Grand-prix

The Grand-prix is a year-long competition members can choose to compete in.

Competitors score points at various scheduled events around Kent: your final score is the sum of your best 6 events, plus any bonus points.

Contact grandprix@folkestonerunning.club with any questions.


Standings

First update: 27 December 2019

Division 1

2 relegated

Division 2

2 promoted, 2 relegated

Division 3

2 promoted, 2 relegated

Division 4

2 promoted, 2 relegated

Division 5

2 promoted, 4 relegated

Division 6

4 promoted

Calendar

December 26, 2019
January 26, 2020
February 2, 2020
  • Grand-prix: Ashford and District 10k

    Start time: 10:30 am

    Towers School & Sixth Form Centre, Faversham Rd, Kennington, Ashford TN24 9AL, UK

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April 10, 2020
  • Grand-prix: Folkestone 10 mile (volunteer event)

    Start time: 11:00 am

    The Green, 17 St Nicholas Rd, Hythe CT21 6JQ, UK

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May 1, 2020
  • Grand-prix: Hythe Round The Houses (volunteer event) Date TBC

    Start time: 12:00 am

May 31, 2020
  • Grand-prix: Folkestone 10k

    Start time: 10:00 am

    Coastal Park, near Leas Cliff Lift lower station, Folkestone, Kent CT20 1PS

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July 7, 2020
August 23, 2020
  • Grand-prix: Mount Ephraim 10k (time tbc)

    Start time: 10:00 am

    Mount Ephraim Gardens, Staple St, Faversham ME13 9TX, UK

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September 1, 2020
September 27, 2020
October 11, 2020
  • Grand-prix: Ashford Givaudan 10k (time tbc)

    Start time: 10:30 am

    Julie Rose Stadium, 1864a Willesborough Rd, Kennington, Ashford TN24 9QX, UK

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November 1, 2020
  • Grand-prix: Deal Castle 5 mile

    Start time: 10:30 am

    Deal Sea Scout Hut, Marine Road, Deal, Nr Deal Castle, Kent, CT14 7DN

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Rules

Each member is placed in a division with competitors of similar ability.

The top 2 runners in each division (top 4 in division 6) will be promoted to the next division. The bottom 2 runners in each division (bottom 4 in division 5) will be relegated to the proceeding division.

The promotion and relegation system will be reviewed in early 2020. Any change will be announced in advance of the club’s Annual General Meeting in February.

Prizes for the division winners are awarded at the end-of-year dinner.

Races

There are 16 events in the grand-prix:

  • 10 scheduled races
  • 4 ‘best time’ events
  • 2 volunteering events.

The ‘best time’ events must be run January 1 to November 31. The events are:

  • Folkestone parkrun
  • any 10K
  • any half-marathon
  • any marathon.

Runners can also score 5 bonus points for each Kent Cross Country league or championship event, up to a maximum of 25 points.

Some scheduled events may include minimum age limits which result in members unable to compete in specific events.

If an event is cancelled the Committee reserve the right to select an alternate race.

Scoring points

To score points in an event, runners must:

  • be a current club member with fees paid for the current season.
  • wear club colours (except Folkestone parkrun)
  • comply with all rules mandated by event organisers
  • run under their own name
  • register their club affliction with the event organiser.

Breaking rules may result in disqualification from the race and, if deemed appropriate by the club committee, the Grand-prix.

Race events

Points

1st place will score 25 points.

2nd place will score 20 points

3rd place will score 15 points

4th place will score 14 points.

Each subsequent placing will score 1 less point (13, 12, 11, so on) with 1 being the minimum possible score.

Timing

Scheduled events are scored on ‘gun’ time.

‘Best time’ events are scored on chip time (where available).

Volunteering events

Ten points will be awarded for volunteering at each of the volunteering events.

Volunteers must be registered on the chairperson’s volunteer list prior to the event.

Being selected by team captains, or by wildcard, to run in the Folkestone 10 Mile counts as volunteering.

Runners in the Folkestone 10 Mile, who do have not been selected by the captains, chair or wildcard draw, will incur a 10 point penalty.

Final scoring

Each runner’s best 6 performances from the 14 race events will be added to any volunteering points, and any cross country points for their total score. (Maximum score 195).

In the event of a tie, the 7th best event scores will be used as a tie-breaker, then 8th and 9th and so on as necessary.

Appeals

A 7 day appeal period begins after a standings update is posted to the website.

Report any issues to grandprix@folkestonerunning.club.

Mid-season changes

Should a runner resign their membership mid-season, they will be removed from the standings as soon as possible.

New members are eligible to join in their debut season, so long as they request entry before the 4th scheduled race of the season. Any Grand-prix events entered prior to joining the club will not be eligible for scoring.

Existing members will not be eligible to join midseason.

The committee retain the right to re-structure divisions during pre-season, or amend rules during mid-season to maintain competitiveness.