Parkrun Challenge Cup

A knock-out competition in which runners are randomly drawn against each other in a head-to-head competition at Folkestone parkrun.

There are two competitions:

Rules

The competition administators are:

  • Tim Warren
  • Darren Crew

Contact the administers via challengecup@folkestonerunning.club.

Entry

To compete in the Challenge Cup, you must:

  • be a current paid up member of the club
  • have set a time at Folkestone parkrun in 2019
  • register for a free parkrun account.

The competition administrators will announce the opening of the entry window in January. The entry window closes once 64 runners have claimed places.

The entry window for the 2020 competition has closed.

B Cup entry

B cup places will automatically be assigned to those knocked out in round 1 of the A cup.

Should any runners decline their place in the B cup the available spaces will be offered via email and the club’s closed Facebook group on a first-come-first-served basis.

Draw

Runners will be randomly drawn against their round 1 opponents by the competition administrators.

Prospective ties for the B cup will drawn at the same time.

The 2020 draw was held on 15 January 2020.

Racing

Runners will arrange the dates of their own ties and inform the competition administrators.

Runs can only take place at Folkestone parkrun and both runners should set their times on the same event.

Split dates

In the event that a date cannot be mutually agreed, runners may set their times over separate events. However dates must be set in advance and submitted to the competition administrators.

Once a runner has set a time, their opponent must stick to their agreed date, even if the conditions are unfavourable, or risk forfeit.

For this reason, runners should endeavour where possible to run the same event as their opponent.

Withdrawing

Should a runner withdraw from the competition, the administrators will remedy the tie in the following order:

  1. reinstate the runner previously knocked out by the withdrawer
  2. offer the place to a runner on the reserve list
  3. give the remaining competitor a bye.

Scoring points

Each runner will race against their own target time with their score representing their performance against it.

For example, your target time is 0:30:00. On race day you:

  • match it – your score is 100
  • run 0:28:30 (5% faster) – your score is 105
  • run 0:31:30 (5% slower) – your score is 95

The runner with the highest point score, not the fastest time, is the winner.

  • your seasons best Folkestone parkrun time plus 30 seconds
  • your average Folkestone parkrun time plus 30 seconds.

If you beat your time target, your offial round time will be your new target time.

Non-competition Folkestone parkruns have no effect on your score.

Results

Results will be calculated by the race administrators as soon as possible on each Saturday where a race takes place.

Results are posted on this webpage, the club’s closed Facebook group and on the club’s physical notice board.