Lordshill Road Race League – Competition Rules

The LRR League is designed as a friendly competitive series of races. It will hopefully keep us all motivated and provide a bit of racing spirit over the coming months.

Race results

Race 1 – 5 k results
Race 2 – 10 k results
Race 3 – 5 M results

Races

The series starts in January 2021 and ends in August 2021. There is one race per month. Races take place near Southampton Common along predetermined routes. For each race, the race route will be published latest a week before the race window opens. The race window covers 16 days starting on a Saturday and ending on a Sunday (see Table). The course must be completed during these 16 days to qualify. You can race the course as many times as you wish, but only one time can be submitted.

Don’t live local to the Common but fancy the challenge?
We hear you! We therefore decided to open up the races to runners who cannot complete the predetermined routes. You will get an overall position in the race results – just like in any virtual challenge – but you will not count in the league table. Confused? Check out the section below.

The Routes

Routes can be found in the links below.

The route may be along roads and through public spaces. You must adhere to the traffic law and COVID restrictions at all times. Even though this league has a competitive spirit, your priority must be your safety and the safety of others. If it is not safe to complete the route owing to traffic or any other issue, you must abort the race attempt and try another time. By taking part in the league, you agree that you run at your own risk. You are responsible for your own health and safety at all times, and you must follow the LRR athletes Code of Conduct (Athletes – Codes of Conduct – Lordshill Road Runners).

You and your behaviour are representing the club. So, please act responsibly. If you aim for a fast time, run on days and at times that are less busy (so not on a sunny Saturday afternoon).

We haven’t measured these courses to the normal race standards and sometimes Strava or GPS has glitches. So, just get out there and follow the route as closely as you can – don’t worry about exactly matching the advertised distance.

Runners Eligibility

To be eligible to score, you have to be a member of Lordshill Road Runners or pay a registration fee of £14.50.

If you are a LRR member, you don’t need to register. Just run and submit your time!

League scoring

Your league score is calculated based on your position in the final ranking table for the same-gender runners who completed the predetermined route. Your score is equivalent to your position in this ranking. Runners with the same time, will be awarded the same rank. Your final score will be determined from the best of 6 out of the 8 races. If two runners have the same overall score, the runner with the highest rankling across all races will be ranked higher.

If you did not run the predetermined route, you will get a position in the race results, but you will not be ranked in the league table.

Confused? Just get out there and run as fast as you can. That’s what we are all here for, right? 😃


Example of how the ranking works

Trophies

We all love a trophy! For the LRR League, you will be rewarded for consistency. So, if you complete at least 6 out of the 8 races, you are eligible to get your LRR League 2021 mug!

For members (who can participate the league for free), we ask for a donation (amount to be determined).

For non-members (who paid a registration fee), your mug is already included in the registration fee.

Did not run the predetermined routes? Don’t worry – you’ll still get your mug!

Time submission

Your time has to be submitted using the submission form. Submission closes on the Monday after the closing Sunday. You can only submit one time.

Your time is the total time it takes you to complete the course (‘elapsed time’); so if you stop to get your breath back or catch up with someone you bump into (socially distanced), the time must be included.

For submission, you will have to provide:

  • Name
  • Email address
  • Gender for league table*
  • Did you run the predetermined route?
  • Time (elapsed)
  • Proof of course completion

Time:

We will use this time for your ranking. We trust that you are reporting an accurate and fair time!

Proof of course completion:

As a proof of course completion, please paste your Strava activity number. You can find the Strava activity number in the browser address. Please make sure your activity is visible to ‘Everyone. (You can – of course! – change the privacy setting once the results for that particular race have been published).

You can’t use your phone for this one. Sorry! 📵

Ensure the privacy setting is set to the ‘Everyone’ during the submission period.

If you do not have Strava or your Strava activity was faulty:
Please tick the box agreeing that you are reporting your time truthfully. If possible, please attach a proof (e.g. part of Strava segment, photo of your watch face or stopwatch) in the time submission sheet.


*Sport can and does play a major role in promoting the inclusion of all groups in society. Inequalities have existed within sport particularly in relation to gender, race and disability. We are committed to promoting and developing sports equity, which is about fairness in sport, equality of access, recognising inequalities and taking steps to address them. The nature of running has it that human’s X and Y chromosomes play a major role in our sporting abilities. Please choose the league gender that you feel is most appropriate in a friendly competitive setting. If you would like to discuss any of these issues with us, please contact our Membership Secretary (lrr.membership.sec@gmail.com).