East Coast AC Championship Challenge Series 2017/18

The 'East Coast AC Championship Challenge Series 2018/19' consists of 11 races held throughout the year that allow all athletes to compete on a level playing field (more or less!).  The races aim to cover most aspects of running, including trail, road, cross country and fell/mountain.


The Series includes internal (organised by East Coast AC) races as well as external races.  The East Coast AC races are open to everyone, not just club members.  However, only fully paid up club members will be considered for the Series awards given to the winner of each event.


Races are either based around a staggered or mass start system.  A staggered system allows for the more inexperienced or slower runners to start first and those who are expected to be faster, will start last - the faster you are, the more 'delay' time (handicap) that is added to your start time, so as to slow you down.  


The theory is that, the amount of delay that is added to your start time varies so that all runners should cross the finish time at exactly the same time... therefore everyone has the same chance of crossing the line first.  A mass start system is similar in that a 'delay' time, or handicap, is calculated for each athlete, however, all athletes start the race at the same time.  This ensures that no one is left waiting too long in the cold or after their warm-up before starting the race, it also allows inexperienced athletes to experience a mass start, similar to that in officially organised events outside the club.  Athletes will cross the line at various times, and their handicap is added on to their end result.

When is it?

See the timetable of events below:

Race Number
Date
 Time
 Location
Name
 Distance
 Type
1
Sunday 30th Septemer 2018
 11am
Larne
5mile Road Race
5miles
Road
 2
Sunday 11th November 2018
11am
Larne
Carnfunnock 5 Mile Canter
 5miles
Trail
 3
Saturday 15th December 2017
 12pm
Larne
Seacourt XC Race
5k (3.1miles)
XC
 4
Boxing Day 26th December 2018
11am
 Larne
Larne AC 5 Mile Road Race
5miles
Road
 5
Sunday 3rd February 2019
11am
Larne
Harbour 10k
10k (6.2miles)
Road
 6
Sunday 3rd March 2019
10am
Larne
10 Mile Road Race
10miles
Road
 7
Friday 3rd May 2019
7pm
Belfast
NiRunning Mile
1mile
Track
 8
Tuesday 7th May 2019
7pm
Larne
Brustin Brae Challenge
2.7miles
Road
 9
Saturday 18th May 2019
TBC
Ballyclare
Co. Antrim Harriers Ballyclare Mayfair 10k
10k (6.2miles)
Road
 10
Wednesday 5th June 2019
 7pm
Ballymena
Ballymena Runners Fairhill 5 Mile Road Race
5miles
Road
 11
Saturday 15th June 2019
11am
Larne
Killylane Klassic Trail Race
5miles
Trail

Why should you do it?

Well first off, it should be fun... honest!  As the events are over a variety of terrains, it gives you a chance to try out other types of racing and you can make your mind up on which one you prefer.  It should encourage you to push yourself that little bit more, because in theory, everyone has an equal opportunity to win - not just the 'top runners'.

Who can take part?

Our series is open to all members, friends, and family.  Anyone can take part in the events.  East Coast AC are a friendly, welcoming, and all inclusive club, suitable for athletes of all abilities.

How is it scored?

An athlete must complete 6 of the 11 above mentioned events to qualify for the series.  The athletes best 6 results will be considered for the series award.

Results are calculated based on a 'handicap' time as well as additional points being awarded based on actual times in that event, thus making it fair to all competitors.

This will be updated when the first 4 races have been completed.  Check back soon!

Previous Winners:

2017/18

1st Murray Deller (53 pts)

2nd Stephen Allen (65 pts)

3rd Iain Bailie (66 pts)

Full results here.

2016/17

1st Nikki McNeill (47 pts)

2nd James Robinson (50 pts)

3rd Lynn Magee (65 pts)

Full results here.

2015/16

1st Lynn Magee (45 pts)

2nd James Robinson (55 pts)

3rd Alex Robertson (64 pts)

Full results here.

2014/15

1st Ruth Maltman (57 pts)

2nd Glenda Girvin (64 pts)

3rd Mark Jordan (76 pts)

Full results here.