About Grand Prix Events
Pontefract Athletics Club organises a series of internal races for our members that helps have a level of competitiveness within the club against each other and against ourselves. These events are included in the club membership so you don't have to pay any extra to participate. Pontefract AC runs a series of events over multiple distances throughout the year which our members are encouraged to enter and participate in and to see how they get on. They are a good way of targeting improvement in times and performance over a distance, or for trying to finish quicker than others in your pace group.
Athletes who take part are split into divisions based on their abilities at the 10k distance so that everyone is alongside other similar paced runners in the same group. Each race is timed and the highest finisher gets more points. The fastest finisher in each group gets 10 points, the second gets 9 points, the third gets 8 points, the fourth gets 7 points, the fifth gets 6 points and all other finishers get 5 points. Any runner who sets off but doesn't complete the event due to illness or injury on the course gets 3 points as a DNF (Did Not Finish).
Each road runner within the club, no matter how quick or not so quick have something to compete for in their division. The best 6 performances from 8 across the year for each runner will be used for calculating the total points for the year, so even if you have an off day you can still stand a chance of coming out on top.
Who is eligible to take part and win?
We are happy for 'guests' to take part if they're considering joining the club. They wouldn't be eligible for points though. The winners of each of the divisions will receive a trophy at the Club Presentation Evening. You need to be a paid-up club member to be eligible to win your league. New members will be added to the league tables as and when they compete.
Most improved runner
In addition to the Grand Prix events, there is also a Most Improved Athlete competition. This award will be judged on performances throughout the year and awarded by the club's management committee.
This Year's Series
2023 Grand Prix Dates and Distances
Race 1 - 5 February - 10K - Dewsbury
Race 2 - 12 March - 10 Miles - Thirsk
Race 3 - 15 April - 5k - Pontefract Parkrun
Race 4 - 7 May - 10k - Pontefract
Race 5 - 4 June - 10k - Grimsby
Race 6 - 24 June - 5 Miles - Darrington
Race 7 - 4 July - 5k - Methley Canal (Tuesday night)
Race 8 - 24 August - 5 Miles - Club Multi Terrain course from Ponte RU Club (Thursday night)
Race 9 - 2 to 10 September - Half Marathon
Race 10 - 17 September - Club Cross Country Championships at Pontefract Park
Race 11 - 15 October - 10k - Scarborough
Race 12 - 26 November - 10K - Doncaster
Last Year's Series
2022 Grand Prix Dates and Distances
Race 1 - 6 February - 10K - Dewsbury
Race 2 - 6 March - 9 Miles - Norton
Race 3 - 20 March - 10K - Wakefield
Race 4 - 9 April - 5k - Pontefract Parkrun
Race 5 - 15 May - 10k - Pontefract
Race 6 - 18 May - 10K - Askern (Wednesday night)
Race 7 - 7 August - 10k - York
Race 8 - 25 August - 5m - Multi Terrain course from Ponte RU Club (Thursday night)
Race 9 - 11 September - Half Marathon - Vale of York
Race 10 - 2 October - Half Marathon - Pontefract
Race 11 - 30 October - 10k - Wistow
Race 12 - 27 November - 10K - Doncaster
How to book onto sessions
In 2020, we started using an App giving us much more functionality to share news about the club with members who may not be Facebook users. We believe in making ourselves accessible wherever possible.
We are asking ALL club road runners who are members to book onto training sessions and Grand Prix events via our App. This is so that we can enable us all to run in small groups safely, send club information to you that is relevant to you and so that we have a record of who is present..
To get the full features of the App you need to download Team App onto your smartphone. It is available to use from your desktop too if you wish. Download Team App here (http://teamapp.com/app). Don't worry, the app is 100% FREE.
1. Launch Team App.
2. Sign-up to Team App. You'll be sent an email to confirm your registration.
3. Log in and then search for PAC Road Runners and request access to the PAC ROAD RUNNERS group.
If you have any questions about the App, please ask one of the run leaders.
Are you interested in coming and running with us?
Firstly, great! We look forward to hearing from you and telling you more about us. We ask that all runners who aren't members get in touch with us first so we can talk to you about your running experience, usual pace, and what you're looking for so that we can help you decide which session would be best and so that our run leaders can introduce you to similar paced runners at the sessions.
We do a 'try before you buy' scheme where you can come along for three weeks of sessions before asking for you to apply for membership. To let us know that you are interested, please fill in the contact form here. We look forward to hearing from you.