2019 Kirkstall Harriers Trail Championship

There are 11 races on the 2020 calendar. Your best 6 results will count as your championship score. You will receive at least 1 point for every race you complete.

First Place = 50 points

Second Place = 49 points

Third Place = 48 points

Fourth Place = 47 points

Fifth Place = 46 points

Sixth Place = 45 points

Seventh Place = 44 points

Eighth Place = 43 points

Ninth Place = 42 points

Tenth Place = 41 point



So for instance – the runner who comes first will receive 10 points going towards their 5 scores in the League. Coming  tenth or more will score 1 point for attendance.


In addition to these races there are other ways you can increase your championship points total. See Below


Trail Club Championship – Explanation and Rules

How The Trail Championship Works:


We list 12 races within the year in which you can gain championship points (see the “2019 Races” page).

Points Award

You get points based on your performance in the championship races compared to a predicted finish time which is calculated from your Runbritain handicap. The handicap is calculated by Runbritain and based on your race results.

The Club Championship is a way to support other local clubs and advertise Kirkstall Harriers by having as many members at these races as possible. Please act accordingly, you are a representative at the club & Kirkstall Harriers is seen as one of the most friendly clubs in Leeds. The races are normally cheap and in the surrounding area. Look out for Facebook updates as to when entries open and results!

Points are firstly awarded as follows:

Your predicted finishing time for an event shall be determined from your Runbritain handicap and a “difficulty factor” for the event. The runner who performs best compared to their calculated finishing time will be awarded +50 points. The second best gets +49 points and so on down to +1 point. All finishers will get 1 point By default for turning up.

An example:

Tim has a Runbritain handicap of 6.6 and he runs in the Ilkley Moor Fell Race which is championship race and rated as 4.4 difficulty. Tim’s calculated finishing time is 44:32. Jane runs in the same race and her handicap is 16 and her calculated finish time is 56:19. Tim finishes in 44:22 (10s better than predicted) and Jane finishes in 56:09 (also 10s better than predicted). As a percentage, Tim has bettered his predicted time by 0.36% and Jane has bettered hers by 0.3% so Tim gets higher points for his better performance in percentage terms.

Handicaps will be downloaded from the Runbritain web site before each race.

To see your handicap, just create a login on the Runbritain web site by following the link below:

Runbritain Rankings

New Members with no Runbritain Handicap and Out of date Handicap

Until you have recorded some results and obtained a handicap on the Runbritain web site, you will be given a temporary handicap based on your performance in the championship races. If you have been away from running for a long period of time and not taken part in any events, your handicap will become unrepresentative of your running ability. In these cases, you will be given a more fair handicap by the administrators of the championship.

League Table:

The league table lists all those who have participated in the championship within the year by their points total. Their total is the points tally for their best  6 scores from the races completed in the year. If a runner has done more than 5 races, only their best 6 scores plus bonuses will be combined to get their total.


All Championship entrants must be fully paid up Kirkstall Harriers club members. You will not get any points if you have not paid your subs – simple! (Subs become due in February each year after the club AGM)

The Trail Championship will be held over 12 races. Your final Championship position will be based on your 6 best scores plus bonuses. The winner will be announced at the end of year or at the AGM. The trail championship year runs from 01 January to the date of the last race in the trail championship calendar.

When entering races please ensure you indicate that you are a Kirkstall Harriers club member or you will not get points in the championship if you do not appear in the race results as a Kirkstall Harrier.

The minimum requirement of races to obtain an end of year ranking is 1.


The following Score will replace your lowest score provided you have done the minimum of 3 races.

The long distance trail replacement score is a flat 50 points for completion of any trail race of greater than 20 miles (32km) – examples include the Rombalds Stride, the 3 Peaks Race, Blubberhouses 25, the Round Ripon Ultra, as well as numerous Hardmoors off-road marathons and the Yorkshireman marathon at Haworth.  This will count in your overall score as one of your 6 top scores, or as an additional score if 4 or fewer races have been completed.  ie it counts in your best 6 scores, not as an additional 7th score.

The Following Bonus Points are additional to your final league score.

The Relay Score is a 25 point bonus for taking part in a Kirkstall Club relay, be that Calderdale Way, Leeds Country Way or any other organised relay events in the year.

In the event of a tie for one of the three top places, the runner with the most points excluding bonuses wins. If it is still a tie after this, then the runner who has completed the most championship races in the season wins.

The Trail Championship Administrator’s decision is final. Please speak to Simon Boardman  (simonboardman at gmail dot com) if you have any queries, or email us at kirkstallharriers@googlemail.com

Happy muddy running!