When was the McCain UK Challenge created?
In 2005, UK Athletics launched a new competitive structure for the outdoor season, the McCain UK Challenge. The ideas came from a group of volunteers within the sport who worked alongside UK Athletics to bring about more appropriate and meaningful competition for athletes and to elongate the season for top club athletes.
Through a combination of quality existing events as well and newly devised competitions to concentrate on building strength in depth within the specific disciplines, the branded series provided a focus for the season for Britain’s top club athletes and aspiring internationals and was introduced to create a structured pathway from the beginning of the season in May through to its end in August.
What are its objectives?
- To provide the strata of British athletes just below that of our international standard with effective, professional competition from the beginning of the season in May through to the final event in August.
- To provide wider competition opportunities and focus for the season for aspiring athletes.
- To provide quality competition for athletes who may not otherwise have the opportunity to compete against each other.
- To provide competition that covers the whole of the UK.
How does the Challenge work?
Throughout the season athletes will have the chance to register their 4 best performances and these will be converted into points. After the last event those with the best scores will be potentially crowned as one of the McCain UK Challenge Champions for 2012
How many and which events are in the Challenge?
The total of 50 events have been created through a number of existing competitions and new initiatives such as the Event Specifics. Existing competition providers have chosen to be part of this increasingly prestigious series to form a link across a number of events during the season. The events are spread across the Four Home Countries such as the Northern Ireland, Scottish and Welsh Senior Championships.
A number of well established events are also included such as the Loughborough International, CAU Championships, BIG 2012 and McCain Birmingham Games. The Aviva 2012 Trials are also included as are nearly all the fixtures in the BAL and UKWL Leagues and the BMC Nike Grands Prix.
In order for athletes to focus on their particular events there are also included Event Specific Competitions, such as the McCain JumpsFest and ThrowsFest.
As there are a number of opportunities this gives athletes every possible chance to achieve their `Fantastic Four` performances and see where this places them into the McCain UK Challenge Rankings.
How are the points calculated?
An example of how the athlete’s performances are converted into points is outlined below:
50 points 100 points 200 points 250 points
100m 11.05 10.80 10.30 10.05
1500m 3:54.00 3:49.00 3:39.00 3.34.00
Long Jump 6.70 7.10 7.90 8.30
Hammer 41.00m 51.00m 71.00m 81.00m
400m 58.75 56.75 52.75 50.75
5000m 18:10.00 17:20.00 15:40.00 14:50.00
High Jump 1.56m 1.66m 1.86m 1.96m
Shot 10.00m 12.50m 17.50m 20.00m
An athletes best 4 performances across the series (4 highest scoring performances) or commonly known as the `Fantastic Four` will be used as a basis to calculate their overall score. This point’s total, plus any bonus points, will then be used as a basis to calculate athletes final placing in the rankings.
In certain events, due to the limited number of opportunities across the Challenge, less than 4 performances will be considered with an example being the Steeplechases.
How can an athlete check their rankings?
The UK Challenge rankings are readily available and can be accessed via the link at the top of this page or by clicking here to visit the Power of 10 website. The rankings are updated after each event and an athlete’s current placing will be shown based on the scores derived from their ‘Fantastic Four’ performances. An athlete’s progress or decline in the rankings is shown by a directional arrow indicating their current status.
What do the top scorers win?
- Title of `McCain UK Challenge Champion 2012` and added to the UKC Roll of Honour.
- Prize Money, a share of approx £30,000