The aim of the Shakespeare Competition is to provide friendly rivalry throughout the year by a series of competitive races, held on the first Wednesday of every month.
Club members (usually in pairs) volunteer to organise the races themselves, and provide information via email or the noticeboard at least two weeks in advance (date, venue, start time, route description and/or map if possible and parking arrangements if necessary).
To encourage members to volunteer, additional points are allocated to race organisers. If you are interested in organising a race in the future, please speak to any member of the race committee.
The races may start from the Sports Club, but usually they are based from a local pub with food being provided afterwards. This ensures a range of different routes and provides an excellent post-race social occasion. To cover costs, an entry fee will be charged (currently £3 per race).
The new structure means that age points are no longer awarded but there are still additional points to be won by playing your joker. Playing your joker doubles any points you win in that particular race. Choosing which race to play your joker is your choice, but to maximise your points it will depend on your level of fitness and who else has turned up, and you must tell the race organiser before the start!
Only your best seven races count towards the competition
We also organise an annual inter-club race with Leamington Spa and Kenilworth and to encourage members to take part, these races are always incorporated into our list of Shakespeare Races. When we are not hosting, these races will probably not be on the first Wednesday of the month so they provide an additional race in our calendar.
There are separate league tables for men and women with prizes to be awarded for the top three in each league. Separately, there are age group leagues with a prize for the winner of each age group. The first three overall are not eligible for age group prizes.
2021 race dates
- January – Virtual
- February – Virtual
- March – Virtual
- April – TBD
- May – TBD
- June – TBD
- July – TBD
- August – TBD
- September – TBD
- October – TBD
Virtual Race Rules
- Each race will be run over two weeks and will include two weekends.
- Your result must be submitted inside the final deadline, not just the run completed. Please only submit one result per person per month.
- Results MUST be submitted to firstname.lastname@example.org, not through any other media.
- There will be NO jokers for virtual races.
- Winning points will start at 100 rather than 50 .
- Race results will be posted on the website and emailed out. Once they are posted you will be given a deadline to check your result and make any queries, after which it will stand.
- Your race should not be run over a net downhill route. Your race finish point should be no more than 15 feet lower than your start point. Your result will not be accepted if the elevation drop significantly exceeds this. If you find it difficult to check prospective routes, do a circular route or an out and back finishing where you started.
- Distances will be “equalised” by the result team, but should be as close as possible. See below for more detail on how this is done. Under distance of more than 2% will not be accepted, you should always try and run slightly over distance if possible.
- You can record your race time by any means, and the run can be on any terrain, including a treadmill. Your run must be continuous and in the spirit of racing – elapsed time only will count.
- All running must be completed within the relevant current laws and guidelines for Covid 19 and social distancing.
Time Adjustments for over or under distance runs
Race entrants should always plan to run the full race distance, and whenever possible, slightly further than the requirement to allow for any GPS and or route planning inaccuracies that can and do occur.
The distance run will always be recorded to the nearest 2 decimal places available in either kilometres or miles (whichever is visible to the results team). Where a time is submitted for a distance further than the requirement, the race time will be reduced on a pro-rata basis. Short distances will only be accepted if they are within 3% of the required total distance. Runners must not plan to run less than the required distance. Results submitted that are more than 3% short of the required distance will not be accepted. It is noteworthy that 5k race distances require 3.11 miles to be submitted, and 10k race distances 6.22 miles, therefore submissions of 3.10 or 6.20 miles will have time added to them.
Where a race is for a target time duration (e.g. “Not the Track hour”), submissions with a time less than the requirement will not have any distance added. Durations beyond the time limit will have the distance reduced pro-rata.
Route Elevation Guidance
No time adjustments are made for the level of undulation or other variable conditions of any competitors route. This is due the subjectivity of such methods, and it would also exclude those running without GPS running trackers. We do however, apply route elevation rules to the Shakespeare race for 2 reasons. Firstly, it ensures fairness by eliminating any potential advantage gained by competitors running significantly downhill courses. Secondly, where the Shakespeare race mirrors other popular virtual events in that month, as the race committee try to do, (e.g. England Athletics virtual events and Warwickshire Road league) competitors will race on a route that is likely to be submissible for both events.
Routes should not have more than 15 feet of net elevation decrease between the start and finish points. The amount of undulation along the route has no impact on the result acceptability (flatter routes are generally the fastest!). Routes that are not a loop or an out and back will be subject to elevation loss checks. Where adjudication is required, Strava route planner will be used to validate the elevation loss for the chosen route. Routes with more than 15 feet of net elevation loss may not be accepted.
The Shakespeare races will not have requirements regarding the proximity of start and finish points, or a minimum distance per lap but it should be noted that other virtual races may, and as such local rules should always be checked if you are planning on submitting your result for another event (for example early 2021 EA events require start and finish points to be within 200 meters of one another).