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Overall Standings Calculation

Introduction

The information below details how the overall standings are worked out and how to interpret the results.

Individual Standings

According to rule 6, the overall standings over 5 rounds are worked out using the 4 best results for each individual. The score is given using 2 numbers as follows: X (Y), for example 7 (4) or 7 (–). The individual standing X is the sum of the 4 best results. If the runner did all 5 rounds, Y is the result that has been discarded; if the runner only did 4 rounds, Y is a dash. The winner is the runner with the lowest individual standing, and so on.

The same approach is used after 2, 3 and 4 rounds to show the progress as the season develops. After 2 rounds, if the runner did both rounds, X is the better of the 2 results and the other is discarded; if the runner only did 1 round, X is the result for that round. After 3 rounds, if the runner did 3 rounds, X is the sum of the 2 best out of the 3 results and the other is discarded; if the runner only did 2 rounds, X is the sum of those 2 results. After 4 rounds, if the runner did 4 rounds, X is the sum of the 3 best out of the 4 results and the other is discarded; if the runner only did 3 rounds, X is the sum of those 3 results.

Runners who at any stage miss 2 rounds immediately fall out of the standings.

FOR EXAMPLE, after 4 rounds runner A has finished 1st, 2nd, 1st and 3rd and runner B has finished 4th, 1st, 4th and 1st. In the individual standings after 4 rounds, runner A is shown as 4 (3) and runner B is shown as 6 (4). Runner B cannot overtake runner A in round 5 even if runner A does not run in round 5 and runner B wins round 5. In this case after 5 rounds runner A would have 7 (–) with the previously discarded 3rd place needing to be used as one of the 4 best results of runner A, and runner B would have 7 (4) with the 1st place in round 5 being used as one of the best 4 results of runner B and one of the two 4th places still being discarded. So the two runners would be equal first.

Team Standings

The overall team standings are worked out more simply as no discards are allowed – so the team standings at each round are simply the sum of the team results for each club at that stage. And teams which miss a round immediately fall out of the team standings.