MABAC Running League

This page concerns the normal monthly league events, and covers running numbers and the points scoring system. It will greatly help the time-keepers and prevent errors, if we each do our bit to make sure that they have the correct information.

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Updated 19/09/2015

Reminder[April 2013]


All children under 10 must have an adult running with them, at the child's pace.

Once you have finished your run, remember others are still finishing so please keep the course and the timekeepers line of sight clear.

If you go forward of the finish line after you have finished your run, please remove your running number. Timekeepers are easily confused and if you run towards us a second time we may record you again, in which case you will be given the slower time!!

Do not take dogs round the course, and keep them on a lead in areas where runners congregate.

About the league

MABAC arranges a series of races throughout the year, particularly aimed at the fun runner. Most are cross-country events held on Sunday mornings in some beautiful parts of the Surrey countryside, and are very popular with club members and guests. As well as the senior race of just over 8 km (5 miles) there are also joggers' and junior events of about 4 km (2.5 miles). Afterwards, runners have been known to find a local pub. Other events are also held, including longer open races. See Fixture list for details

All participants

Can any runner with a medical condition please write a brief description on the back of their number, and mark the front with a cross so if anything should happen we know to look. Thank you.

Please do not wear headphones while running as you will not be able to hear if a marshall gives you an instruction!!

Courtesy to others

We continue to enjoy the use of public parks for our events with the permission of various landowners, including the Crown Estates. Other members of the public are entitled to have similar enjoyment. Please be courteous and, where necessary, alert them of your approach and do not push past

Amendment System

Results are treated as provisional for one week, during which time any any inaccuracies should be notified to Jenny Bell, MABAC Results Secretary. [Simple errors, may be emailed direct to Dave Wylie, MABAC Webmaster]. After this time the results will be final and no further changes will be entertained.

Race Numbers

Please can runners remember if they go for a cool-down, or go to support their team-members and go back onto the course, that they take off their race-number. it is very confusing for the time-keepers, as they cannot tell whether you have already been recorded. Thank You.


Running Numbers

Club Reps

Please ensure that your club has someone at each event who is responsible for giving out the numbers, and collecting them up afterwards.
The first member to arrive from each club should take the numbers and list from the time-keeper's table and find a place for their club to congregate - They should not just take their own number and leave the rest on the table, as the space is needed to give out the joggers and juniors numbers

Runners (two laps)

Please go to your club area. On your first race of the year you will be given a new number, to be used for the rest of the year. Please return your number after each race, or bring it with you to the next event (but don't forget to register).

If, before the race, you decide to do only one lap, please don't use your number, but get one from the time-keeper's table. But, on the other-hand, if you retire after one lap, make sure the time-keepers at the finish know.


Please go to the time-keeper's table, where you will be given a number for that race only

How points are scored

Senior League

Each runner earns 5 points for their club on completing the course (8 points for Windsor).

In addition, the first 6 men and 3 ladies from each club qualify for extra bonus points. Since there are 12 clubs in the league, the maximum number of qualifying runners is 104. However, not all clubs always field a full complement of qualifiers. In each race, the first one home receives, in addition to the 5 points, a bonus equivalent to the number of qualifiers in that race. So the number of points received by the winner will vary. Subsequent qualifiers will each receive one fewer point than the previous one, so that the last qualifier will earn a total of 6 points. A complicated system, but designed to balance quantity with quality. Have a look at a recent result to see how it works.

Joggers, walkers, and runners retiring after the first lap, each receive 2 points (no bonuses)

Junior League

With the Juniors, each runner receives 2 points. Then the first 6 runners from each club (regardless of gender) receive bonus points. The Juniors are handicapped by age and gender which is worked out before the points are allocated.

Guidelines on How Not to Upset the Results Secretary!!

  • New numbers will be issued each calendar year.  Each runner will be allocated a number, which will be their number for the whole year.  At the first event of the year that a runner attends, check the list to see if a new number has been allocated, before issuing the new number.

  • New runners without an allocated number should be issued with the next available number.  Write the full name clearly, and indicate whether a man (M) or lady (F) runner in the appropriate column.

  • Please tick the appropriate event on the club list, for each participant.

  • If a runner takes their number away with them, please ensure they bring it to the next event they attend, and check on the list that it is the current, correct number.

  • If a number is missing DO NOT ISSUE A NEW NUMBER.  SEND THE RUNNER TO THE RESULTS SECRETARY FOR A DUPLICATE.  Duplicate numbers written in ordinary pen cannot be read so ensure you come for one written in marker pen.

  • The club representative should collect the numbers at the end of the event and return them to the results secretary, with the club sheet.

  • If a runner drops out after one lap they should still come through the finish funnel. They should inform the number-takers at the end of the funnel they have only run one lap and they will be awarded joggers points.

  • When you have finished your run please be aware that others will still be finishing, so do not obstruct the course or the line of sight of the timekeepers.

  • Do not take dogs round the course, even if you are walking.  Please keep dogs on a lead in the area where runners congregate.

  • Runners under 16 can only run the short course.  They must have a junior number from the results secretary, and an adult at the event to take responsibility for them.  Under 10’s must be accompanied by an adult around the course, running at the child’s pace.  If you bring more than one child under 10 and they run at different speeds, they must each have an accompanying adult.