CLASSES

Class and Prize categories

A team’s class is automatically assigned based on the details of each team member provided during the online entry process such as age and gender. The age of the oldest team member determines exactly which category the team is entered in – NB ages will be as of on the Saturday of the event.

The different classes are:

  • Male Teams Category (All male teams)
  • Female Teams Category (All female teams)
  • Mixed Category (All mixed-gender teams)

There are prizes for the winners and the runners up of each category for each course plus a prize for the veteran winners in each category for each course. The veteran winners are determined based on the veterans’ handicap.

There are also bonus prizes for the teams with the first U23 Male, first U23 Female, first U18 Male and first U18 Female for every course.

Prizes are made available by our sponsor KONG RUNNING. Thank you!

We have also agreed an exciting partnership with the Saucony Bjorkliden Artic Mountain Marathon (BAMM) in Lapland, Sweden. The BAMM is one of the oldest races in the world and takes place in the Swedish mountains, above the Artic circle on the 6/7th August 2021. The BAMM team have been so kind to provide a free entry with accommodation to one (team) of our 2021 Kong Mountain Marathon course / class winners. The lucky winners will be decided at the prize giving on Sunday after the race. Similarly we will welcome a Swedish Team to our 2021 Kong Mountain Marathon. 

The veterans’ handicap and how it is calculated

Veterans’ results, based on a handicapping system, are calculated for all courses. The handicap is calculated from the age of the oldest team member, and women are given an additional handicap equivalent to 10 years.

This is how the percentage handicap is calculated:

  • A team is eligible for a handicap if both members are 45 or older on the Saturday of the event. This applies to both men and women
  • To calculate the handicap, ten years is added to the age of women and then the greater of the team’s two ages is used as the handicap age
  • The handicap percentage is then calculated as 1% for every year over 45.
  • Here are some examples:
    • A team of two men aged 50 and 55 has a 10% handicap
    • A team of a man aged 55 and a woman aged 50 has a 15% handicap
    • A team of a man aged 55 and a woman aged 44 is NOT eligible
    • A team of two men aged 40 and 70 is NOT eligible

This is how the percentage handicap is used:

  • For a linear course the total time over the two days is reduced by the handicap percentage.
  • For the score courses the score over the two days is increased by the handicap percentage.
  • Here are some examples:
    • If the total time over two days on a linear class is 8 hours 30 minutes and the handicap is 10%, the time used for veteran results is 7 hours 39 minutes
    • If the total score over two days on a score course is 800 points and the handicap is 20%, the score used for veteran results is 960 points.