckon that someone doing around 8-10 of the twenty events is likely to challenge for the trophy at the end so it can genuinely be won by anyone in the club.
There are a couple of rules:
- You must appear in the results under your own name
- You must run in a club vest
We have been very careful to select events that don’t clash with cross-country races or other club championship events, although there are a few that are back-to-back and possibly two that are on the same day, so we definitely don’t expect you to do them all! Pick and choose the races that you fancy.
As with all the local and club events, the details and links can be found on the calendar page of this site along with a short description from our captain.
So, below is the list of events for 2017. Get entering and let’s see how it goes.
|Ridge Off-Roader||12/03/17||10K or Half||10 or 14|
|Ashridge Boundary Run||18/03/17||16.5 miles||16|
|Aldbury 5||23/04/17||5 miles||11|
|Round MK Relay||21/05/17||5.5 - 10.3 miles||10|
|Marston Forest 5k||16/06/17||5K||2|
|Dunstable 5K Relay||04/06/17||5K||7|
|Greensands Ridge Relay||17/06/17||3.9 - 9 miles||12|
|Ashridge Trail Half||02/07/17||Half||14|
|Ridgeway Challenge||26/08/17||86 miles||23|
|Dunstable Downs Challenge||03/09/17||Half, 20 mile or Marathon||14, 17 or 18|
|Squeaky Bone Relay||01/10/17||3.4 miles||7|
|Ridgeway Run||08/10/17||9.5 miles||11|
|Ampthill Trophy||15/10/17||6 miles||9|
|Herbert's Hole Challenge 10K||19/11/17||10K||9|
|Wendover Woods 50||25/11/17||50 miles||23|
|MKAC Christmas Kanter||17/12/17||10K or 15K||5|
|Rushmere parkrun||Each Saturday||5K||4|
|Tring parkrun||Each Saturday||5K||6|