parkrun Competition

The parkrun competition, started in 2017, is running again in 2018, with a few tweaks.

There will still be five set parkruns, but Rother Valley and Nostell Priory have been replaced with Wakefield Thornes and Glossop – mainly just to make a change, but these are closer to Penistone too.

Last year, not many people nominated a Wildcard parkrun, so this year it’s automated, and you will get three Wildcards each – out of all the UK parkruns you do (apart from Barnsley, Concord, Glossop, Hillsborough and Wakefield Thornes), the three that score you the most points will be counted.  Limiting it to UK parkruns only is necessary because the formatting of results on the parkrun sites for some other countries is inconsistent, so including them would be a huge amount of work and it is clearer just to exclude all overseas parkruns.

We have tweaked and simplified the points system a bit as well, to make it less biased towards the faster runners – the points for age-graded score remain the same and the points for your age-category position and PBs have changed a bit.  See below for the full scoring system. There are no points for overall gender position in 2018 – these always duplicated the age category positions for the fastest runners.  

Finally, there are points for volunteering  15 points for each time you volunteer, up to a maximum of three times, which is the number of times regular parkrunners are asked to contribute, in order to keep the events going.  Again, these will be added automatically, as long as you are on the results pages as an official volunteer for any event during the year.  For technical reasons, volunteering points will only appear after you have run a parkrun in 2018, but those you accumulated before you ran will be counted once you have run.

Latest standings for 2018 are here.

Final standings for 2017 are here.

You earn points based on the following:

  • Age Grading: 70%+ 5pts,   65%+ 4pts,   60%+ 3pts,   55%+ pts,   50%+ 1pt
  • Age Category Positions, 1st: 5pts,   2nd: 4pts,   3rd: 3pts,   4th or 5th: 2 pts,   6th–10th: 1pt
  • Bonus Points for PB: if you get a course PB then you get 5pts (first time appearance does not count, you need to have done at least two at same venue for a PB to count)

You will score points as above at the five set parkruns (your best points haul from each will count) and from three other ‘Wildcard’ parkruns during the year (again, the three that score highest points).

In addition, you score points for volunteering: 15 points each time, up to a maximum of three.

Qualifying runners
All first claim members will be included as long as they have Penistone Footpath Runners registered with parkrun as their club. To add Penistone as your club click on “manage my profile” in any of your results emails from parkrun, and then use the “update” link on the My Links page.

You must volunteer at least once to qualify for prizes at the end of the year.

Penistone parkrun tour
Not part of the parkrun competition, but as a social club event, each month, a member nominates a particular parkrun and a few members go as a club jolly. Each person nominating a parkrun also nominates the next person. The list of nominees, parkruns and attendance is here.

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