The SWRL will be overseen and run by Executive Committee to be elected each year at the League AGM.
Following the initial meeting held at Rhyd y Car Leisure Centre in Merthyr Tydfil on Wednesday 26th February 2014 the following committee was put in place to over see the first year of the League, the first open elections will be held at the AGM to be held on a date to be arranged in 2015.
Chairman Richie Gardiner (Aberdare Valley AAC)
Vice Chairman Daniel Bodman (Aberdare Valley AAC)
Secretary Dominic Shields (San Domenico RC)
Treasurer Steve Lewis (Merthyr RC)
Each member club can be represented at each meeting by a maximum of 2 members.
The league will be called the South Wales Running League.
The South Wales Region as defined by Welsh Athletics
The league’s aim is to promote inter-club competition for clubs within the catchment area.
The organisation of the league is vested in a committee that comprises:
In addition each member club is invited to provide at least one but no more than two representatives to sit on the committee.
The committee will meet at a suitably convenient central location at least six times a year.
The AGM will be held each February. The AGM will be open to all athletes from all clubs in the catchment area.
Each member club will pay a fee as decided by the committee following advice from the League Treasurer. This will allow any number of their athletes to compete in any number of the league races.
A competition season will comprise at least six races with at least three being road races and at least three being off-road (Cross country, fell or trail). The scoring system is as described in the rules for competition. Member clubs will be encouraged to host a race in rotation.
Team and individual awards will be made at the end of each season. The scope and number of awards will be decided by the committee.
J R Aston – February 2014 Revised 30/03/2014
RULES FOR COMPETITION
A competition season will comprise at least six races with at least three being road races and at least three being off-road (Cross country, fell or trail). The races will be run under UK Athletics Rules.
The competition season will normally start in March and conclude in the following January.
There will be separate scores for both men and women.
The match points scored will be based on the number of starters in the race. If there are 100 starters, the athlete finishing first will score 100 points, the second athlete will score 99 points and so on.
In the men’s competition the points scored by the first 6 finishers for each team will be added together.
League points will be allocated as follows:
the team scoring the highest number of match points will score 15 points; the second team 14 and so on. In the
event of a tie all tied teams will score the same league points.
In the women’s competition the match point total will be the sum of the first 4 finishers. The allocation of league points will be as described above.
Any number of athletes from member clubs may take part but only the first 6 (or 4) will count in any race.
If the number of competing clubs warrants, the league may be split into divisions. Promotion and demotion between the divisions will be decided by the organising committee.
Clubs must fall within the league catchment area.
Clubs must be affiliated to Welsh Athletics.
Athletes must be full paid-up first claim members of their club.
Members of clubs outside the catchment area may compete on payment of a race fee decided by the league treasurer. These guests will not be allocated points (see Scoring above).
An athlete may compete for only one team during a season.
Awards will be made at the end of each season.
These will be for (but not limited to):
Leading teams – the male and female teams with the highest cumulative number of league points from all races in the season
Leading man – the male athlete with the highest cumulative number of match points
Leading woman - the female athlete with the highest cumulative number of match points
Awards for subsequent teams and individuals and age groups will be decided by the committee.
J R Aston – February 2014 Revised 30/03/2014
Team Scoring Explained
1. If there are 100 athletes in the race the winner will get 100 MATCH points, the person who is last will get 1 point (Guests don't score).
2. Six athletes score per male team and Four athletes score per female team (so if one team has the first 6 athletes they will get 100+99+98+97+96+95 = 585 MATCH points).
3. The team with the most MATCH points wins the match.
4. If required teams will be split into Divisions.
5. The team with the most MATCH points will get 15 LEAGUE points, the team that is second will get 14 LEAGUE points etc.
6. League positions are determined by who has the most LEAGUE points.
7. If two teams have the same number of LEAGUE points, the team with the most number of MATCH POINTS gains the higher League position.