Ladies Endurance League
Mens Endurance League
John (JT) Stephen Thompson
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.
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.
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.
2012 saw the first ever staging of the Vale Royal AC Endurance Championship!!!
|1||Wilmslow||1/2 Marathon||25th March|
|2||Spring 5||5 mile||4th April|
|4||Round the Runway Trail||5.3||10th May|
|5||Hollins Green||5k||2nd June|
|6||Wizard 5 Trail||5 miles||12th July|
|7||Great Warford||10 mile||29th July|
|8||Pie and Peas Trail||5 mile||August - TBC|
|10||Macclesfield||1/2 Marathon||30th September|
|11||North Staffs XC Lge - race 1||c.10k||October|
|12||North Staffs XC Lge - race 2||c.10k||October|
|13||North Staffs XC Lge - race 3||c.10k||November|
|14||North Staffs XC Lge - race 4||c.10k||December|
|15||Any Marathon - based on time||Marathon||Various|
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).