GLOSSOPDALE HARRIERS CLUB CHAMPIONSHIP 2021
For 2021, our GDH club championship will be run on a virtual basis. Not to be outdone though, it will offer the best that our amazing surroundings of Glossopdale have to offer and provide challenge for all members whatever your preferred discipline is, drawing on some existing, and some previously forgotten race routes.
The Championship will work first and foremost on fun! Something to help keep us all motivated, a target each month without being committed to a particular race date that we cannot all make and trying some routes we maybe have not previously. Fun and no doubt mud!
It will be based on 10 monthly race routes and 2 year-round challenges. There will be age category winners for female and male winners in each of fell, road and trail disciplines, and you must complete all three routes in a discipline to be counted towards that prize.
To qualify for the overall Championship, you must complete at least 5 routes across the year plus at least 1 of the year-round challenges.
There will also be female and male Championship Champions amongst those who manage to complete all 10 routes and the two challenges.
UPDATE – After consideration the champs group have now included age categories into the champs. This means we have around 40 prizes/mementos up for grabs:
Overall, MSenior, M40, M50, M60, M70, Overall, FSenior, F40, F50, F60, F70 in The Champs, the Fell, the Road & the Trail. NOTE: For the whole years champs please enter your category based on your age at 31/12/21!
UPDATE – *****Junior participation in Club Champs***** A quick update regarding participation of club juniors (U-16) in this years virtual club champs. We welcome junior participation in this years club champs however it is important that in doing so we ensure EA recommended distances are met. With this in mind and following Club Champs and Committee discussion it has been agreed that the following routes/challenges can be completed by juniors and be recorded. Round the Resers (June), Hadfield Dash (August), Glossop parkrun (anytime), The Running Track (anytime). “Junior” has therefore been added into the age categories on the time submission form, to allow the recording of these entries. All juniors attempting any of the routes or challenges must do it in the company of a parent or guardian. It turns out 3 Juniors did Glossop 5 before the above was decided, and these will be counters.
Times will be collected for each month and then given a ranking depending on how many people took part for example, if 30 FSenior and MSenior do Shelf Moor in September, the fastest in each will receive 30 points, 2nd will receive 29 and so on to 1.
The individual with the most points at the end of each discipline and overall champs will be declared the winners. Every participant will receive a Merit Cert.
As none of us are paying our usual race fees for the foreseeable future, we are also suggesting, if you wish, to make a donation to Glossop Mountain Rescue Team then CLICK HERE (Please note you can choose to not pay a fee to Just Giving here by selecting ‘other’ under the donation amount box and not entering 0).
THE CHAMPIONSHIP ROUTES & CHALLENGES
|Month||Route||Type||Distance||Supporting Document||ViewRanger / GPX File Link|
|Apr||3 Trigs||Fell||12m/19.5k||Link||Suggested Route|
|Jun||Round the Resers||Trail||5m/8k||Link||Route|
|Oct||New Glossop Fell Race||Fell||22m/||Link||Suggested Route|
The rules of the championships are simple:
- Always follow the latest COVID-19 guidance, published on gov.uk, maintain 2 metre distance and run in groups no larger than the guidance allows. You must also observe the clubs COVID-19 guidance available here https://glossopdaleharriers.wordpress.com/committee-pages/covid-19-documentation/
- Be fair and honest. There is no one with a stopwatch or logging chips. Submit your times on the link below (NOTE: Strava users – that is your ‘elapsed time’ please, not your ‘moving time’ 😉 READY TO SUBMIT YOUR TIME? CLICK HERE TO UPLOAD IT!
- If you are undertaking any of the three fell routes it is mandatory that you do this with a minimum of one other person (or in a group no larger than the latest COVID-19 guidance allows) and that you are each carrying your own FRA kit. This is waterproof whole-body cover (with taped seams and integrated attached hood), hat, gloves, map of the route, compass, whistle, emergency food (we strongly recommend a headtorch and rations too for longer routes. If in doubt visit fellrunner.org.uk If COVID-19 guidance changes and we are no longer allowed to run in pairs then the fell route will be withdrawn from the count in the month which the change affects.
- When doing any of the routes, please follow the routes according to the GPX provided. If you cut corners anywhere, you are only cheating yourself from knowing or learning the route that has been provided, when we come to a time a real racing again. Remember its fun, so if you lose a few seconds here or there double checking then so be it.
- If a competitor does not correctly follow a route, and it is deemed by the champs committee that this yielded a significant time advantage, a time penalty of 60 minutes will be added to your time.
- GPX files are provided, but not with the intention that they are used as your sole means of navigation. You should absolutely not rely on your phone or watch to navigate. There is much that can go wrong with these devices – you drop it, smash it, the battery dies etc. At least one of your pairing must be capable of navigating using map and compass, or you should not undertake the route.
- With running in pairs and times, the suggestion is that you agree a first and second between you and submit a time 1 second apart. For example, if you know you are with a traditionally faster runner or your partner was clearly stronger on the day, we encourage sportsmanship and goodwill to give them the “win” between the two of you to reflect the participation over glory ethos of the virtual Championship.
- When running the ‘road’ routes, be aware there are no closures in place, and you run these routes at your own risk. Take great care when crossing roads and equally be always mindful of pedestrians. Similar when running the ‘trail’ routes be mindful of other users and the time of day that you run as there are known crowded periods and bottlenecks on both the Longdendale and Gamesley Trail. Additionally, high vis and headtorches must be worn on road routes.
- As a club we abide by the Countryside Code. Freedom to roam on the hills is a hard-fought right and it would be tragic if restrictions were placed upon us all because of inappropriate actions by the uninformed and selfish few.
If you are running with a dog, there are guidelines in the same document – mostly pertaining to Effective Control. Please familiarise yourself with it.
We expect all members of the Club (and guests accompanying us on fell runs) to be familiar with the Countryside Code and abide by its sensible rules.
- For any given route or challenge, if any of the safety rules are not complied with, the competitor faces a disqualification from that event.