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Cross Country League 2017/2018

Believe it or not, this is our seventh season of the Cross-Country (XC) Sunday league. There are some stalwart supporters (thank you), some one-timers (thank you) and those that dutifully turn up to support all those others who perhaps take it more seriously than they should (thank you to those too!). Attendance was varied last year, with some bad weather deterring all but the brave….

XC does seem to be a bit marmite (either love it or hate it) so for those who don’t like it, please take the arm-twisting you may be potentially subjected to with a pinch of salt. We’re ultimately happy that people have the chance to run a race for free – but have to balance that with our desire to do as well as we have in the past.

Don’t forget, we always need a full team to score and everyone always counts – whatever your speed or position as your place will push everyone below you further down the potential for scoring against us.

Full results are available for the past years at http://www.runherts.com/xc.htm, however we also continue to be well represented in the individual rankings too for anyone appearing in the top 5 across 4 out of 5 races.

 

Speirsy organises the XC and will be enthusing and twisting arms in equal measure.  Bear with him, he loves his XC.  All “complaints” or suggestions can be to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (or just go to one of the other committee members.)

THE 2017/2018 FIXTURES

ANY time you race you can make a difference either to A, B or Vets teams or certainly push the people behind you who score for the other teams further down the rankings. - Please do put the dates in your diary!

XC1 - Oct 29 2017     Cheshunt (At 11:00 am)

XC2 - Nov 12 2017    Trent Park

XC3 - Dec 17 2017    Willian 

XC4 - Jan 14 2018     Watford

XC5 - Feb 18 2018     Royston

There is lift sharing organised nearer the time – typically meeting at the Amble Inn, Station Road at around 9am on the morning of the race.  Join the Arrows Facebook group as there are always a number of people using that to coordinate at the last moment.

TEAM RESULTS

 

 

Category

2011/12

2012/13

2013/14

2014/15

2015/16

2016/17

Combined Teams

 

4th

3rd

3rd

3rd

4th

5th 

Ladies

A

4th

2nd

4th

1st

1st

10th 

 

B

n/a

2nd

4th

1st

1st

6th 

 

Vets

7th

2nd

2nd

1st

2nd

5th 

Mens

A

3rd

4th

3rd

3rd

4th

5th

 

B

3rd

1st

2nd

3rd

4th

2nd 

 

Vets

1st

3rd

3rd

3rd

2nd

3rd 

Summary 2016/2017
Ladies were let down a little by attendance in this past year and whilst all the attending runners did well in their own right, the 1000 points added for each space in the team really didn’t help. The cry for help went out and there was improvement in the end – so thanks to everyone who did turn out. Individual call-outs for individual positions in their categories to Laura Hicks (2nd), Riana (5th), Claire Price and Janice. For the men, Paul G was able to score well in the Snr men, despite him creeping up on a new age category, Ian Bryon (4th), David Russell was run-away winner in MV50 with Adrian James in 4th, Graham notable 6th and Brian Yates 5th. Not everyone would have received a trophy despite perhaps meriting one!

(Further annual summaries at the bottom of the page)

 

WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT?

There are currently 18-20 clubs in the League. Most are Hertfordshire based, with a few coming from North London. There is just one race per match with the men and women running together. There are up to 350 runners on occasion and there’s a real mix in both abilities and ages.  It is very social and great fun. Many familiar faces are now seen year in, year out.

ALL the races start at 10.30am. You will receive notice if there is a change as a result of other events like ParkRuns that are in conflict. Race distances vary between 5 and 6 miles. The races are not typically flat!

  • There is no entry - it is FREE for members (the registration fee is paid by Arrows)
  • Turn-up and run!
  • Anyone who runs will get a token given to them at the end of the race.  Someone will then immediately fill out a Declaration/Results Form giving the names, age groups and finishing positions of the runners from their club
  • The discs and declaration forms are returned to the race administrator then they use this information to compile the results.
  • Information can be found here, the Captain’s Slog and Facebook

Note from Webmaster - well it must be fun - these Arrows are smiling!

WHY DO IT?

 Apart from the point of view that it IS A LOT OF FUN.....

