As you may or may not know, Crawley Saints and Sinners has joined the Sussex Grand Prix (SGP) this year, in addition to the West Sussex Fun Run League (WSFRL).
We will aim to provide details about the league and outlines how you can represent the club at the races.
The SGP is slightly different to the WSFRL in that it is a set of predominately road based races generally at 10km distance with some being 10 miles or half marathons. They are also different to the WSFRL in that they are races which are on the general running websites and you are possibly already signed up to some this year.
In total there are 17 races throughout the year starting with the Eastbourne Half Marathon on Sunday 3 March and concluding with the Crowborough 10km on Sunday 26 November. The full race calendar can be found here: http://sussexgrandprix.co.uk/news/races-2017/
Crawley Saints and Sinners is entering the league for the first time this year, so it is new for us all, but hopefully it will gain a lot of interest and we can have a good initial year which we build on in future years.
We are also looking to add our own race to the league possibly in 2018 or 2019 with the St Leonards Run being the trial for this.
It would be great if we can get off to a good start and throughout the year we will be promoting the races to build interest in the league. The good thing with this league is that being road races enables you to either target and complete your first 10km race, build and work to improve previous 10km times and possibly do that half marathon with fellow club members.
It is all quite straightforward; you just need to sign up for the races via the entry websites and ensure that you put down Crawley Saints and Sinners as your affiliated club. Then once registered you just need to let me know so that I can perform the administration.
The one small caveat is that to put S&S down as your affiliated club means you do need to be UKA affiliated, this costs £14.00 for the year but if you do a handful of races you will break-even due to the discount you receive when entering these races as an affiliated club member. Faye Buche sent out information on becoming UKA affiliated but please shout if you need assistance.
I am the SGP representative for the club and therefore will be sending out communications promoting the league, highlighting up and coming races and writing reports in the monthly newsletter.
In addition I will need to work with you to ensure I know who entered/completed each race so that I can supply the relevant information to the SGP league. Just so you don't think I'm being intrusive, I will need to ensure I have your date of birth so that your scoring and placing is put in the right age category.
Taking part in just one, or many races is fine because primarily we are members of a running club so we can regularly run, improve our running and enjoy spending time with fellow runners. However, for those who like the competitive aspect, scoring is awarded based on your finishing position e.g. 1st place scores 500 points, 2nd place 499 and so on. The scoring for males and females is separated.
Each runner's points total is obtained from their best 8 scoring races, which must include at least 2 races of 10 miles or more (runners under 18 and over 70 are exempt from this rule). The individual points are used to calculate the team scores for each club, using the scores of the top 10 men and top 10 woman (seniors) and top 5 men and top 5 women (veterans).
I will be sending out further information prior to each event but hopefully this has whet your appetite and built some excitement in this new journey which the club is embarking on. If you want to find out more drop me an email or message me on Facebook or peruse the league's website - http://sussexgrandprix.co.uk/
Overall our goal is to get as many UKA affiliated club members as we can to run at least 8 races each from the calendar to enable us to score points and see where we finish in the league.
We are very successful in the WSFRL so lets try and finish as high up the SGP league table as we can this year.