On Saturday 6th February Carrickfergus Parkrun will be two years old. We will be having a party to mark this occasion which is also our 100th parkrun! Billy Ashe, the Mayor of Mid & East Antrim Council will attend to make presentations for this year's Annual Points Prizewinners in Male, Female and Junior categories as well as for Number of Firsts at Carrickfergus, Male/Female. Please come along for some tea and cake, and there will be some prizes for runners who embody our fancy dress theme - which is twins or partners.
Please see our website for current standings in the Carrickfergus Points Competition. http://www.parkrun.org.uk/carrickfergus/results/malepointstable/
ANNUAL POINTS COMPETITION
Points Competition Philosophy
The parkrun points system is primarily for runners. It was designed to reward running.
The results of the points competition are used to decide who the folks are who should receive recognition for their running at the end of the event's year. Each event has its own yearly cycle which is based on the week number of the month in which they started (i.e. the first running of the Event). As Carrickfergus started on the first Saturday in February, the Anniversary will always be celebrated on the 1st week of February. The anniversary then becomes the first week of the new season's point competition.
Points for volunteering were added to make it possible for folk who want to run every week of the year to not be disadvantaged when they volunteered and to encourage folks to volunteer at least 3 times a year. This points system was not adapted to reward volunteers.
How the points system works
The runners are separated into their sexes and allocated points based on the position that they finish. Each Event sets a limit on the number of points to be allocated per sex. For Carrickfergus this is 100 at the moment – it may change if we regularly got more than 250 runners.
The first woman to cross the line will receive 100 points. The second will receive 99 and this tally will reduce until each runner only gets a point. This is repeated for the men.
Volunteers are allocated maximum points on the day that they volunteer up to three times per year.
Where a parkrunner both volunteers and runs on the same day, they will receive either volunteer points or run points but not both;
• If it is the parkrunner's first, second or third volunteer occasion in the year then they will receive full volunteer points (and not the run points).
• If it is their fourth or later volunteering occasion they will receive just the run points.
Finally, Unknown Athletes are registered as male. This means that the male points are affected by the number of unknown athletes ahead of them in the event.
Volunteering points were introduced to encourage runners to take time out of their parkrun running schedule to volunteer three times a year: since most volunteer roles are not compatible with running as well, we considered it unfair and counter-productive to provide extra incentive to do both in the same week.