The Friday 5 is a popular series of 5 mile races held on Friday evenings between May and July, across Suffolk and Essex. The races are always family friendly and are a great way to spend a summers evening. Prizes are awarded to individuals and teams at each race, and also for the series as a whole (based on a points system). Most Friday 5 events also have junior races but at present these aren’t included in the series.
The following rules apply to each of the races comprising the Friday 5 series, as agreed by all organising clubs.
- All Friday 5 races are open to affiliated and non-affiliated runners, providing they meet the minimum age requirement of 15 years.
- Prizes will be awarded at each race, according to the age categories below. For the purposes of each race as a standalone event, age categories will be determined by the age on race day.
- All organising clubs will charge a uniform amount each across the series (to be set at the annual meeting).
- Current club vest must be worn by all entries claiming club membership and price reduction.
- All events will be run under UK:Athletics rules.
- All IPODS or similar ear type devices are fully banned across the series as a matter of runners and officials safety. Entrants caught wearing such during the race will be disqualified by the race referee.
- Women: U20F, Open, FM35, FM40, FM45, FM50, FM55, FM60, FM65+
- Men: U20M, Open, MM40, MM45, MM50, MM55, MM60, MM65, MM70+
Runners are responsible for checking their own information in the race results e.g., that they are in the correct gender category, allocated to the right affiliated club, and that their name has been spelt correctly and in a consistent manner throughout the series (e.g., William vs Bill). Please notify the RACE ORGANISERS of any corrections that need to be made to the race results by the Monday immediately after the race (i.e., 3 days) so that they can be corrected before the series results are calculated. The series results will be calculated and published by the Wednesday immediately after the race, and corrections CANNOT be made after this point.
Series scoring – Individuals
- Series medals and category prizes will be awarded to runners who have competed in a minimum of 4 races.
- For the purposes of series scoring, a runners age category will be determined by their age on the date of the first race in the series and will not change during the series.
- Points will be awarded to each individual based on where they finished in their respective category.
- Scoring will start at 200 for first, then 199 for second etc etc down to zero i.e., the first person in each category will get 200 points, the second in each category will get 199.
- The best 4 out of 6 race scores will count towards the series total.
- In the event of a tiebreak situation in the top 3 runners of a category, the runner who finished ahead in the most races (when both runners were competing) will take the higher overall finish position. If the tiebreak cannot be resolved in this way, the runners will be awarded a joint finish position e.g., joint 1st with nobody finishing 2nd.
Series scoring - Teams
- Only teams affiliated to UK:Athletics will be eligible for team prizes. Scoring will only be applied to runners representing an eligible team i.e., non-eligible runners will be removed from the finishing list before scores are applied.
- Three team competitions will run throughout the series – Men, Ladies and Overall.
- Points will be awarded to each eligible individual based on where they finished in their gender.
- Scoring will start at 500 for first in each gender category i.e., the first male will get 500 points and the first female will also get 500 points. The second male and second female will then get 499 each etc etc.
- The team scores for each race will be the combined scores of the first 5 men and 5 women. Incomplete teams will still receive a score based on the runners who do compete.
- The overall team score will be the combined total of the men and ladies teams.
- The best 4 of 6 races are used for final result.
- In the event of a tiebreak situation, a joint finish position will be awarded e.g., joint 1st with nobody finishing 2nd.
Series medals and trophies will be presented at the Ipswich Jaffa Ekiden Relay which follows a few weeks after the last race. Runners and teams are responsible for collecting their medals or making arrangements for them to be collected on their behalf.