Started in 2012. Like the original winter competition the Summer Grand Prix aims to motivate club members to race through the summer months, especially where team, as well as individual, performance is important.
2 divisions each for men and women. Men Under 50/Over 50, Women Under 45/Over 45
15 points for first finisher down to 5 points. All finishers get at least 5 points
MidWeek League races are this years priority fixtures and will get double points. 30 max down to 10 for all.
2nd Claim Members are included when wearing Orion colours
All races count – some you have to enter yourself on-line
Key fixtures are the Chingford League and Essex League races, and especially the three traditional mob matches against Blackheath, Ranelagh, and South London Harriers. Double points are awarded for away mob matches, reflecting their key role in the club’s history.
The format of the Grand Prix has evolved over the years, and has recently been expanded to reflect the growing importance of the Essex League. Formerly the best 8 from 10 races would count. Then best 10 from 15. Current season (2015-16) best 10 from 16 count!
Top 3 runners are promoted from lower divisions. Bottom 3 (point scorers) are relegated in addition to runners who do not race at all in the season who are relegated 2 divisions.
Second claim tables are based on a smaller number of races, since many runners are representing their First Claim club in Chingford and Essex League races.