Grand Prix 2017/18 Season

The Ethos

The Ethos of The Grand Prix is to encourage participation of Club members in mainly local races in order to win individual & team prizes therefore heightening the profile of the Club in the local and surrounding areas which in turn will attract more members in order to continue and indeed improve the future success of The Club.

2017/18 Season

This Season The GP will run from 1st November 2017 to 31st October 2018 and will consist of 17 rounds with the best 8 rounds for each member counting.


The prizes for both men and women will be:

1st £50.00 cash & 12 months FREE Club membership.

2nd £30.00 Cash.

3rd £20.00 Cash

Rules & Scoring

  1. You can only score points in the 17 races. The individuals best of 8 from 17 count.
  2. The top 20 Vale athletes in each race will score the following points; 1st = 20, 2nd = 19, 3rd = 18 etc regardless of their race finishing position in the open event. This is separate for Male and Females.
  3. Anyone not wearing a VoAAC Vest will not have any Grand Prix points for that race.
  4. You score 2 bonus points for making the top 3 of the open event in your category e.g. Senior Men, Senior Women, Vet (35/40/45/50/55/60) or junior (U17/20/23) but only when the age categories are recognised as prizes in the Open event.
  5. 5 Bonus points will be awarded to ALL participants for each Vale of Aylesbury AC team that places 1st in any open event. 3 Bonus points to ALL participants for each Vale of Aylesbury AC team that places 2nd and 1 Bonus point for 3rd. These team points only count if the Open event recognises the team awards. You must finish the Open event to qualify!
  6. Age Graded bonus points. 5, 3 and 1 points to the 1st, 2nd and 3rd best age graded performances at each event in both categories using WMA age-grading calculator 2006 (updated 2010 ).
  7. 2nd claim members are eligible for the VoAAC Road Race Grand Prix. However to claim 'Team bonus points' in an individual race the 2nd claim member must have entered as VoAAC and run in a VoAAC vest. Otherwise there are no restrictions.
  8. Jokers - Every member will be given 2 Jokers. These will earn double for ALL points scored at the event where played. A minimum of 24 hours notice is to being given to the Grand Prix Secretary. A Joker can only be placed after the preceding Round has finished (Except Round 1 which can be placed any time prior to the event and Paper Races*).
  9. You CANNOT play a Joker when leading the Grand Prix!
  10. It is the Individuals responsibility to inform the GP Secretary of when they wish to play their Jokers.
  11. In the event of a draw for 1st, 2nd or 3rd places at the end of the Season the winner will be determined by least races run. If still equal then amalgamated times of the best scoring 8 races with the lowest time winning.
  12. Awards will be presented at the Awards Night of 2018 to both winners.
  13. You can only score points in the 17 Grand Prix races listed above.

'Paper Races' Explained

  • A competitor's PB (where used chip time will be applicable) for the GP season 2017/18 will be ranked accordingly to determine individual points and age graded bonus points.
  • Joker bonus points* - Should you wish to play one of your Jokers on either or both of your 'Paper Races' then it must be declared before you compete in your first race of that round, whether that turns out to be your Seasons best with-in the round will not matter as far as the round is concerned you have played a Joker.
  • Joker team bonus points - Should the VoAAC win any team prizes at ANY 'Paper Race' you compete in then ALL those bonus points will be included in your 'Paper Race'.
  • Whilst every effort is made to collate all 'Paper Race' results it is ultimately the individual competitor who is responsible in supply results to the GP Secretary.
  • With the Oxford Mota-vation series the best average pace for 4 miles from the individual’s best race of 5 shall be used to calculate their best performance.
  • If still not clear then please ask the GP Secretary.



Andrew Rolt GP Secretary