Cumulative Awards – Seniors
In addition to individual club championship races, the senior section also has several cumulative awards which reward consistency across the year. The scoring system for these is quite complicated but it is explained below. It was changed for the 2015/16 year to reflect our increased size and to give greater rewards to those who turn-out regularly for the club.
The Stag Trophy
The prestigious Stag Trophy is competed for the first Wednesday of the month from October through to April (subject to changes) and is generally won by someone who has consistently improved over that period. More specific details of scoring, tactics and times are available on the dedicated Stag Trophy pages.
Road Running Club Man & Woman of the Year
There are six events that make up this category, all of which are club championships. In each race, the first person home receives 15 points, second 14, third 13 and so on with everyone receiving at least 1 point for participating. These points are then added together to give a total. Bonus points are awarded for anyone who does at least three of the events. Additionally, from 2015/16 we added bonus points for age categories from V35 to recognise that it is not quite so easy running fast times as you work your way through the veteran age groups.
The distances covered are 5K, 5 mile, 10K, 10 mile, Half Marathon & Marathon. Details of all specific races are available here.
Cross-Country Club Man & Woman of the Year
There are eight events that make up this category, with the scoring system similar as that for the road running awards. However, due to the fact that all of the cross-countries are very team focused there are bonus points available for people who do at least five of the races. Five = 10 points, Six = 15 points, 7 = 20 points, 8 = 30 points.
We have also added age related bonus points to the cross-countries as well.
The events that count in this category are all five Chiltern Leagues, County Champs, Southern Champs, and National Champs. Details are available here.
Overall Club Man & Woman of the Year
These two trophies, along with the Stag are the most prestigious in the club as they show who has not only run well throughout the year, but has turned out in a wide range of events and races.
The men’s award is called The Paul Dimmock Trophy is honour of our long standing, hugely popular and committed former member. Paul won the original award for the first two years it was presented in 2001 & 2002 and had two further second places. It was therefore appropriate to name the trophy after him following his tragic death in 2006. He is much missed but still holds a number of club records!
All of the points gained in the road running and cross-country awards count towards the total. Additionally, bonus points are scored for taking part in 5 Stag races or more with five = 10 points, six = 20 points and seven = 30 points. The track mile championships count with the standard scoring system of fifteen for first etc. In 2015/16 we have also included the five main track and field fixtures. Simply taking part for the club earns you 7 points per fixture and additional events earn you additional points, plus there are bonuses for doing 3, 4 or 5 fixtures. Finally, the Boxing day handicap also counts in the total on the same basis, but the points are awarded after the handicap is taken into consideration.
There are therefore 28 events spread across the year that go towards this award, which should keep most people pretty busy for the upcoming year!
Here is a Roll of Honour of the previous winners