PECO XC 2024 round up

29th February 2024

PECO XC has been wrapped up for 2024; below is an individual and team summary across the 5 events. I have also tried to summarise, how the points are scored and results created. I hope this also emphasises how everyone can contribute to the team results and each finisher makes a difference, no matter whether you complete 1 or all 5 of the races.



The Men’s Team currently sits in the 2nd division. We finished 4th/11. Each year 2 teams get promoted to the 1st division. Horsforth Harriers were the class of the division coming 1st in all 5 events. We had a great start at Middleton Park in round 1 with a 2nd place finish, while we came 4th and 5th in all of the remaining races. It was great that we had a full contingent of 7 or more finishers at each of the races. In races 1, 2 and 3 there was 33 places or less between us and the nearest team, which shows how close we were to 3rd overall.

How does the scoring work?

In Division 2, at each race, the top 7 results count from each team, the positions of these 7 are accumulated and the club with the lowest score will get 1 point (ie first). If a club only had 6 finishers the 7th person would be allocated last position plus 1 (ie if there were 300 in the race they would be allocated a position of 301) and thus having at least 7 finishers is key to consistency. The points for each race are then added together (see table below) and the team with the lowest total will top the league. You will also see below that our total was the same as Vale of York AC; in the case of a tie the top 7 positions of each race are totalled across the 5 races.

The Men’s Vets team sits in the 1st division. We finished 7th/14. Each year 2 teams get promoted to the Premier division. Chapel Allerton were the class of the division coming 1st in all 5 events. Our best result was in round 5 at Roundhay, where we came 4th. It was a good scrap between 4th and 9th as the teams swapped positions across the 5 races.

How does the scoring work?

In the 1st division Vets categories, at each race, the points are added by taking the best position of a 65+ person, the best position of a 55+ person, the best position of a 45+ person, the best 2 positions of 35+ people. As with the main team category if a club does not have someone in a category the missing person would be allocated last position plus 1. The points for each race are then added together (see table below) and the team with the lowest total will top the league. For the first 2 races we had a full compliment, but in races 3-5 we didn’t have anyone in the 65+ category.

The Women’s Team currently sits in the 2nd division. We finished 7th/11. Each year 2 teams get promoted to the 1st division. York Postal Harriers were the class of the division coming 1st in 4 of the 5 events. We peaked at Roundhay in race 5, where we came 4th and we were not far from 5th overall. This coincided with the race where we had the most women finishes (5), whereas in race 2 we only had 2 women finishers and came 9th. It would be great to get a full contingent in 2025.

How does the scoring work?

The only difference to the Men’s 2nd Division is that the first 6 women count (as opposed to 7 for the men).

The Women’s Vets team sits in the 1st division. We finished 5th/14. Each year 2 teams get promoted to the Premier division. Nidd Valley(!) were the class of the division coming 1st in 4 of the 5 events. Our best result was in round 3 at West Park, where we came 1st!! We were so close to 4th overall, being pipped by Kippax Harriers on countback and only 135 places across all 5 events, so only 23 places per race or less than 5 places per person! We generally had a good mix of ages on the women’s side, although no one in the 65+ category.

How does the scoring work?

This is identical to the Men’s Vets 1st division

In the Women’s individual competition, we had 5 different entries. Paula completed all 5 events, Nicola, and Kat completed 4 events, while Sarah and Sima completed 3 events. (Olivia also completed 1 event as a “non counting guest”). A summary of the results are below. All 5 of our ladies came top 20 in their categories. The individual highlight was Sima’s 2nd place in her category in Race 2 @ Temple Newsome.

How is the overall position calculated?

For each race the person coming first will get 500 points. (Now bear with me here!) As an example is there are 100 in the race the 100th person would get 500/100 (5) points, so 2nd place would get 500-5 (495) points, with 3rd getting 500-5-5 (490) points; if there was 250 in the race the 250th person would get 500/250 (2) points and 2nd would get 500-2 (498) points, with 3rd getting 500-2-2 (496) points. You then take your best 4 scores out of the 5 races, so the maximum score you can get is 2,000, so to get your best finish you would need to complete at least 4 races.

In the Men’s individual competition, we had 23 different entries. Craig, Guy and Steve E completed all 5 events, Derek D, Ewan and Pete completed 4 events, while Andrew H, Andrew T and Gabriel completed 3 events. A summary of the results are below. We had 4 men who top 10s in their category in a race so well done to Steve E, Ewan, Derek C and James. In fact Ewan came 4th overall in his category and Steve E came 5th in his. A big well done to Craig, who also came 45th man overall.

In addition to the team and individual competitions there is one last trophy, which looks at how much the clubs have improved from last season. On this metric we came 4th/24 teams and I feel that this is a great way to end this report. It is great to see the high level of participation. PECO is always a good time to gather as a club in all kinds of weather, often under the gazebo and wading through mud for a common cause. That’s all for 23/24 and I look forward to reporting on it next year.

Report by James Rockall