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Club Grand Prix

For those wanting some competition, we run a yearly "Grand Prix" league from February to November, this has a number of  divisions, with promotion and relegation taking place at the end of the season. This competition has the effect of giving people a focus to aim their efforts towards, and is keenly contested right down to the last division. Prizes are awarded to the winners at one of our numerous social functions held during the year.

The Grand Prix comprises of 12 races spread across the region, with points being awarded for finishing position within each individual league. In the last few seasons, the Grand Prix has been contested over an equal spilt of three categories; up to 10k / 10k to 10m / over 10 mile, to ensure that the winners of each division will be the best overall runners and not simply those who excel at one particular distance. There are 4 races in each category; with the scoring calculated from each individuals best six scores from the twelve races, but with a maximum of two scores from each category.


The format for the 2018 Grand Prix is a 12 race season with four races in each of three categories – up to 10km, up to 10 miles and above 10 miles.  Each entrant to the Grand Prix will count their best two results from each category.  (Runners completing less than two races in any category will still be eligible to have their total scores counted in the Grand Prix, with any ‘missing’ races scored as zero points.)  Runners are reminded that, for the purpose of Grand Prix scoring, if a race is being ‘chip timed’ it is the order in which runners cross the finish line that counts and not the chip time.

Members of Blyth Running Club are required to wear club vests in all Grand Prix races and are also required to comply with all ‘local rules’ set by the organiser of each event.  (Note that these rules will often include minimum age limits, which may result in some of the younger club members being unable to participate in some races).  Members should also be aware that it is a UKA rule (for very good reasons, e.g. in case of accident or injury) that we must run only in our own name, and this rule also applies to the club Grand Prix.  (It is legitimate to swap names in advance if the organiser approves and changes the name appearing in the results).  For clarity, this rule will continue to be applied on the straightforward basis that for a result to count it has to appear in the official results against the name of the person who actually ran.

Failure to comply with the above requirements will render members subject to disqualification from the particular Grand Prix race and also subject to potential disqualification from the Grand Prix itself, dependent on the discretion of the Grand Prix Working Party (note for guidance: repeat offenders will be viewed in a particularly poor light).  For clarity, if it is necessary to disqualify a member from a Grand Prix event all other competitors in that division will then move up one place.

Members are also expected to comply with good etiquette at all times and specifically must comply with all instructions from race organisers and marshals, must do nothing to adversely affect the good name of Blyth Running Club and should do nothing to either favour or adversely affect the performance of other Grand Prix competitors during races.

Season Competition

The races for the 2018 season are shown below.  These have been selected by the BRC Grand Prix Working Party and any feedback after events can usefully be given to any member of this group (but preferably by e-mail or in writing if you want it to be remembered).

At the present time, the dates for eleven of the twelve races are known, with the final one still to be confirmed by the organising club.  However, there always remains the possibility of further change.  Further information on race dates will be publicised as and when known.  In the event of any of the announced races being either cancelled or clashing with another race on the list, the Working Party reserves the right to select an alternative race where practical and both time and the calendar allowing.

Grand Prix Working Party

Kathryn Angus

Lesley Falkous

Lynn Munro

Warwick Roberts

Alison Warnes

Paul Whalley

Entries and Leagues

Entries are invited for the 2018 season.  Please give your name in writing or by e-mail to Ralph Dickinson.

As always, the Grand Prix Working Party will meet to decide composition of the leagues in sufficient time for these to be published by e-mail and on the club website in advance of the first race of the season.  As the first race of 2018 is at the start of March this means that the relevant meeting will be during February.

Members should note that once the meeting to decide the leagues has been held absolutely no late entries will be accepted from existing members, as doing so in the past has caused leagues to become skewed with consequent adverse feedback from some competitors.  The only circumstance in which late entries will be considered is for new members joining the club between February and April, although no guarantee is given that such entries will definitely be accepted.  After the third race has taken place (i.e. 22 April) no further entries from new members will be able to be considered.

At present, existing members should expect that the deadline for entries will be 31st January or very soon thereafter.  A final reminder will be sent shortly before the eventual deadline.  

The 2018 Grand Prix consists of the following events.





Haweswater Half

Sun 4th March

Bampton near Shap

Above 10 Mile

Thirsk 10 Mile

Sun 18th March

North Yorks

10k to 10 Miles

Terry O'Gara 5K

Sun 22nd April


Up to 10k

Pier to Pier

Sun 20th May

South Shields to Roker

10k to 10 Miles

Edinburgh Marathon

Sun 27th May


Above 10 Mile

Durham Coastal Half

Sun 10th June

Seaham to Crimdon Dene

Above 10 Mile

Tynedale 10K

Tue 3rd July (TBC)


Up to 10k

Fell Em Doon 10K

Wed 25th July


Up to 10k

South Shields 10 Mile

Sun 5th August

South Shields

10k to 10 Miles

Quayside 5K

Wed 15th August

Newcastle Gateshead

Up to 10k

Haltwhistle Half

Sun 30th September

West Northumberland

Above 10 Mile

Brampton to Carlisle 10M

Mid November (TBC)

East Cumbria

10k to 10 Miles

 Division 1

 Division 2

 Division 3

 Division 4

 Division 5

 Ian Baxter

 Robby Barkley

 Michael Ashby

 Anita Brabazon

 Lynn Munro

 Peter Brown

 Steve Dobby

 Paul Blackett

 Anne Craddock

 Joanne Stobbart

 Jon French

 Tony Dunn

 Shaun Dodd

 Ralph Dickinson

 Diane Wallace

Steven French

Paul Knight

Holly Johnson

Lesley Falkous

 Alison Warnes

 Gary Jones

Robert Sharratt

Claire Mason

Rachel Joseph


Scott Povey

Richard Shillinglaw

Mark Ponton

John Mallon


Paul Whalley


 Warwick Roberts

 Steve Walker


Graham Wood


 Sandra Watson






















Note: In the case of clear error, the organisers reserve the right to change any athlete UP or DOWN from the league they start in up until the time between the 3rd and 4th races of the season.


Runners are reminded that each entrant to the Grand Prix will count only their best two results from each category.  It is not expected that runners should aim to compete in all twelve races.  

The Leagues for 2018 are:-  

 2018 Grand Prix

Details and list of races for the 2018 Grand Prix are available HERE.

If you wish to take part in the 2018 Grand Prix please inform Ralph in writing or by e-mail.