The club runs four competitions throughout the year for its members – the Jim Reilly Trophy, the Dave Bell Trophy, a club handicap around the end of the year and the new 5km Championship. The first two take runners’ times for competing in a range of local races, while the Championship is based solely on times from races on a club measured 5km course. The club handicap is exactly that – a race of 5 miles with runners estimated finishing times based on a handicap system. In the case of the trophies and championship races, points are awarded based on beating a target time calculated from each runner’s previous performance (so you are competing against your own past race times, not other people) and, as you know, “points mean prizes.” So the runner with the most points takes the prize. The handicap race is the fastest time based on your handicap with trophies for male and female runners.
Road races vary from short, sharp 5kms to the long slog of the marathon and are a great way to push yourself, measure your progress and blag some bling (or a nice race tee at least). There are far too many road races for us to list here (so check out northeastraces.co.uk instead), but the main local races are the New Marske Harriers series and the Redcar Half Marathon. Races are increasingly filling up quickly so we advise all members to apply well in advance to avoid disappointment.
There are also a wealth of off-road races available, including the local Muddy Roads trail runs, the Hardmoors series, local fell races and the regional cross-country championships. Further trail and fell race fixtures and results are available on trailresults.co.uk.