The Sandilands Cup rewards Striders for representing the club in team cross country events. The idea is that all Striders have a reasonable chance of winning the Cup. You need to run at least 6 of the 11 races listed in the table below and if you run them well by your own standards then you will do well in the Sandilands Cup.
Update : this has now become a ‘6 out of 10 race’ Cup. We only recently had confirmation that both the Helen Furze memorial mobmatch at Nonsuch parkrun and the first South of Thames race are taking place on the same day (26th November). We didn’t want to be in a situation where we were ‘rewarding’ runners for putting the South of Thames race ahead of the memorial match.
Races in the 2016/17 Sandilands Cup
Switchback (21 points for helping) 25th September
East Surrey League – Lloyd Park
Surrey League cross country – 1
Surrey League cross country – 2
Men – 12th November / Women – 3rd Decmeber
London champs – Parliament Hill
South of Thames – 1 – Ham Lands
South of Thames – 2 – Beckenham Place Park
Surrey County Championships – Lloyd Park
7th January 2017
Surrey League cross country – 3
14th January 2017
Southerns – Parliament Hill
28th January 2017
Surrey League cross country (21 points for helping) – 4
11th February 2017
Team place bonus points
These categories have been created by taking into account the runner’s recent performances and their record in cross country races.
New runners will be given a category after their first Sandilands cup race (but can score 1 point in their first race if they place in the team).
Runners may be re-categorised after the 3rd Sandilands Cup Race to prevent someone benefiting from being mis-categorised.
Team place bonus point list to appear shortly.
1. 20 points –
For each runner finishing or helping to marshal a Sandilands Cup Race.
2. 1 bonus point –
For each runner finishing or helping to marshal a Surrey League cross country race
3. 1 bonus point
For any man who finishes in a race where less than 11 Striders men finish, or woman who finishes in a race where less than 5 Striders women finish.
4. 1 bonus point
For the any Strider who finishes in a better placing than their placing in the comparable race of last season.
– Surrey League men – overall finishing place among both division 3 and division 4 runners, compared to division 2 last season
– Surrey League women – overall finishing place among both division 1 and division 2 runners
– Other races are just on gender placings – i.e. what place the runner finished among runners of their own gender
5. ‘Team place’ bonus points
The ‘team’ is considered to be the first 11 men in Surrey League races and the first 7 men in all other races, and the first 6 women in Surrey League races and the first 4 women in all other races.
If the runner finishes within the ‘team’ then they score the bonus points according to the chart. For example Lee Flangan would score 1 point, whereas Kevin Burnett would score 10 points
Each runner’s total score is calculated by taking their 6 best Sandilands Cup race scores from the 11 Sandilands Cup races.
The Sandilands Cup is open to the following runners
· All paid up – First claim members of Striders of Croydon, who to scores points should where possible enter the races stating their club as Striders of Croydon and ideally run wearing some form of Club Kit.
· All paid up – Second Claim members of Striders of Croydon, who enter as Striders of Croydon and wear Club Kit.
Winner of the Sandilands Cup
The winner of the Sandilands Cup will be the runner(s) whose sum of points gained in their best 6 Sandilands Cup races is the greatest. If more than one runner finishes on equal points the Sandilands Cup will be shared. Trophies will be awarded to the first three places, and presented at the Striders of Croydon A.G.M.