What is the Omnium

We have borrowed the term from track cycling, which see cyclists take on a range of different events, in a best all rounder style competition. We are very excited to be bringing the format into the running world, in a fun and friendly event which is open to everyone, just like all our events.

Runners will take part in four to five events, usually all on one day, and they are awarded points based on their finishing position; 1 point for first, 10 points for tenth etc. The overall standings are based on cumulative points, with the lowest score finishing first overall. All events are given equal weight, so a consistent and measured performance across the events is key. We will also be introducing slightly lower age restrictions on the Endurance events (as this is not a UK Athletics affiliated event), so this could be a great leveller between young speedy runners who will gain a lot of points on the Sprint, and the runners with more stamina who will pick up more points in the longer distance events.

We will have an array of different event types on offer and each Omnium competition will pick four or five different events from the total range of events we devise which you will know when you sign up. We will intentionally keep the details of each specific event secret until the week of the event so there can be limited specific training, though we will give away hints on social media about what might be involved. For example, one event category will be Sprint and you will know if your Omnium competition contains a Sprint event or not when you sign up. A sprint event will be a flat run in the range of 100m - 400m. Precisely how many metres will be covered in that particular Omnium will be revealed the week of the event. 

(The Omnium event is similar, but different, to our existing Mini Challenge (5km + 10km + Half Marathon times) or Challenge (10km + Half Marathon + Marathon times) events which sees people take part in multiple events on multiple days with a final standings produced by cumulative time.)


An event for everyone

The beauty of the Omnium is that all events are given equal weight, so a consistent and measured performance across the events is key. We will also be introducing slightly lower age restrictions on the Endurance events (as this is not a UK Athletics affiliated event), so this could be a great leveller between young speedy runners who will gain a lot of points on the Sprint, and the more experienced  runners with more stamina who will pick up more points on the Endurance runs.

Regardless of your pace or ability, this really is an event for everyone. Our vision is to have the run route of each event lined with those runners who are not taking part at that particular moment, ringing cow bells, cheering every single runner across the line. 


Event Format

The shorter duration events, eg Sprint, Hill Climb, Middle Distance, will see groups (Waves) of runners taking part in different events at the same time. You will select your wave when you register. For example;

Wave 1: 13:00 - Sprint, 14:00 -  Hill Climb, 15:00 - Middle Distance

Wave 2: 13:00 - Hill Climb, 14:00 - Middle Distance, 15:00 - Sprint

Wave 3: 13:00 - Middle Distance, 14:00 - Sprint, 15:00 - Hill Climb. 

Endurance - All waves at 16:00. 

The shorter events will be work from an individual time trail format, eg one runner at a time setting off at fixed intervals. Once everyone has completed an event then the waves rotate to the next event. The final event will be the Endurance event which sees everyone compete together. Results and cumulative points and standings will be posted live to our website during the events, subject to good internet coverage. 


Omnium Event Categories and Descriptions

Sprint - a flat(ish) run of between 100m and 400m in length

Hill Climb - a vertical height gain of between 30m and 50m, roughly 500m in length

Middle distance - a flat(ish) run of between 800m and 2km

Endurance - a trail run between 5km and half marathon (All distance options open to all. For events with multiple Endurance distances on offer, a different final classification will be produced under names Bronze, Silver or Gold Omnium. For example 5km is Bronze, 10km is Silver, Half Marathon is Gold Omnium)

Obstacle race - obstacles to go over and under, water jumps, balance beams, cargo nets (no upper body challenges) over roughly a 1km distance

Orienteering - set out and visit as many checkpoints in a set time period, for example 20 minutes, points penalties for being out too long. More points for the more distant/harder to find check points. 

Naked running - not what you are thinking.....predict your finish time for a certain distance, the closer you are to your prediction the better your finish position. No watches, phones, GPS allowed....that's the naked bit. You can't run naked.