  • They are small intimate and friendly (but competitive) events
  • Not too long races, not too far away
  • Everyone could have the chance to contribute (remember that you don’t score if you don’t have a full team)
  • Cross country is proven to improve your ability on smoother road surfaces
  • It’s free
  • It’s fun (did we mention that?)
  • There is typically cake!

There are also a few in the club who have a passion for trails, scenery and the occasional bit of mud. Harpenden has some great countryside to explore and planned cross-country running should, with luck, give you the confidence to go out discovering if you aren’t doing it already.

 

 

THE RULES

All the full rules for Sunday Cross Country League from RunHerts: http://www.runherts.com/index.htm

But some in summary:

CLUB KIT is expected to be worn.  Spare vests are often available for anyone trying out for the 1st time – but hopefully full kit can be obtained quickly from the kit secretary <
here>

There are individual and TEAM prizes as follows:

Men:
The first eight men will count as the “A” team with the following five counting as a “B” team. The first four Masters will count as the Masters team.

Women:
The first five women will count as the “A” team with the following three counting as a “B” team. The first three Masters will count as the Masters team.

Masters Individual age groups: -

  • Women 35 / 45 / 55 / 65
  • Men 40 / 50 / 60 / 70
  • In the individual competition, the best four results will count.
  • Trophies will be awarded to the first three male and female open teams and the corresponding Masters teams. Masters will score for their open teams as well in their Masters team.
  • Individual trophies are awarded as follows:
  • Senior Men: M40, and M50 - first five places. M60 – first three; M70 - winner.
  • Senior Women: W35, and W45 - first five places. W55 – first three; W65 – winner.
  • Runners can only win individual trophies in their own age group. (In other words, Masters Competitors will only be able to win age-group trophies and not additional trophies as Senior Women or Senior Men. The thinking is that this will give more people an opportunity to win a trophy.)

 

Previous Years Race Reports

Summary 2015/2016
Another year of a few people pulling above their weight in both the ladies and men’s teams, with the ladies yielding a great result and holding onto 1st place in all team categories until being knocked down to 2nd by 3rd place finish in Royston. Some great racing with some new names and 1st passed the post and a number of individual medals for Laura Hicks (2nd SW), Hannah Turner (1st +35), Claire Price (5th +35), Adrian James (3rd MV50) and Speirsy 4th (MV40). There were also notable Top 10 positions for Helen James and Steve Bowran. Again, a lot of enthusiasm from various Arrows members have spread the labour of love in sorting out logistics and getting new people to make up the numbers. It is very much appreciated.

Summary 2014/2015
An awesome effort by the ladies who managed to have just enough people for each of the races to make sure that they never lost their 1st place over the whole season for each of the 3 teams – A, B and Veterans.  The men keep their track record of keeping in the top 3 teams – doing well against some very competitive from Trent Park and Royston.

It has certainly been very rewarding to see newbies to Arrows joining in and more people corralling the troops, organising teams and supporting!  The active involvement of more Arrows in organising these events is very much appreciated by the committee and the Captains!

Summary 2013/2014
The season got better and better with improvements from us through improving attendance at every event.  With everything to play for, it was unfortunate that some issues on deviations from the official race course at the last event by a few misdirected people, meant that the efforts of the many were voided.  It was an unfortunate set of circumstances, however, this meant that many who needed that 4th and final event were denied getting that likely podium spot (winning their category such as Sarah Chilvers and Georgie Hamilton) as only the 1st 4 races counted (and 4 still needed to be done.)  The rules have changed for future years and it was unfortunate, however, everyone had a great race with some Arrows still securing a medal such as Hannah Turner, Jennifer Finlay, Ammon Piepgrass, Speirsy, Steve Bowran and Andy Jordan.

Summary 2012/13:  
The ladies have been doing really well with great finishes in all the A, B and Vets teams and the men winning the B Team category.  4 of the individual categories had Arrows members in podium positions for Hannah Turner, Jennifer Finlay, Georgie Hamilton and Speirsy.  (There were potentially many more individual winners and near misses from the podium due to absence or missing 1 of the 4 events that you have to do to score in the individual rankings.)

Summary 2011/12: 
Senior ladies:  Camilla was 1st across the 5 races in the Senior ladies, with Sarah Dumbrill just out of the medals in 6th and Hannah in 10th with only 3 races!!!!  Lady vets:  Jen Finlay and Louise could have been up in the Top 5-10 in their categories, but were unable to do the full 4 races in their categories.  Georgie was 2nd in her category!
 

