A Brief Introduction
The purpose of the NRC League is to promote racing in order to provide a focus for members’ race calendars, a competitive interest, a means to improve performance, enhanced enjoyment of racing, trying different races and an opportunity for socialising with fellow members and members of other clubs. The NRC League is open to all paid up members of Nailsea Running Club.
12 races that are a mixture of road, off-road and multi-terrain races in the range 3 to 13miles distance are selected as nominated races in the year from which participants score points according to their finishing position in their age/sex category. The aim is to score the most points within one’s age/sex category.
Each competitor may play One Joker in the year (see Section 4). The race on which the joker is being played must be nominated in advance and the points scored by the competitor for that race are doubled.
The best 8 race results in the year are totalled for each competitor. The maximum score is thus 90points from nominated races. This consists of 7x10points plus 1x10points doubled to 20 points by playing the Joker.
The NRC League runs from January 1 to December 31st in each year.
The committee selected the league races for 2015 based on the following criteria:
Not likely to sell-out quickly
- Potentially ‘Do-able’ for majority of membership
- Varied selection of events, up to HM
- Aim to support local clubs
- If we did it this year choose another for next year (in general)
- Entry fees mainly < £20
- Within c50 mile radius / 1 hour’s drive but mainly within local area
The Rules of the Nailsea Running Club League 2014
1a) The NRC League is open to all paid up members (both racing and non-racing of Nailsea Running Club).
1b) The purpose of the NRC League is to promote racing in order to provide a focus for members’ race calendars, competitive interest, a means to improve performance, enhanced enjoyment of racing, trying different races and an opportunity for socialising with fellow members and members of other clubs. Non-racing members may discover the joys of racing. Note it only takes 2 races in the year to recover the £3 racing affiliation charge (since non affiliated runners pay a £2 levy per race).
2a) 12 races (a mixture of road, off-road and multi-terrain races in the range 3 to 13miles distance) are selected as nominated races in the year from which participants score points as follows: highest placed finishers in their age/sex category gets 10points, 2nd placed, 9points…down to 10th and lower placings 1 point. Non-finishers score zero points. Pre-notification is not needed (except to play the Joker – see Section 4) and points will be recorded automatically. The aim is to score the most points within one’s age/sex category (see Section 3a)
2b) You can still score points running with someone else’s entry number but ONLY if such transfer is permitted by the particular race and that you have notified the race organisers for the purpose of Health &Safety conditions. If you do have some else’s name/number please also notify John Mallone to make your claim, preferably before the race to make the scoring easier (email: j.mallone (at) btinternet (dot) com). Retrospective claims later than the following league race cannot be accepted. Note the converse is not allowed – someone else cannot run under your name and score points for you in the NRC league.
2c) The best 8 race results in the year are totalled for each competitor. Any lower or equal point scores in the year are discarded. The maximum score in 2014 is thus 90 points from nominated races. This consists of 7×10 points plus 1×10 points doubled to 20 points by playing the Joker (see Section 4).
2d) The NRC League 2014 runs from January 1 to December 31st 2014
3a) NRC age/sex categories are:
- Senior Male: to 39 years.
- Male Veteran 40: 40 to 49years.
- Male Veteran 50: 50 and above
- Senior Female: to 39 years.
- Female Veteran 40: 40 to 49years.
- Female Veteran 50: 50 and above
3b) A member’s age category is determined by their age on January 1st of a year.
4a) One Joker per competitor is allowed in the year. On playing this you score double points (i.e.20 max). The joker may only be played for nominated races. To play the Joker simply notify John Mallone at least 3 days before a race.
4b) If you fail to start a joker-notified race due to injury or illness please re-contact John Mallone before the race to cancel the Joker. You can then re-use in another race (within the same year only). Failure to cancel means the Joker is lost in that year. If it was the last race of the year unfortunately the Joker is lost in that year.
4c) Failure to complete a started race unfortunately means the Joker is lost in that year.
4d) The jokers cannot be carried over into the following year – failure to play within the League year means it is lost in that year.
5a) Members must visibly wear recognised NRC tops to avoid loss of points. Such tops have the upper navy blue/ middle yellow band with the words Nailsea Running Club/ green lower colour scheme. The all day-glow yellow shirt is no longer acceptable as it is not sufficiently distinctive for long distance recognition by other NRC members. This rule is to avoid an unfair adverse effect on correctly attired members who are competing seriously in the league. It will be strictly enforced in 2014.
5b) If a member is noticed or reliably reported without recognised colours they will be placed behind the last correctly attired member. For instance, if two ‘wrong tops’ come 1st and 2nd in a category where a total of 5 were competing with 3rd, 4th and 5th as ‘right tops’ then instead of scoring 10 and 9 points, the two ‘wrong tops’ will score 7 and 6pts respectively, whereas three ‘right tops’ will be promoted to 10, 9 and 8pts respectively.
6a) Any disputes not covered by the above rules will be resolved by John Mallone, in consultation with the NRC committee, if necessary. Notify any claims, appeals or corrections as soon as possible after the race. Retrospective adjustments may be not be made after the following league race.
7a) After the League has finished the winners of each category will receive a shield to keep for the year with their name inscribed thereon. The winner and runner up will receive a medal to keep for ever. If a category is very large or the League grows in popularity then third place prizes will be considered. Presentations will be made on Awards Night early in the following year.
7b) If a category is tied then the member with the best ‘head-to-head’ record wins i.e. in the races where both tied members were present the one with the most wins over the other wins. If still tied, the member competing in the most league races wins. If still tied, a tie is the final result.
7c) There is also a prize for the member finishing in the most races regardless of results. In the case of a tie, the competitor with least points wins. If still tied, a tie is the final result. In the case of large participation a 2nd place attendance prize will be considered or one for Men, one for Women.