WHY JOIN?

MONEY
It's cheap. Membership for 2013 is a mere €10. Races cost €5 for registered members and €8 for non registered athletes, cheaper than a short and mixer - and last longer.

QUALITY
Every course is accurately measured and subject to rigorous standards set by the BHAA and by race promoters.

TIMING
Races are held at sensible times - Sunday mornings and summer evenings, for example.

SOCIAL
It's a staff with a difference - you find your work colleagues have personalities.

DEMOCRACY
You don't have to be an Olympic athlete to take part. Everyone is equal in importance in one of the sports where Olympians and you too can rub shoulders.

VARIETY
The calendar includes country, road, distance and very long distance.

FUN
What sport is all about. Enjoy running in varied locations over many distances with healthy, happy people.

Team Prizes

Every race except for the Simon Turkey Trot in December has team prizes for men and women. There are 3 categories for men and women: A, B & C. Each runner is assigned a rank based on past performance or a default rank if it is their first race. What category a team of runners ends up in at a given race depends on the rankings of the individual runners in that team.

For men, a default rank of 1 is given.

For women, the default is 20.

Anybody who has a default value more than likely hasn’t run as we update these after every race.

For men’s teams, the combined score of each 3 consecutive men from the same company are combined to determine if they go into category A, B or C. Then their positions are summed to give them a total team score.

For women’s teams, the combined score of each 2 consecutive women from the same company are combined to determine category A, B and C again. Again, their positions are summed to give a total team score.

All teams are sorted by category and then team scores. The top teams per category are the winners.

Table below shows total sum of ranks per category.

  Men Women
A 1-27 1-40
B 28-37 41-49
C 38 up 50 up

The winning team from a given company may not be the first 3 men or first 2 women from that company across the line. The first team may have come 4th in A but the team that wins could be 2nd in C.

The main thing here is that nobody has a category; they have a rank. It totally depends who else ends up on their team purely by where they finish in the race. You might sometimes see a men’s team in A score high and come 3rd. This is usually because there are only 3 teams in A and the 3rd team are new runners who have default ranks of 1. Their rank gets updated after and this will not happen again. If there were 3 “proper” teams in A, this newbie team wouldn’t win as team scores would be low.