League guidelines

This page concerns the normal monthly league events, and covers running numbers and the points scoring system. It will greatly help the time-keepers and prevent errors, if we each do our bit to make sure that they have the correct information.

Important Items

All children under 10 must have an adult running with them, at the child’s pace. Runners under 16 can only run the short course. They must have a junior number from the results secretary, and an adult at the event to take responsibility for them. Under 10’s must be accompanied by an adult around the course, running at the child’s pace. If you bring more than one child under 10 and they run at different speeds, they must each have an accompanying adult.

Do not take dogs round the course, keep them on a lead in areas where runners congregate. We do not allow dogs on the course, we have a duty of care for the runners safety.

Once you have finished your run please remove Number or unclip top two pins … remember others are still finishing so please keep the course and the timekeepers line of sight clear. If you go forward of the finish line after you have finished your run, please remove your running number. Timekeepers are easily confused and if you run towards us a second time we may record you again, in which case you will be given the slower time!!

Any runner with a medical condition – please write a brief description on the back of their number, and mark the front with a cross so if anything should happen we know to look. If receiving ongoing medication. Please contact the onsite medics if unsure.

Mabac does not allow head phones – Please do not wear headphones while running as you will not be able to hear if a marshall gives you an instruction!!

Courtesy to others

We continue to enjoy the use of public parks for our events with the permission of various landowners, including the Crown Estates. Other members of the public are entitled to have similar enjoyment. Please be courteous and, where necessary, alert them of your approach and do not push past

Amendment System

Results are treated as provisional for one week, during which time any any inaccuracies should be notified to Jenny Bell, MABAC Results Secretary. After this time the results will be final and no further changes will be entertained.

Race Numbers

Please can runners remember if they go for a cool-down, or go to support their team-members and go back onto the course, that they take off their race-number. it is very confusing for the time-keepers, as they cannot tell whether you have already been recorded. Thank You.

Please ensure that your club has someone at each event who is responsible for giving out the numbers, and collecting them up afterwards.
The first member to arrive from each club should take the numbers and list from the time-keeper’s table and find a place for their club to congregate – They should not just take their own number and leave the rest on the table, as the space is needed to give out the joggers and juniors numbers

Runners (two laps)

Please go to your club area. On your first race of the year you will be given a new number, to be used for the rest of the year. Please return your number after each race, or bring it with you to the next event (but don’t forget to register).

If, before the race, you decide to do only one lap, Please go to the time-keeper’s table, where you will be given a number for that race only please don’t use your number, but get one from the time-keeper’s table. But, on the other-hand, if you retire after one lap, make sure the time-keepers at the finish know.

Running Numbers – Club Reps

New numbers will be issued each calendar year. Each runner will be allocated a number, which will be their number for the whole year. At the first event of the year that a runner attends, check the list to see if a new number has been allocated, before issuing the new number.

New runners without an allocated number should be issued with the next available number. Write the full name clearly, and indicate whether a man (M) or lady (F) runner in the appropriate column.

Please tick the appropriate event on the club list, for each participant.

If a runner takes their number away with them, please ensure they bring it to the next event they attend, and check on the list that it is the current, correct number.

If a number is missing DO NOT ISSUE A NEW NUMBER. SEND THE RUNNER TO THE RESULTS SECRETARY FOR A DUPLICATE. Duplicate numbers written in ordinary pen cannot be read so ensure you come for one written in marker pen.

The club representative should collect the numbers at the end of the event and return them to the results secretary, with the club sheet.

If a runner drops out after one lap they should still come through the finish funnel. They should inform the number-takers at the end of the funnel they have only run one lap and they will be awarded joggers points.

Point scoring

How points are scored – Senior League

The way points are allocated for senior runners may seem strange, even obscure. This is my attempt to make the system simpler to understand.

Consider all runners as falling into 2 categories; ‘Scorers’ and ‘Non-scorers’. For each club, the combined team of the first 5 men and first 5 women in that club are in the Scorer category. (If any club doesn’t have at least 5 men and 5 women, they lose the advantage of 1 or more Scorer.) Now, put all of these Scorers from all clubs in a list, in order of finishing. The runner at the bottom of the list is allocated 1 bonus point, next one up two bonus points and so on to the top of the list. To put it another way, each Scoring runner is allocated bonus points equal to the number of Scoring runners below him/her, +1. Note that the points for the runner at the top of the list is not constant, it varies according to the number of runners present at each event. Having done that, add 5 (or 8) points, to represent the number of miles run, to every runner, Scorer or Non-scorer. This gives the final total of points for each runner..

Joggers, walkers, and runners retiring after the first lap, each receive 2 points (no bonuses)