I think that we’re wandering a little off the original subject. All good stuff to discuss, but doesn’t help Ed and the SE Galoppen!
I notice that Philip Gristwood is still awarding points based on age class (not course) for calculating SE League points.
Results from this event are based on the new BOF classes. Provided that people run on the theoretical colour for their L or S course (or run up) they get the same points as before. Philip Gristwood - From the Eridge SE League Summary.
Obviously, to make this a workable approach, you need to have the age classes listed in the results for each colour. It should then be relatively straight forward (e.g. in a spreadsheet application like excel) to sort each colour course on class to generate a subset result for each classes. The event organisers need to include the classes in the published results - it’s not reasonable to expect Ed (or anybody else) to have to work this out themselves.
cf the mistake that I made with Bryony’s class (now corrected) in my recent news article about the British Night Champs!
If it were possible to generate galoppen tables on a similar basis to Philip’s method for the SE League, then we would get something pretty similar to what we had before. As Neil has mentioned, there would still be the anomally of people running up (i.e. which class to count them for). My suggestion for that would be to arbitarily allocate them the class on the course that runs them up the most (e.g. a M45 running brown would be allocated to M35, or W60 running short blue allocated W45, or W16 running short blue W20…etc..).
As far as small classes are concerned: “You’ve got to be in it, to win it!”.
In other words, if some of your peers chose to run up (good luck to them), or there aren’t many entered at all, then you can only compete against the competition that is available on the day. You can make your own assessment on the relative merits (or racing form) of the others in the class to validate your own result. I personaly take the view that if I’m running on the course suggested for my class by BOF or the organiser, then I should legitimately expect to get a valid result (pretty much regardless of the courses that my peers may chose to compete on - up or down).