Senior men:  John Millen and Richard Johnstone were the only Senior men to score on 3 races - so well done to them!  Vet men:  Richard Bruce was unable to complete a 5th and improve his 6th position whilst Speirsy got 3rd.  Viddy got 3rd in his cateogory with a close battle between Graham and Simon Kitchener lower down the field.  Norman and Brian managed 11th and 15th respectively in the MV60 - with only doing 3 of the 5 races required!

Club Challenges 2017

Arrows Club Challenges 2017

We are pleased to announce the launch of Harpenden Arrows Club Challenges 2017! They are tasty little fun segments covering hills (x2), sprints (x2) and the daddy of them all (all 4 in one day). They are open to all members and you can run them as often as you like throughout the year (or day) and whenever you want to. Details are in the link here. Club Challenges 2017

The Challenges will be managed through Strava, so you will need to set up an account, but it is not difficult and full instructions are given. If anyone wants a hand getting set up, speak to one of the committee or one of the many Arrows already on Strava.

These Challenges are intended to be fun and a way of racing against yourself, but for those that also want to be a bit competitive, we will publish the results alongside the Club League.

So, what will be your first Challenge in the New Year??

1) The Treasurer's Taxing Challenge

2) The Ladies Captain's Rothamsted Challenge

3) The Men's Captain's Sprint Challenge

4) The Nickey Line Challenge or

5) The Chairman's Challenge? 

You can download full details of the scheme HERE.

Have a great time everyone!

Harpenden Arrows Running Club Committee 


 

Mid Week League

MWRRL

Something new to try for 2016. We've joined a summer Mid Week League which is something people have talked about for a while. We have been put in Division 2 with 8 other clubs. We thought we'd try it and see if there is enough interest to raise teams for this, and have some fun along the way.

Races seem to be 10k and happen 'mid week'!

More detail from Simon Speirs

Provisional dates and Locations :

11th May - Bishops Stortford
25th May - Hitchin
15th June - Harlow
28th June - Royston
14th July - WGC

Club League 2017

2017 Club League

Welcome to the Arrows Club League. This has been significantly reworked and improved for 2017!

The Club League is provided to give members a fun and interesting way of participating together and competing with each other in a friendly way.

DOWNLOAD FULL DETAILS HERE

Members are encouraged to participate in League events for fun and to achieve their own running goals, but also to encourage and support their fellow Arrows.

Above all this is for FUN and to balance out speed with commitment!  

We do not anticipate that anyone will compete in everything!

Results will be published throughout the race calendar to celebrate performance. Each year at the Club Annual General Meeting, the Committee will recognise achievements in this league with awards.

The rules will not normally be subject to change during year. The Club Captains will decide what actions to take in the event of extraordinary, unplanned circumstances. Their ruling will be final.

NOTE: We will only accept your time if you have run under your own name.

We wish everyone a good year of running and hope that you enjoy the League.

 

Let the fun begin!

Club Captains and the Development Committee    


Results for 2017 - coming soon

Results for 2016

Results for 2015

Results for 2014

Final results for 2013 xls version pdf version

Final results for 2012

 

Club League 2016

2016 Club League

Welcome to the Arrows Club League.

The League is aimed at encouraging runners to:

-          promote club representation at key local events (particularly those where we have a chance of winning prizes)

-          participate in races over different distances

-          introduce some friendly competition between members

Above all this is for FUN and to balance out speed with commitment!  

Events which are “ranked” are scored out of 50 for the men and 50 for the ladies (the 1st man gets 50, the 2nd gets 49 and so on). Where there is a choice of races (half marathons and 10 miles) we will take all times from all races and rank them. Other events may have a set number of points for participating or points per mile or per lap.  

The winners of the League will be the man and lady with the highest number of points. In the event of a draw, then joint winners will be declared. The scheme will be administered by the Club Captains. Any disputes or issues will be considered by the Club Captains and their decisions on a dispute will be final.  

NOTE: We will only accept your time if you have run under your own name.

