With the 2017 championship starting to wrap up, it’s time to start thinking about 2018. It has been noticed that over the last few years, interest in the championship seems to have dropped off, this year there are few who have managed to have completed the 5 race minimum to qualify. So I have looked into making some changes for 2018.
Taking on board feedback from the AGM, the survey, and just in general, in 2018 we are trying a new format.
There will be 2 smaller championships, one for shorter events, one for longer events, and an overall championship which will bring the two together, which is still in line with the current championship. This way the overall club champion will still be the best all rounder, but for those who would rather stick to the shorter stuff, they can do that and still win something, the same goes for those who prefer the longer races. I have summarised this in a handy diagram.
When choosing races, I have tried to consider the following things.
I have tried my best to take out races which sell out quickly and are hard to get a place in, so races like Bourton, Linda Franks, and Frampton have been taken out for 2018. I will endeavour to keep track of when races open, and let people know, but it is ultimately your responsibilty to keep an eye on when races open if you want to enter them.
I have started the Short Stuff Specialist championship later as many club members are often training for spring marathons, and would rather not be doing the short stuff in Jan/Feb when they’re getting their mileage in.
Have tried to keep it interesting with a variety of distances and and terrain. A few new races this year, but some old favourites as well.
I have kept June free from club races as this is a busy club month with Fairford, Hope 24 and Cotswold Way.
There will soon be more specific info in the championship section, but for now here are the races.