Grand Prix 2022-23

What is the Elvet Striders Grand Prix?

The Elvet Striders Grand Prix (GP) is an annual competition for club members that covers a range of different races. The GP is a long tradition in the club, and is a fantastic opportunity to participate in events with other Striders, and try event types that you haven’t done before. 

It is made up of 24 races in total in four general categories: Cross-country (XC), Endurance, Sprint and Fell.

Most of these single races, but there are two exceptions in the Endurance category:

  • Rather than include a single marathon in the fixture list, Striders may submit their best time from any marathon within the Grand Prix period. This might be a road marathon, but any event billed as the classic distance or longer can be used, so trail ultras also are permitted. (Obviously times will be slower, but a GP point will still be earned.)
  • The Great North Run is included, but due to the difficulty of securing places, Striders who don’t compete in the GNR can submit a time from any other half-marathon, as long as that race does not appear separately on the GP.

This also means that the final points for these two races cannot be calculated until the end of the competition. However, interim results will be published at appropriate times throughout the season.

The Grand Prix is actually split into competitions for men and women. This year the GP will be age-graded, so instead of an overall competition for each gender, there will be separate prizes for the winners of the following age groups:

  • Senior (under 40),
  • O40 (40 to 49),
  • O50 (50 to 59)
  • O60 (60 and over).

These have been changed from 2021-22, so that they finish in “0” rather than “5”. There are therefore two fewer groups than last year.

Runners will be placed in age-groups according to their age on 21/09/22 (this date being before the first race in the fixture list).

Additionally there will be prizes for each race category, but not age-graded. This means that the full list of prizes is: MSen, MO40, MO50, MO60, WSen, WO40, WO50, WO60, MXC, WXC, MEndurance, WEndurance, MSprint, WSprint, MFell, WFell.

Points are awarded at each race for each applicable prize. The leading Strider eligible for that prize will receive 15 points, with the 14 for second place, 13 for third and so on. Every participating Strider will receive at least one point, even if more than 15 take part.

Fixtures

The fixtures for the 2022-2023 season are as follows. Full details of some of the races are not yet known, but will be added as soon as the information is published by the race organisers.

Abbr.FixtureCategoryDateSee also
WrekWrekenton NEHLXCSat, 24/09/22Wrekenton
Results
DrurDruridge NEHLXCSun, 09/10/22Druridge Bay
Results
LambLambton Castle NEHLXCSat, 29/10/22Lambton Castle
Results
BtoCBrampton to Carlisle EnduranceSun, 20/11/22Brampton
Results
CookCaptain Cook Fell RaceFellSun, 01/01/23Great Ayton
Results
ShDavSherman Cup and Davison ShieldXCSat, 07/01/23South Shields
Results
BMBrass MonkeyEnduranceSun, 15/01/23York Racecourse
Results
ThornThornley NEHLXCSat, 11/02/23Thornley
Race Info
AlnAlnwick NEHLXCSat, 04/03/23Alnwick (Strider Bus)
Race Info
DentDentdaleEnduranceSat, 11/03/23Dent
Entries open
ColeColedale HorseshoeFellSat, 25/03/23Braithwaite
Race Info
Entries open 10/02/23 (No EOD)
BlakBlakey BlitzFellSun, 02/04/23Lion Inn – Entry OTD only
Race Info
PtoPPier to PierSprintSun, 21/05/23South Shields (Strider Bus)
Race Info and Entries, now open
BlayBlaydonSprintFri, 09/06/23Newcastle
Race Info
Entries open 6/2/23
BOTTBridges of the TyneSprintTue, 04/07/23Newcastle – Date TBC
Dur10Durham 10kSprintFri, 14/07/23Durham – Entry TBA
Race Info
ChapChapelfell TopFellSun, 23/07/23St. John’s Chapel – Entries open in May (No EOD)
Race Info
MileAllan’s MileSprintMaiden Castle – Date TBC
HerrJames HerriotFellSun, 30/07/23Castle Bolton
Race Info
Entries open
LowtLowther Trail Fell RaceFellSat, 19/08/23Lowther Castle
Race Info
Entries open
PBsNight of PBsSprintMaiden Castle – Date TBC
GNR+Great North Run (or other Half)EnduranceSun, 10/09/23Newcastle
Race Info
Ballot Open
NCoastNorthumberland CoastalEnduranceSun, 17/09/23Beadnell (Strider Bus)- Entry TBA
Race Info
MaraAny MarathonEndurance

Current Standings

See this page for the standings for 2022-2023.

Marathon and Half-marathon Results

See this page for best results in marathons and half-marathons.

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