Club Championship

We hold two club championships each year, one for running and one for Triathlon.

 

Details and rules for both are as follows;

2019 Club Championship

Running

The Club Running Championship is an annual event, comprising 10 events, 3 each at 10k, 10m and 1/2 Marathon, plus one Mystery Event which changes from year to year (we have done the Cliffe Woods 5 and the Sevenoaks 7 since this was introduced).

The races are mainly in Kent, with the occasional excursion into Sussex or Essex. Points are scored in two ways – firstly by finishing position, and secondly by earning bonus points if a personal best is achieved.

There are five categories in the Championship:

  • Ladies
  • Senior Men (Up to 39 yrs old)
  • Male Vets (40 – 49 yrs old)
  • Male Supervets (50 – 59 yrs old)
  • Male Extra Supervets (60+)

The full rules are detailed below.

2019 Championship Events

  • Canterbury 10 – Sunday 27th Jan
  • Deal Half Marathon – Sunday 10th February
  • Paddock Wood Half Marathon – Sunday 7th April (Kent Long Course Champs – All categories)
  • Darenth Valley 10k – Sunday 12th May
  • Sevenoaks 7 – Sunday 14th July
  • Dartford 10k – Monday 26th August
  • Kent Coastal Half marathon – Sunday 1st September
  • Larkfield 10k – Sunday 15th September (Kent Short Course Champs – All categories)
  • Sittingbourne 10 miles – Sunday 6th October
  • Ashford 10 miles – Sunday 27th October

Details of the 2020 Club Championship will be confirmed once the events for the Grand Prix have also been confirmed.

Triathlon

The Club Triathlon Championship is an annual event, comprising 6 events, plus one wildcard event of the athletes choosing, which must be a Kent based event. There is a mixture of pool based and open water events, and a mixture of distances.

The races are mainly in Kent, with the occasional excursion into other counties.

 

The full rules will be detailed below very soon, if you have any queries please contact the club on maidstoneharriers@hotmail.com and your query will be passed to our triathlon captain.

2019 Triathlon Championship Events

  • East Grinstead (Sprint/Pool)  – 12 May
  • Eton Dorney (Sprint/Open Water) – 18/19 May
  • Leeds Castle (Standard/Open Water) – 30 June
  • Ocean Lake Triathlon (Sprint/Open Water) – 14 July
  • Bewl Water (Sprint/Open Water) – 4 August
  • Oysterman (Sprint/Sea) – 25 August
  • 1 Wildcard (Kent only) results of which must be submitted before the end of September

The full rules are as follows:

Running

Categories

  • There are five categories within the Club Championship: Ladies, Senior Men, Male Veterans (40+), Male Super-Veterans (50+) and Male Extra-Super Veterans (60+).
  • The category within which a runner competes is decided for the year based on the runner’s gender and age on the date of the first club championship race they complete in the year.
    The runner then remains in that group for the whole of the calendar year.
  • The Ladies category is split into an A and a B division, based on recent performances, and is subject to review each year.

 

Scoring

  • The scoring system is the same in all divisions.
  • The first runner home in each division receives 25 points, the second 24 and so on down to 5.
  • All runners who complete a Club Championship event will receive at least 5 points.
  • Bonus points are awarded for setting a personal best: 3 points for setting that personal best, plus an extra point for each full minute under a previous personal best, up to a maximum of 7 minutes.
  • A personal best is defined as the best time set since 1st January in the last three years, so for 2020, that means since 01/01/2017.
  • Where available, positions within races are decided by chip times. Where these are not available, gun times will be used. In the event of individual chip errors, those individuals will have their times based on the most reliable time available.
  • There are ten races a year, at least three at each of 10K, 10 miles and Half marathon distance. Runners count their best SIX scores from these races towards their overall totals.

 

New members

  • When a lady new member takes part in her first race, she will be placed in the A division if she beats at least one runner from that division; otherwise, she will go into the B division.
  • The same rule will apply to more established club members who take a break from club championship races and then return.

 

Aging up

  • Where a runner is due to age up in the course of a year, they will compete in the age bracket for which they qualify in the first race they complete. Thus, a runner who turns 50 on 1st February would compete for the year as a Vet if they did a Club Championship race in January, or a Supervet if they did not do their first club championship race until on or after 1st February.

 

Eligibility

  • All club members who take part in a designated club championship race will be awarded points for that race.
  • All points awarded for races between the AGM and 30th June are provisional, pending the runner paying the following year’s subscription.
  • A member whose subscription remains unpaid after 30th June will be ineligible to receive points for any races after that date, until the subscription is paid in full. In the event that a member scores points for a race and then leaves either by design or default, those points will remain with that runner until the end of the year.

Triathlon

 

Triathlon rules are being updated and will be published soon.