The qualifying events and the basis for scoring are listed below:

Club League 2016

1.        5k: best time in 2016 ranked from 50 points each

·         St Albans 5k Park Run - best time in 2016

·         Hatfield 5k - best time from any 1 of the 3 races in the series (Sept)

2.        5 mile: best time in each 2016 race ranked from 50 points each

·         Watford Autumn Challenge (Nov) (5 mile "ish")

·         Welwyn Festive 5 (Dec)

3.         10k

·         Wheathampstead 10k (22 May) – ranked from 50 pts

Plus best time from any of following ranked from 50 points

·         "Watford" 10k (8 May - Moor Park Golf Club, Rickmansworth)

·         Welwyn 10k (26 Jun)

·         Spire Bushey 10k (3 July)

·         Standalone 10k (Oct)

 

4.         10 mile:  best time from any of following ranked from 50 points

·         Fred Hughes 10 (24 Jan)

·         Sandy 10 (10 Apr)

·         Buntingford Year End 10 (Dec)

5.         Half marathons

·         St Albans Half               (12 June) Ranked from 50 points 

Plus best time from any of following ranked from 50 points

·         Watford (7 Feb)

·         Silverstone (13 Mar)

·         Berkhamstead (6 Mar)

·         Milton Keynes NSPCC (25 Sep)

·         Maidenhead (4 Sep)

·         St Neots (Nov)

 

6.         Cross Country: Each scoring and ranked from 50 pts

·         XC#4 2015/16             Watford (17 Jan)

·         XC#5 2015/16             Royston (14 Feb)

·         XC#1 2016/17             TBC (Oct)

·         XC#2 2016/17             TBC (Nov)

·         XC#3 2016/17             TBC (Dec) 

 

7.         Other events

·         Any completed Marathon or Ultra (26.2 miles or over) during 2016 – 30 pts (does not include Dunstable events below, or relays or multistage events such as Thunderrun)

·         Dunstable Downs Challenge (Sep) – 1 point per mile within any event, i.e. 13, 20 or 26 pts for entered event. 

·         St Albans Stampede 12 hr Enduro (Sept) - 4 points per completed full lap up to a max of 48 points

·         Herts 10k Marshalling or Running (9 Oct) – 30 pts

·         Club 5k Running or Marshalling – 5pts each time

We do not anticipate that anyone will compete in everything!

Notes:

1.       The league is open to all paid up members of the club. Paid up is defined as the Membership secretary being in receipt of fees before a race starts (but you can join at any time in the year.)

2.       Results for non-Arrows events will be taken from published times. Times from runners' watches will not be accepted.

3.       For the club handicap 5k, the 5k Co-ordinator will record attendance and 5 points will be scored by running or marshalling. The 5k Co-ordinator will advise the number of marshalling ‘slots’ available each month (max 4 marshals for straight Nickey Line summer route, max 8 on Rothamsted summer route, and max 8 on winter route) and marshals will be accepted on a first come first served basis via email to the 5k Handicap organiser (link on website) or via facebook Club 5k event page (posted each month).

4.       Dunstable Challenge Event:  points to be awarded corresponding to the miles within the event of the 13, 20 or 26 mile events (irrespective of miles run just in case you get lost!).  26m event does not substitute as a marathon event.

5.       An Ultra is defined as any planned race over 26.2 miles.

6.       The Captains reserve the right to include additional events in the course of the year, or provide substitutes for ones that have not yet been confirmed, but will give at least 1 months' notice.

7.       Runners may not substitute any other races for the ones stated.

8.       WAVA ratings if published will not be used for ranking and are just produced for fun, but will be calculated using the "Fetch" calculation (as per the Club Standards) - see details at http://www.fetcheveryone.com/training-calculators-wava.php 

9.       Where more than 50 runners of a single gender participate in an event, those in 50th place and below will be given 1 point (rather than awarding the leader more points just because more people turn-up.)

10.    The rules will not normally be subject to change during the year but may be revised for next years’ scheme. The Club Captains will decide what actions to take in the event of extraordinary, unplanned circumstances. Their ruling will be final.

The results are typically updated monthly or after key events with lots of participants (eager to see their results.)  Thanks to Chitra for administrating and publishing the scores on the doors!

 

We wish everyone a good year of running and hope that you enjoy the League.

Let the fun begin!

Louise and Simon 
Club Captains    


Results for 2016

Results for 2015

Results for 2014

Final results for 2013 xls version pdf version

Final results for 2012

 

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