2020 Kent Grand Prix
After an incredibly successful 2019 in the Kent Grand Prix, attention now turns towards this years. The first race in the Kent Grand Prix this year is the Canterbury 10 Mile Road Race on the 26th of January. This race and especially the next race in Tunbridge wells on the 16th of February can sell out quickly as its used by the south of England as a pre-spring marathon training run.
Last year Thanet Roadrunners AC men’s and ladies did fantastically as a team in this league, will be competing as a team again this year as well as individuals against the top runners and teams in Kent.
This is how it works:
• Our club is affiliated and will be automatically entered.
• You will need to be over 17, a member of our club and wear our official race vest to be automatically entered for our team and as an individual.
• If you are an affiliated member of EA it will populate Thanet roadrunners when entering races using your unique number.
• If you are unaffiliated you will need to ensure the results have you confirmed as a Thanet Roadrunner. Inform your captain if it’s not.
• You will be competing as an individual against all the Kent runners. i.e. runners from outside the area are only in the race for their own gain.
• You will then score as a male 100 points for first place down to 1 point for the 100th Kent athlete crossing the finish. Similarly, Ladies from 50 to 1 point.
• You will also score in your age group we are familiar racing with. MV40 20 points for 1st age down to 1 for 20th. All other ages are 10 points for 1st 1 point for 10th. FV55 is the only category with just 5 points available.
• Just to complicate it more; Only your best 6 out of the 10 grand prix events will count. (however, getting in the way of runners in all events drops your competitors’ advantage!)
• As a team our top 6 men and top 4 Ladies within the top 100 Kent male runners and top 50 Ladies are added to our scores in a men’s and ladies’ team league. (however, we don’t only require 6/4 runners as all of us will be trying to get in the top 100/50 and stop other Kent runners scoring)
• As a team in the league our top 8 performances in the events will be used to form a complete score. (however, competing in more will stop other teams scoring in their 8 events)
The races for the 2020 Kent Grand Prix are now listed on the KCAA website. We have selected 7 of these races to go towards the club championships which are:
Sunday 26th Jan – Canterbury 10
Sunday 16th February – Tunbridge Wells Half Marathon
Friday 8th May- Ted Pepper 10k Sunday Sunday 14th June – High Elms 10
Sunday 12th or 19th TBC July- Sevenoaks 7 Sunday
Sunday 4th October- Sittingbourne 10m Sunday 11th October – Tonbridge Half Marathon
Please see the club championships criteria on our website. We will hope to form a team at the remaining 3 events to assist our team score. One of these events is our Marathon that will hopefully attract some of our runners to score well also.
Chris Brenchley team captain.