A complete team consists of 4 runners for men and 3 for ladies. An incomplete team which has one runner short (ie 3 men or 2 ladies) may still score, with the missing runner's score being substituted by the position after the last same sex runner in the race. If a club has no runners or more than 1 short of a team they are considered a "no show" for that race, and will score one worse than if they had been last team in the league, with race score set to 10 points over the last finishing club team in that league.
Each club may field A and B teams in the league, if they have so affiliated. The A team consists of the first runners for that club over the line, and when the A team is complete, the leading runners remaining will form the B team. Large clubs may choose to affiliate a C team, D team, etc. on the same principle, all to compete in the B league.
Race Points (RC) are the way the teams positions are decided in each race. So in the case of the men, by adding up the finishing positions of the 4 runners, relative to all league clubs*. For example a team with runners 1st, 2nd, 5th, 6th has a score of 14 race points. The team with lowest numeric score is the winning team. If incomplete it could be 1st, 2nd, 5th+ 150th = 158 (RC) - this score will be highlighted in the league tables. For ladies the same but allowing for one less team member.
The League Score (LG) is scored as follows: the 1st team in the
Complete teams are scored first, with incomplete teams score the positions behind the last complete team. This is to ensure that an incomplete team does not score ahead of a complete one.
No-show teams score the maximum score of the total number of teams in their league plus one. For example, if there are 10 teams the no shows would score 11 points. The race points for a no-show team will be the highest points score amongst the competing teams (including any incomplete teams), plus 10 points.
Menís team leagues are currently decided on the best 9 races from the series, the Ladies' teams on the best 8 (from 12). Note that the Isle of Wight race has in the past been counted as a mandatory fixture but this is not the case for the current season Ė i.e.. if it is one of the worst scores for any club it can be dropped like any other race.
The league shows the score once the worst scores are removed, after the minimum number of races have been run.
The League is run under UKA Rules and under normal road running rules. To be eligible to score for the team, the runner has to be a FIRST CLAIM runner of the MEMBER club and CANNOT BE SECOND CLAIM, even if their first claim club is not part of the league (unless their club is not affiliated to the UKA, then they would be eligible).
Runners transferring between clubs must go through the recognised transfer system and score only for their eligible official club at the time of the race.
Runners transferring clubs during the season will have their cumulative individual league score shown under their current club - i.e. individual points are transferred with them.
The league champion is the team with lowest LG score after worst race scores are removed. If there is a tie it comes down to RC points and then, if there is still a tie, the team with the most 1st places , then seconds etc. until the teams can be separated.
Relegation: the 2 teams at the bottom of each league division (other than the bottom division) will be relegated and if there are teams tying the positions will decided by the same method as above.
Promotion: the top 2 teams in each league division (apart from the top division) will be promoted to the next level, and again all positions are decided as per champions.
Since 2008 there have been 3 divisions in the A league and 2 divisions in the B league. There is no promotion or relegation between the A and B leagues.
Due to popular request, all HRRL club runners are now counted in the individual leagues, whether counted as part of the club team or not. Their score is calculated as the percentage of same sex HRRL runners in the race that the individual runner is ahead of. All runners that are not league club runners are removed from the scoring before this is calculated. So, the first HRRL man and lady in the race each score 100, and the last will score 0. A runner exactly halfway down the field of HRRL runners will score 50, and so on.
To win the championship the average of the best 7 scores for ladies and men are taken over the season and will be highlighted from the 7th race onwards. A special prize is awarded for the highest average achieved over all races (i.e. all races counting).
The old individual scoring system (until 2007-8, counting all runners in the race, whether with league clubs or not) brought to light some anomolies due to the random influence of runners from outside the league. For example, if a league runner participates in a race that attracts many good runners from outside the league, their individual, and to a lesser extent, team scoring, will be impacted inconsistently compared with other races, and with other league runners who may for any reason drop that race instead of another one. This new scoring was introduced in January 2009 and, after Ryde, applied retrospectively to the start of the season.