By: Michael Mostert
The 2019 Time Trial League kicks off on Thursday the 24th January 2019 @ 18h00 at the best athletic club, which is none other than Stella of course. We would love a big turnout in the Stella Kit for the different categories: senior men, veteran men, master’s men, Junior men, Junior women, Senior women and mixed walkers . The Stella mixed walkers team won the title in 2018 thanks to the participation of some dedicated ladies and gents. We plan on keeping the trophy in 2019 and expect some serious competition from the other clubs this year.
The cost to participate in the League is R25.00 which covers all the time trial league fixtures for the year, which is good value for money. At an average of R2.50 per time trial, who needs Black Friday with a deal like this?
What we have emphasised to the Walkers who were daunted about time trial league is that it is all about team work. No matter how slow you may be, everyone is welcome. We exercise camaraderie, encouragement, and most of all team spirit and fun. Ladies and walkers do 4 or 5 km and men do 8 km (Ladies 8km option is still being been debated subject to vote and consensus from each club on how many ladies are keen to do the 8km. Please let me know so we can get the ball rolling).
So how do the points work? The finishing times of the first 4 club members in each category are added together and the best time gets the points followed by the 2nd best time and so forth….
If you don’t have a full team of 4, then the last finisher’s time is added. For example if Stella only has 2 senior men running at a time trial event, their times are added together and the times of the last runner home (twice). I know it’s not ideal but it does happen when we don’t have enough members running.
The first 4 runners/walkers over the finish line is calculated as Stella A the next 4 home are Stella B etc. So it doesn’t matter if one Time Trial fixture you finish 8th and the next you finish 3rd. There is no definite A or B team. As I mentioned we are one Stella team.
Feel free to ask me any questions and I will my best to answer them.
Looking forward to see more Stella vests at the time trial league in 2019
Stella Stars time trial team rocks!
Dedicated to team spirit,