Grand Prix

The Alnwick Harriers Grand Prix committee are delighted to unveil the races that will comprise the 2017 Grand Prix! Its been compared previously to the announcement of the Tour de France route combined with the decision of the IOC on who will host the next Olympic Games.

We are pleased to say that in 2017 there will be a scintillating cocktail of old favourites, alongside some new challenges. The format remains the same with your best Druridge Bay parkrun, with 2 c10k races, 2 endurance events and one off road race.

Highlights include the return of any certified marathon (maximum one to count) in the endurance category as well as a pick of 4 Trail races on a subsidised club outing to the Helvellyn and Ullswater Trail Races (more details to follow).

The parkrun opportunity runs from January through to the end of November, with our final race being the very popular Brampton to Carlisle 10 Miler. Our first race is the Brass Monkey Half Marathon in York in January. Popular local highlights, including the Blaydon Race and the Great North Run, return to the fold and they are joined by a new venture exploring the off road trails around picturesque Felton in September!

The full list is here 2017 Grand Prix Races


Please note that some of the races are open already so get entering!!!


It uses world record information set by people of all ages, male and female.

For example the world record Marathon time for a 60 year old male is 2:38:15. If you’re a 60 year old male and run a marathon in 4:30:00 you would earn a score of 56.73%, because you ran at just over half the record pace.

Here are some more examples of what the scores would be for 40 and 42 minute times, for a 10k race, for 40 and 50 year old male and female runners:

40 min 10km

42 min 10km

Male – 40 yrs old



Female – 40 yrs old



Male – 50 yrs old



Female – 50 yrs old




The basic idea is to give everyone the same opportunity based on a performance level for your age.

The final example illustrates how the first five places of 2011’s Les Allcorn 10k would have been recorded using the handicap system.

Top 5 Alnwick Performers    Top 5 WAVA Performers

1.Mark MILLER 39.17           1. Lesley MILLER 78.00%

2. Adam SPILLER 39.29        2. Jim LILLICO 75.52%

3. Jim LILLICO 40.26            3. Sarah SYERS 70.11%

4. Graham BELL 42.12           4. Adam SPILLER 70.09%

5. Stuart MORRIS 42.23        5. Mark MILLER 68.86%

Lesley Miller’s time of 44:53 was the performance of the day and would have moved her from 8th fastest  to the highest scoring Alnwick Harrier – 78.00% in the handicap format.

Next years league will once again be calculated using your 6 best scores.

The above example also shows how important every inch of your race will be as the Handicap System has resulted in a difference of only 0.02%, between 3rd and 4th positions .

A major objective of the Grand Prix is to see as many red, black & yellow hoops as possible, promoting Alnwick Harriers on the north east roads, fells, trails and mud! Remember to gain points Harriers must enter races as an Alnwick Harrier and wear the club colours.

Racing is one of the best forms of training possible, granted that we can’t all be ‘bombing along’ at the front and the WAVA Handicap system gives you all a genuine chance to have fun and perhaps win a prize, into the bargain!

So get involved and start planning your racing calendar for 2014 now! Please note that in the unlikely event of a tie, at the end of the Grand Prix, the Committees decision is final. Regular Grand Prix updates will be provided, throughout 2014, via the website and at Willowburn.


2011 saw the first ever Alnwick Harriers Grand Prix, which took place over 14 events throughout the year. Members were split into 4 divisions, 2 male and 2 female. Points were awarded like this-10 points for 1st finisher in each division, 9 points for 2nd finisher, etc.

Winners are shown below!

Group 1 Male

Mark MILLER 76 (1st)

David HINDMARSH 63 (2nd)

Cris ATWELL 63 (3rd)

Group 2 Female

No winners

 Group 2 Male

John ROSS 70(1st)

Phil LEE 61 (2nd)

Mark DOCTOR 57 (3rd)

Group 2 Female

Lisa WILLIAMS 77 (1st)

Sue BOLAM 70 (2nd)

Anne ALLAN 68 (3rd) 


Many thanks to John ROSS for organising the 2012 Grand Prix which used the WAVA system for the first time! Congratulations to Jim LILLICO for his victory. Final results are here:

Final 2012 Grand Prix Standings.


Well done to everyone for taking part in 2013’s Grand Prix series. Races were held over distances from 5k to half marathon, whilst there were also opportunities to gain extra WAVA points with your best Parkrun, 2 best marathons and even more bonus points for taking part in more than 9 counting races. Well done to Dave HINDMARSH for his last minute victory! Final results are here:

Final 2013 Grand Prix Standings


Well done once again to John ROSS for sorting out the 2014 Grand Prix series and collating all the results. He is doing a grand job! Many congratulations to the runaway 2014 winner Phil HEMSLEY!

Final 2014 Alnwick Harriers Grand Prix Standings


As always many thanks to John ROSS for doing a superb job all year. Well done to the runaway winner Lesley MILLER!!!

Final 2015 Grand Prix Standings

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