Batching: How it works

This year, the Jonkershoek Mountain Challenge (JMC) will have batching introduced in an attempt to

spread the field out while maintaining the integrity of the event as more people are intoduced to our wonderful sport.

Batches will set off two minutes apart.

We will leave it up to you to choose which batch you’d like to start in but please be considerate when making your choice as it will have an impact on others.

We have set up some guidelines to help you make a decision. Please see these guidelines below:

JMC 36km

Batch A (Elite): 
Top 25% Overall – If you are regularly finishing in the top 25% of the overall field (NOT category), then you qualify to run in this batch. For example, if there are 200 runners and you usually finish in the top 50, you would choose batch A.

Batch B: 
26 – 50% Overall – If you are regularly placing between 26% and 50% of the overall field (NOT category), then you qualify to run in this batch. For example, if there are 200 runners and you usually finish between 51st place and 100th place, you would choose batch B.

Batch C: 
51 – 100% Overall – If you are regularly placing between 51% and 100% of the overall field (NOT category), then you qualify to run in this batch. For example, if there are 200 runners and you finish between 100th place and 200th place, you would choose batch C.

JMC Lite 22km

Batch E (Elite): 
Top 25% Overall – If you are regularly finishing in the top 25% of the overall field (NOT category), then you qualify to run in this batch. For example, if there are 200 runners and you finish in the top 50, you would choose batch E.

Batch F: 
26 – 50% Overall – If you are regularly placing between 26% and 50% of the overall field (NOT category), then you qualify to run in this batch. For example, if there are 200 runners and you finish between 51st place and 100th place, you would choose batch F.

Batch G: 
51 – 100% Overall – If you are regularly placing between 51% and 100% of the overall field (NOT category), then you qualify to run in this batch. For example, if there are 200 runners and you finish between 100th place and 200th place, you would choose batch G.

Terms and Conditions:
1. Batches are limited and awarded on a first come, first serve basis. Once Batch A is full, you will need to choose a lower batch.
2. Any exceptions to this will be at the discretion of the Race Director.
3. If you want to run with a friend who runs in a slower batch, you will need to choose the slower batch.
4. If you start in a batch different from the one that you are allocated to, you will be disqualified. Please make sure you're on time for your start batch.