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Winter Competition

The SAMA winter competition is held each Saturday at various venues in the parklands around Adelaide, from April to September 2017. The first competition this year will be on Saturday 22 April 2017. SAMA is also hosting the AMA 20km Walks Championships for the three years 2016-2018.

In the lead-up to the 2017 AMA Track & Field Championships in Darwin, SAMA held an additional track & field competition day on Saturday 27 May 2017 at SA Athletics Stadium.

The SAMA Winter Program is available to download. Maps are available for most of the courses.

Details of the next Winter event are shown below, and the upcoming SAMA winter competitions are also listed in the Calendar.

All are welcome to take part in our weekly walks and runs. Come 20 minutes before your event to register. Bring a mug for tea/coffee afterwards. Only SAMA members are eligible to win prizes on the days indicated in the Program.

The State Age Group Championships for each of the Winter events are held throughout the season. NB. Only registered SAMA members are eligible for placing in State Age Group Championships events. The dates for all Championships are listed in the Winter Program and in the Calendar.
This year for the first time a separate SAMA Half-Marathon Championships will not be held, and instead for 2017, the Athlete's Foot Greenbelt Half Marathon to be held on Sunday 30 April 2017 will be regarded as the SAMA Championships (please refer to the SARRC events website for further details about the Greenbelt event, including how to enter).

Other innovations for 2017 are that we will try a couple of Sunday morning events, and we will also use the Lochiel parkrun for two Saturdays (a 5km run or walk). It would be great if members who run/walk at the parkruns could wear their SAMA uniforms to promote our club.
While the Lochiel parkrun is shown on our program and we encourage members to attend that venue (wearing the SAMA uniform if possible), we also encourage members who cannot make that venue to enter their local parkrun and send results to John Hore and we will compile overall results.

Remember before taking part in your first parkrun you have to register free of charge with parkrun (at www.parkrun.com.au/register), and obtain a bar code so that your time is recorded. Further details about the parkrun can be found via the Lochiel parkrun website.

Scratch v handicap races

About half the race walks and runs during the season are conducted using predetermined handicaps, with the remainder held as scratch races, which include the State Age-Group Championship events. The Winter Program shows the dates for each of the scratch (highlighted in grey) and handicap weeks.

There will be a single clock start time for all distances of runs and walks, but the start time for a particular event will be determined on the basis of the likely slowest competitor finishing at 3.15pm.

For scratch races (ie. everyone starting at the same time) there will be a precise start time advertised for each particular event, as shown in Winter Program and also listed in the Calendar.

For handicap races each person's handicap will be adjusted so that all competitors finish at the same time (approx. 3.15pm). However, there will be an advertised approximate start time for each type of event, which will take into account these modified handicaps (as shown in the table below). From 17 June 2017, SAMA will publish a listing of all those who have competed during the winter season to show their precise start time, which will be available by the Thursday morning preceding each handicapped race date.

Please note that the following applies to all races:

Next Winter Event

Saturday 1 July - competition will be at Peacock Road (Adelaide Harriers Club Rooms), and will include the 15km SAMA State Championships Walk at 1.00pm.
The support races are Scratch as follows: 1.45pm: 10km walk; 2.11pm: 10km run; 2.38pm: 4km run; 2.48pm: 4km walk; 3.00pm: 2km run; 1km run. Walks / runs will both use the anti-clockwise walkers' course.

Upcoming Winter Events

Winter season competitions during July 2017 are as follows:

Saturday 1 July - competition will be at Peacock Road (Adelaide Harriers Club Rooms), and will include the 15km SAMA State Championships Walk at 1.00pm.
The support races are Scratch as follows: 1.45pm: 10km walk; 2.11pm: 10km run; 2.38pm: 4km run; 2.48pm: 4km walk; 3.00pm: 2km run; 1km run. Walks / runs will both use the anti-clockwise walkers' course.

Saturday 8 July - competition will be at West Beach Carpark (end of Barcoo Road).10km walk/run; 5km walk/run; 2.5km run; 1km run. All Yacht handicap, and expected start times for each event are available as described below. Beach run if possible.

Sunday 16 July - competition will be at Peacock Road (Adelaide Harriers Club Rooms). All races are scratch - NB. Sunday - early start times 8.00am: 15km, 10km & 5km walks; 8.30am: 15km, 10km, 5km & 2.5km runs. Clockwise runners' course.

Saturday 22 July - competition will be at Felixstow Carpark (cnr Briar Rd & Riverside Drive).8km walk/run; 4km walk/run; 1km run. All Yacht handicap, and expected start times for each event are available as described below. Prizes to be won!

Saturday 29 July - competition will be at East Terrace (Cnr Wakefield St & East Tce), and will include the 8km SAMA State Champs Cross-country Run at 2.15pm.
The support races are Scratch as follows:1.45pm: 10km walk; 2.26pm: 5km walk; 2.48pm: 4km CC run; 3.00pm: 2km CC run; 3.09pm: 1km path run.

What time to arrive to compete in Saturday competition.

For scratch weeks (including Championships) there will be precise start times advertised for each event. Arrive at least 20 minutes beforehand for check-in etc.

For handicap weeks, SAMA will publish a listing of all those who have competed during the winter season. This will be found by clicking on the upcoming date in the Results page on the web site, and will be available by the Thursday morning preceding each handicapped race date.

For each person, the list will show their individual start times for the various distances that they may be interested in doing that week. Remember this start time is designed to have everyone finish at 3.15pm.

Times shown on the listing are your estimated performance time, your start time on the SAMA clock and your actual start time shown as time of day. This will enable you to turn up for your race at least 20 minutes before your start time, but avoid unnecessary hanging around by arriving too early.

For those who are not included on the list (ie. have not taken part in the current winter season) the following approximate start times will apply on handicap weeks.

1500m run, 2km run

3.00pm

2.5km run, 3km run, 3km walk

2.45pm

4km run, 4km walk

2.30pm

5km run, 5km walk, 6km run, 6km walk, 8km run

2.15pm

10km run, 12km run, 8km walk

2.00pm

10km walk

1.45pm

12km walk

1.30pm

The race clock is started each week to satisfy the 3.15pm finish for the race with the likely slowest competitor in it, and all handicaps work from that clock – hence the handicap times for the shorter runs may be over an hour.

Upon checking-in, the computer calculates for each individual a handicapped start time, which accounts for their individual handicap for that race (zero for a scratch race) plus the approximate start time for the particular race, determined from the estimated time for the likely slowest competitor.

Each competitor then starts when the race clock shows the handicapped start time allocated to them by the computer.

However, this can be easily calculated as follows. Apart from the scratch races, to find out your individual start time: