Off-road Series

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:

  1. You must appear in the results under your own name
  2. 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.

Hardwick X-Stream19/02/1710K9
Ridge Off-Roader12/03/1710K or Half10 or 14
Ashridge Boundary Run18/03/1716.5 miles16
Aldbury 523/04/175 miles11
Marsworth 10k14/05/1710K5
Round MK Relay21/05/175.5 - 10.3 miles10
Marston Forest 5k16/06/175K2
Dunstable 5K Relay04/06/175K7
Greensands Ridge Relay17/06/173.9 - 9 miles12
Ashridge Trail Half02/07/17Half14
Chiltern Challenge15/07/1750K19
Ridgeway Challenge26/08/1786 miles23
Dunstable Downs Challenge03/09/17Half, 20 mile or Marathon14, 17 or 18
Squeaky Bone Relay01/10/173.4 miles7
Ridgeway Run08/10/179.5 miles11
Ampthill Trophy15/10/176 miles9
Dirt Half18/11/17Half11
Herbert's Hole 10K19/11/1710K9
Wendover Woods 5025/11/1750 miles23
MKAC Christmas Kanter17/12/1710K or 15K5
Rushmere parkrunEach Saturday5K4
Tring parkrunEach Saturday5K6