Vale Royal AC - Senior Section

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 Ladies Endurance League

Champion 2012

 Jo Edwards  



 Mens Endurance League

Champion 2012

 John (JT) Stephen Thompson


The Endurance League series was the brainchild of men’s Captain ‘Big’ Stu Doyle. He wanted to organise a handicapped competition covering a range of race distances and terrains with 4 objectives in mind: 
  1. Provide target races for VRAC and thus encourage high turnouts
  2. Focus on Cheshire GP and N Staff XC races to support improved team results
  3. Promote individual competition and rivalry between club mates of all abilities – i.e. promote fun and banter!
  4. Culminate in worthy individual Champions – male and female 

The 2012 series included 15 races (including all Cheshire GP and N Staffs XC races) with the best 10 races to count. A handicap system was incorporated based on runners predicted rankings. 

The Endurance League proved very successful against all the above objectives. Turnout at races was excellent - there were 13 or more men in 12 of the 15 races whilst 8 or more lady runners was quite normal. As a result VRAC saw impressive team and individual success in both the Cheshire Grand Prix and North Staffs Cross Country League. 

Ladies Results: 

Special mention to Diane Newsham and  Jayne Lomax who completed a full 10 qualifying races and placed 2nd and 3rd respectively. Also to Mary Tavener who finished 4th having completed 9 qualifying races. 

The winner completed 12 of the 15 possible races (plus an additional 17 races this year according to Power of 10!) showing remarkable consistency over a wide variety of distances. She is a regular at training and very worthy winner.  

The 2012 Ladies Endurance League Champion is JO EDWARDS

Mens Results:

Hard on the heels of the eventual winner was Steve Collier, who performed particularly strongly in the 2nd half of the year, whilst in 3rd place was Darren Cottier who at one point looked to be a strong contender for 1st place until injury struck. Special mention also to Paul Clutterbuck who completed a full 10 qualifying races. 

The convincing winner has been a consistent racer in 2012 and shown fantastic form. He managed to compete in all 15 Endurance League races (particularly remarkable was the fact that 2 of the races, the first NSCCL and the Macclesfield Half marathon, were in the same weekend!!).  

The 2012 Mens Endurance League Champion is JOHN THOMPSON.   

The detailed final results are available by downloading the scoring spreadsheet here. 
 Ladies Endurance League Champion 2012 Jo Edwards                                                                                      
 Men's Endurance League Champion 2012 John (JT) Stephen Thompson

Endurance League Championship - Details

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2012 saw the first ever staging of the Vale Royal AC Endurance Championship!!!

The purpose of this new championship league was to encourage Vale Royal athletes to take part in specific races that are meaningful to the club, improving the chances of team success, whilst at the same time giving runners greater visibility of their performances against other members of the club over a variety of distances and terrains.
Details of the competition: 
The competition took the form of a series of 15 races throughout the year with each runners best 10 performances to count.  There will be separate competitions for male and female athletes.
1Wilmslow1/2 Marathon25th March
2Spring 55 mile4th April
3Whitley10k15th April
4Round the Runway Trail5.310th May
5Hollins Green5k2nd June
6Wizard 5 Trail5 miles12th July
7Great Warford10 mile29th July
8Pie and Peas Trail5 mileAugust - TBC
9Birchwood10k19th August
10Macclesfield1/2 Marathon30th September
11North Staffs XC Lge - race 1c.10kOctober
12North Staffs XC Lge - race 2c.10kOctober
13North Staffs XC Lge - race 3c.10kNovember
14North Staffs XC Lge - race 4c.10kDecember
15Any Marathon - based on timeMarathonVarious
These are: 
1) The 7 Cheshire Grand Prix races - a 5k, a 5 mile, 2 10k's a 10 mile and 2 half marathons. This series is used to determine Cheshire's best road running club each year and the first race is the Wilmslow 1/2 marathon on 25th March. Full details of the races and dates can seen via the attached link (Cheshire GP details).
2) The North Staffs Cross Country League. 4 races of c.10k (men) and 5k (ladies) between October and December (N Staffs League Details).
3) 3 "Other" events - In order to cater for alternative tastes we have included "The Round the Runway" 5.3m race in May, The Wizard 5 (c.5 miles) in July and the clubs own Pie and Peas 5 mile race in August.
4) Any marathon - points awarded based on fastest times.  
The scoring system uses the rankings (ie. expected positions relative to other clubmates in the league) which were derived from the handicaps in the original system. Using this ranking, your race target position is calculated based on the number of competitors in the race (since that will determine the number of runners expected to be ahead of you and behind you).   Your final score is simply the amount you beat your target position by. 

For the mathematically minded, the expected or target position is calculated from:

                Target Position =  Number of  runners x Rank / Maximum Rank + 1

Note that the '+ 1' simply helps us to avoid negative scores.  The maximum rank (the number of rankings) is currently 13 for men and 5 for women.

For example, John Thompson's run at the Round the Runway:    John's rank is 6th, & there were 18 VRAC runners in the race and he finished 3rd VRAC runner. There are 13 men's rankings (therefore the maximum rank is always 13 for the men).   John's, score of  6.3 was calculated from:  18 (runners) x 6 (rank)/ 13 (max rank) + 1 = 9.3. He came 3rd therefore his score is 9.3 -3 = 6.3.


1  If someone gets a negative score (ie. runs significantly worse than expected - maybe due to injury), this negative score is ignored (they score zero as if they haven't raced). 

2  The points are added up for the 10 best performances over the season.    


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