Grand-prix

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

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Standings

Last updated: 9 August 2019.
Next update: 30 September 2019

Division 1

1 champion, 2 relegations.

Division 2

Top 2 promoted, bottom 2 relegated.

Division 3

Top 2 promoted, bottom 2 relegated.

Division 4

Top 2 promoted, bottom 2 relegated.

Division 5

Top 2 promoted, bottom 4 relegated.

Division 6

Top 4 promoted.

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Calendar

December 26, 2018
January 27, 2019
February 10, 2019
  • 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 19, 2019
May 19, 2019
  • Grand-prix: Hythe Round the Houses (volunteering event)

    Start time: 10:00 am

    Hythe Pavilion, 2 South Rd, Hythe CT21 6AR, UK

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May 26, 2019
July 16, 2019
  • Grand-prix: Summer handicap

    Start time: 6:30 pm

    HSSC - Hythe and Saltwood Sailing Club, 48 Marine Parade, Hythe CT21 6AW, UK

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July 28, 2019
September 3, 2019
  • Grand-prix: The Don Thompson mile

    Start time: 7:00 pm

    Sea Point Car Park, Hythe CT21 6AQ, UK

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September 29, 2019
October 6, 2019
  • Grand-prix: Ashford Givaudan 10k

    Start time: 10:00 am

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

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November 3, 2019

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.

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

Races

There are 15 events in the Grand-prix:

  • 10 scheduled races
  • 3 ‘best time’ events
  • 2 volunteering events

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

  • Folkestone parkrun
  • Half marathon
  • Marathon

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 Committee, the Grand-prix.

Race events

1st place will score 50 points.

2nd place will score 45 points

3rd place will score 40 points

4th place will score 39 points.

Each subsequent placing will score 1 less point (38, 37, 36, etc) with 0 being the minimum possible score.

Scheduled events will be scored on ‘gun’ time, whilst ‘Best time’ events will be 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.

If you run in the Folkestone 10 Mile without being selected by the captains, or without the permission of the chairperson, you will incur a 10 point penalty.

Final scoring

Each runner’s best 6 performances from the 13 race events will be added to any volunteering points for their total score. (Maximum score 320).

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

Appeals

A 10-day appeal period begins after a Grand-prix standings update is posted to the website.

Report any issues to websitemanager@folkestonerunning.club

Mid-season changes

Should a runner resign their membership mid-season, they will be ineligible for promotion or relegation, with the next applicable member relegated or promoted in their place.

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 the midseason.

The committee retain the right to re-structure divisions during pre-season to maintain competitiveness and a minimum of 7 runners in each division.