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Senior Series 2019

We are pleased to announce details for the Triathlon England South East (TESE) Region Club Senior Series for 2019, which features new races and an updated scoring system to recognise the performances of athletes of all ages.

TESE Senior Series 2019

Date Published: December 2018

 

We are pleased to announce details for the Triathlon England South East (TESE) Region Club Senior Series for 2019. The series will follow an updated format, with five new events plus Southwater Relays as the club season finale. The 2019 Senior Series will comprise one duathlon, one pool sprint triathlon, two open water sprint triathlons, one standard distance triathlon and one relay event, from around the region and spread throughout the season from February to September.

The Senior Series now comprises five team competitions and consists of 6 events from across the South East region, with the best club team score from 3 events counting, except the ‘mob’ competition where all six events count. The inaugural Overall Club Championship will see athlete’s times adjusted according to age-group to level the playing field. Combining both male and female results, the Overall Club Championship serves as the ultimate test of a clubs strength in depth. As our most prestigious award, winners of this age-graded championship will earn the right to be declared overall club champions of the South East.  

The events are:

 

Event

Date

Website

Gravesend Winter Duathlon (race distance)

Sunday 10th Februrary 2019

 

www.bridgetriathlon.co.uk

 

 

East Grinstead Sprint Triathlon

 

Sunday 12th May 2019

 

 www.egtri.com/race

 

Thorpe Park Sprint Triathlon

 

Sunday 9th June 2019

 

 

www.triproject.co.uk

 

Leeds Castle Standard Triathlon

 

Sunday 30th June 2019

 

https://triathlon.leeds-castle.com/home

Bewl SprintTriathlon

 

Sunday 5th August 2019

 

www.bewltriathlon.co.uk

Southwater Relays

 

Sunday 1st September 2019

 

 

www.horshamamphibians.co.uk

 

 

What’s on offer?

Athletes who represent their clubs in the TESE Senior Series will score points in the following competitions:

Overall Club Championship – For the club with the fastest mixed gender team after results have been adjusted for age.

Best male team – For the club with the fastest men’s team.

Best female team – For the club with the fastest women’s team.

Best mixed team– For the fastest club when points in the male and female championships are combined.

The Mob – For the club with the best attendance.

 

How does my club enter the Senior Series?

All TESE affiliated clubs can enter the Senior Series by sending an email to chair@triathlonenglandsoutheast.org containing your club name, club contact details, your name and your position within your club.  

There is no registration fee. Please nominate a club co-ordinator when registering your club and please encourage your triathletes to wear club team kit when racing in the Senior Series, to promote and advertise TESE clubs.

 

How do individual club members enter the races in the Senior Series?

Members from each club must enter the races as individuals under their club name and pay their own entry fee. Please enter events early to avoid disappointment when they sell-out. Please take care to enter the correct event, as some have more than one distance on offer.

If the club name is not included so it appears on the results, no time will be recorded towards the Senior Series. Please ensure your entry includes your club details before the event. There will be no opportunity to retrospectively add your club after the event and there is no right of appeal if your club name is not shown on the results. Triathletes must be paid up club members and can only race for one TESE Club in any calendar year.

 

What is the scoring system for the Female, Male and Mixed team series?

Female and male results sheets are scored separately. For the female and male competitions, the last placed athlete picks up 1 point, the second last 2 points, and so on all the way up to the winner.

The total points scored by the three highest placed finishers from each club gives the total points score for a team. The winning team is the one with the highest score. New for this year, clubs with less than three triathletes may still score points albeit less than might have been scored with a full team.  

Points towards each competition in the Senior Series will be awarded to clubs after each race, with the first place team scoring 50 points, second place 40 points, and so on as follows:

1st:   50                 6th : 20

2nd :  40               7th : 18

3rd :  32                8th : 16

4th :  26                9th : 14

5th :   22               10th : 12

Eleventh and below all score 10 points.

In the event of a tie on points at the end of the Senior Series for any team competition, the winner will be the team which scored the most points at the relay event. If there is still a tie the winning team will be the one which scored the highest in the mob.

NOTE: The scoring for the Southwater relays will be based on a clubs fastest male relay team and fastest female relay team for the male and female competitions respectively.

 

What is the scoring system for the Mob competition?

Each triathlete completing any of the six events will score one point and the mob club winner will be the club with the highest aggregate score.

 

What is the scoring system for the Overall Club Championships?

Athletes are classified as belonging to one of 4 age groups, U40 (Senior), 40-49 (Veteran), 50-59 (Super Veteran), 60+ (Vintage).

Athlete’s times are adjusted according to an age-weighting. Athlete’s times (in seconds) are multiplied by the age-weighting of their age-group for the male and female results separately. Result sheets are then reordered to produce age-adjusted results, with more senior athletes advancing up the table to varying degrees based on age-group.

The age-weightings for the 2019 series are as follows:

 

 

U40

40-49

50-59

60+

Male

1

0.970481

0.930807

0.844814

Female

1

0.976569

0.918337

0.817655

 

As before, the last placed athlete is assigned one point, the second last two points and so on up to the age-adjusted winner. 50 points will be assigned to the winning male team and 50 points to the winning female team and so on as previously described. Finally, male and female points are added together. Thus the maximum score from any event in the overall championship is 100.

NOTE: The age-weighting applied to vets teams at the Southwater relays will be half way between the 40-49 age-weighting and the 50-59 age-weighting for each gender.

 

How did you calculate the age-weighting?

We analysed results from the past four years of age-group sprint distance triathlon World and European championships. Age-weightings were calculated by dividing the mean time of the top 5 athletes in the U40 category by the mean time of the top 5 athletes in each age-group, averaged across 16 internationals (8 male, 8 female). The age-weighting is a best estimate of how ageing impacts performance in age-group triathlon, and provides the basis for times to be adjusted accordingly.

If you love the numbers, a full excel spreadsheet is available here: weighting-function.xlsx

 

Results and Senior Series standings

Senior Series and Mob Match rankings will appear on TESE website following each event. You can also follow the series on our new dedicated Facebook page

In the event of any disputes, the TESE Committee’s decision will be final.

If you have any questions regarding South East Senior Series or wish to join, please contact David Pearson at pearsondrp@gmail.com or send a message through the facebook page. 

We hope you will enjoy representing your club in the Senior Series and welcome any feedback.

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