As previously mentioned, unfortunately the Aztec West Fast 5k series had to be cancelled this year, and it looks like there will not be a direct replacement this year. Therefore we have now chosen to replace this with an additional month of parkrun’s.
So Wotton parkrun will now be part of the 2018 grand prix race series. However, in order to allow for more favourable race conditions at Wotton where the race is 100% off road, we will swap Chipping Sodbury parkrun in June for Wotton parkrun, and move Chipping Sodbury parkrun to February 2018.
Therefore your fastest time from any Chipping Sodbury parkrun in February 2018 and any Wotton parkrun in June will count towards the grand prix series. Chipping Sodbury parkrun will be classed as a road race, Wotton parkrun will be classed as a trail race, both will tick the 5km box.
Any questions, please don’t hesitate to ask. Website to be updated ASAP.
Mike & Tony
The 2nd event in the 2018 Grand Prix Series took place on Saturday 11th November. Despite there being a feast of points on offer over the 4 different races, just a few dedicated DRC runners made the journey to Long Marston to take on what will be the final Shakespeare Raceway Series as the airfield will be a housing estate next year!
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There’s no change in the men’s league as we had no DRC representatives in the 5km, 10km or half marathon. Those that ran the marathon (or any other marathon since October 1st) will need to enter results using the form on the Grand Prix Details page. This year all marathon results must be recorded this way otherwise they won’t be included.
In the women’s league Eileen Hieron jumps into the top spot with Annette Heylings just behind pushing last years champion Alice down into 3rd place.
It’s still not too late to fill in the entry form, a link for this can also be found on Grand Prix Details page.
There are no Grand Prix events in December so the next Grand Prix event is the Gloucestershire Cross Country Championships at Old Down Estate on 6th January. It would be great for the club to have a large DRC representation at this event, and I think it was Dave Durden who once said “you won’t get better value for money” too!
Following that it’s the Doynton Hard Half Marathon on the 21st January. This has now sold out so if you’re not already entered you’ll need to keep your ear on the ground for entry transfers.
In the meantime, please feel free to get in touch with Mike Crompton or Tony Freer if you have any questions on the Grand Prix.
Having barely had any time to digest the final results of the 2017 Grand Prix series, already the first update from the 2018 series is here!
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Towards the end of last month the Stroud Half Marathon saw a host of DRC runners beating their PBs resulting in some impressive age graded performances.
In the men’s league there are some new names in the early podium places, with Peter Chaffer in the top spot. In the women’s league it’s the usual suspects, but with loads of races yet to come it is unlikely to stay this way.
There are many potentially unclaimed points, so if you ran Stroud and your name isn’t in the table then simply fill in the entry form, a link can be found on Grand Prix Details page.
Also on the Grand Prix Details page is a link to record any marathon results. Please don’t forget that this year all marathon results must be recorded this way otherwise they won’t be included.
The next Grand Prix event is the Shakespeare Raceway Series on Saturday 11th November. This presents a unique opportunity for Grand Prix entrants with a full set of points available over 5km, 10km and Half Marathon distances, so multiple runners can score the maximum 15 points for a single Grand Prix event. Choose your race wisely!
Good luck everyone!
Congratulations once again to our inaugural DRC Grand Prix winners; Tony Woodridge and Alice Lewis.
Dave Durden completed The Forest of Dean Half (just about by the sounds of it) completing the necessary 8 races to secure his 2nd place! This means Jonathan Tudor had to settle for a well-earned 3rd place having raced in 11 of the possible 15 races in the 2017 series.
In an exciting finish in the women’s league, an excellent performance by Margaret Johnson with not only a half marathon PB but she also secured the maximum 15 Grand Prix points. With Alice Lewis also racing well it meant that Eileen Hieron had to settle for 3rd place and 10 points, crucially denying her the 2 points required to stay ahead of Mags. So in the end Mags gets 2nd place with Eileen in 3rd.
Finally a special mention to Shona Darley and Julie Froggatt who were the only other 2 club members who would have qualified for the prizes finishing 4th and 5th respectively. Well done!
Thanks to everyone who entered the 2017 event and we hope it has had a positive effect in some way to your running.
So, on to 2018 starting at the Stroud Half Marathon. As well as a new selection of races there are a few minor tweaks to the rules to look out for too.
Enter the 2018 Grand Prix here.
Tony & Mike