Grand Prix

Many thanks to John ROSS for his fantastic efforts in previous years with the Grand Prix. He’s done such a grand job that we’ve allowed him to be in charge again for the 2019 series! Club vests need to be worn for all Grand Prix races, except for the Pastures parkrun. A total of your six best WAVA scores will count towards your overall total from the following four groups:

1-Alnwick parkrun. Your club vest does not need to be worn for this event. Last counting run will be December 7, 2019.

2-Up to 10k. The best 2 WAVA scores from the following races will count:

Blyth 10k

Druridge Bay 10k

Blaydon Race

Bridge of Tyne 5 miles

Morpeth 10k

Hexham 10k (This is the Run Northumberland race, on 27th October 2019)

3-Endurance. The best 2 WAVA scores from the following races:

Any Marathon

Sunderland Half Marathon

Coquet (Rothbury) Half Marathon

Great North Run

RAF Spadeadham Half (please note, this has replaced the Haltwhistle Half)

Brampton to Carlisle 10 miles

Northumberland 10 miles

4-Off Road. The best WAVA score from the following races will count:

Thornley Hall Farm, Peterlee (North Eastern Harrier League)

George Ogle Memorial Race

Alwinton Show Fell Race

Anne Allan Memorial Race

Club Trip (TBC)

Any queries please contact John at


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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