NORFOLK COUNTY CHAMPIONSHIPS
When entering races in the county you may have seen the wording 'this race is a Norfolk County Championship Race', and wondered what that is, and why they are asking if you are eligible for it?
The Norfolk County Championships are exactly that - competitive races in which medals (gold, silver and bronze) are awarded to the three fastest people in their age category, as well as team prizes. They are open to residents of Norfolk (according to strict criteria, see below).
The Norfolk County Championships are administered by Athletics Norfolk under UKA Rules and Regulations.
The Norfolk County Championships cover the following distances:
The age categories for these awards are as follows:
Male: Senior (Under 39), 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, and 65+
Female: Senior (Under 39), 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, and 65+
Team Prizes are available and are awarded slightly differently:
Male: Senior (Under 39) and Veteran - 4 qualifying runners from an Athletics Norfolk Affiliated Club
Female: Senior (Under 39) and Veteran - 3 qualifying runners from an Athletics Norfolk Affiliated Club
All medals are awarded according to chip times.
There is strict criteria for whether a runner is eligible for the Norfolk County Championships. When entering a NCC race the entry form should ask you to confirm if you are eligible. Please make sure you select the right option when entering, as this could affect the results!
The races which are part of the Norfolk County Championships changes each year, moving between different clubs. For a list of these races, please refer to the latest version: Norfolk Road Race Fixture List 2019 v3.pdf
*Note that there is not currently a road marathon in Norfolk. Therefore Athletics Norfolk accept postal submissions, from anyone who has run a marathon outside the County.
SPORTLINK GRAND PRIX
The SportLink Grand Prix is a series which awards points to a runner based upon their finishing position within their age category.
So, for example, the race winner scores 100 points, the second runner 99 etc...
The grand prix series is measured over 11 races, with the best 7 performances being included in the final rankings.
Prizes are then awarded at an awards evening in November.