The time taken to complete the race
How does the points system work?
To illustrate the way the points system works, let us assume that we are dealing with a male that ran in a 21.1 km league race in the veteran category and that completed the race in 2 hours and 7 minutes. If one examines the league points table, the first factor that you will take into consideration is whether the runner is male or female - there are two completely different points systems for male runners versus female runners.
The next factor to focus on, is the age category of the runner (i.e. senior, veteran, master, grand master or great grand master). As we are dealing with a male runner in the veteran category, you would refer to the "male" points table and then scroll down to the veteran section.
The third factor to take into consideration is the race distance. At the top of the table (running horizontally) is the list of distances, namely 10 km, 15 km, 21.1 km, 32 km, 42.2 km and 50 km. As the race we have used for this example is a 21.1 km, then you would
scroll down the column corresponding to the 21.1 km distance and you will find six finishing times listed.
Now our runner completed the time in 2 hours 7 minutes. As this time is slower than the 2
hours 6 minutes listed, he would receive (or rather his club would receive) two points. To get the points associated with each time listed in the points table, a runner will need to run better than the time specified. So to get the full 7 points, our runner would have had to complete the 21.1 km race in a time better than 1 hour 31
minutes 30 seconds. Clearly our runner will have to do a lot of work still to earn the club more points!