All change at the top of the Grand Prix table

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The second race of the runbritain Grand Prix took place at the Bupa London 10000 yesterday and changed things around at the top of the Grand Prix table.

The men's race was won by Andy Vernon (handicap -5.7) whose time of 28:38 earned him a massive 300 bonus points on top of the 250 that he gets for being first across the line. The extra 300 points were a reward for running faster than 29 minutes. The next six runners all earned themselves and extra 200 points for breaking 29:30. They were Jonny Mellor (handicap -5.5) (29:13), Luke Caldwell (handicap -5.4) (29:14), Andrew Butchart (handicap -5.9) (29:18), Scott Overall (handicap -5.6) ) (29:18), Dewi Griffiths (handicap -5.7) (29:25) and John Beattie (handicap -5.0) (29:28). John Beattie, who was 2nd on the Grand Prix table after the Vitality Reading Half Marathon will now move into first place with 793 points (349 from Reading and 444 from London). Ian Kimpton (handicap -5.3) was leading after Reading with 350 points and picked up a further 341 yesterday for his 10th position and an extra 100 bonus points for breaking 30 minutes (29:47). He will now be in 2nd place and Ben Lindsay (handicap -5.1) stays in 3rd. Ben has 248 points from Reading but had a great run yesterday and picked up 242 for 9th position and an extra 100 for breaking 30 minutes (29:38).

Jo Pavey (handicap -0.3) won the women's race yesterday and also added an extra 100 points for breaking 33 minutes (32:56) but was the only woman to gain extra points. Rebecca Murray (handicap 0.0) was second (249 points) in 33:19 and Faye Fullerton (handicap -0.2) finished 3rd in 33:27. Faye was previously 7th in the Grand Prix standings and will now move into the top position with 492 points. The other top Grand Prix women were missing from London yesterday but with the 3rd race at the Bristol 10k this coming Sunday everything could change again in both the men's and women's standings.

Grand Prix points are awarded for the first 250 finishing positions in the six races that are in the series. 250 points are awarded to the first British finisher, down to 1 point for the 250th British finisher and there are extra points available for fast times. Up to the best four scores from the six available races count at the end of the series. If the athlete scores points in less than four Grand Prix events, their best two, three or single score will count towards the final standings. Prize money totals £18,000 and is shared by the top 10 male and female British runners at the end of the series.

We hope to have the 2015 Grand Prix standings updated soon on this link.

If you finished in the top 250 men's or women's events at Reading or London you will be on the score board!

The Bupa London 10000, that was also the British 10k Championships, looks like it was the biggest race of the weekend with 11,988 finishers.

The other big races were:

Westminster Mile - 4,943 finishers

Hatfield Broad Oak 10K - 1,283 finishers

Bushy parkrun - 1,011 finishers

Newbury 10K - 768 finishers

Mull of Kintyre 10K - 523 finishers

Did you race this weekend? Although we're still waiting for some, many of the results are now out. Make sure you #clickyourclock on yours to see the % improvement of your handicap score and to be entered into the Reward Running competition for this week. Michael Healy (handicap 4.9) is currently leading with an improvement of 14.32% after running 18.08 for the Victoria parkrun on Saturday. He knocked 2.4 off the handicap score that he set the week before when he ran 18:20 at the same parkrun.

Did you improve your % score by more than this? If so, be sure to #clickyourclock before 12 o' clock tomorrow when the competition finishes for this week!