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Greyhounds – Race Distances

(Last Updated On: October 12, 2010)

If you haven’t read the first two parts of this series then you should read about Predicting The Results and The Tracks first.

Today we are going to be taking a look at the race distances in greyhound racing. Effectively there are four different distances that greyhounds race over. In the UK an abbreviated letter is always shown before the grade of the race to indicate the distance that is being run. These letters are as follows.

A – Middle distance races with four bends

D – Sprint races with two bends

E – Marathon races with eight bends or more

S – Stayers races with six bends

In England the most common racing distance is 480 metres. All of the major greyhound races are run over this distance.

There are occasionally races over D, E or S length take place where the starting traps only give the runners a short run until the first bend. These races will, more often than not, result in trouble at the first bend. This is because there is not enough room for the runners, which makes it much harder to predict the outcome of these races.

As with horse racing the distance is going to be a very strong factor in deciding which runner has a chance of winning the race and it is important to know the distances for each track before you begin to analyse the runners. It is commonly thought that you do not need to take this information into account for greyhounds, unlike horse racing. Nothing could be further from the truth. With all forms of sports predictions you want to take into account as many factors as possible.

Below you will find a guide to English tracks and their distances.

TRACK

(D)Sprint

(A)Middle

(S)Stayers

(E)Marathon

Belle Vue

237m – 260m

470m

590m – 670m

878m

Brighton & Hove

285m

475m – 515m

695m – 740m

930m – 970m

Coventry – Racing Suspended 28/12/09

280m

480m

625m – 680m

880m – 1025m – 1080m

Crayford

225m – 380m

540m

714m

874m – 1048m

Doncaster – (Stainforth)

275m

483m

661m – 709m

868m – 910m

Hall Green

258m

480m

645m

820m – 892m

Harlow

238m

415m

592m

769m – 946m

Henlow

250m – 277m

460m – 550m

660m – 692m

870m

Hull – Track Closed 27/06/09

270m

460m

655m

845m

Kinsley – *New Distances 07/05/10

268m

462m

650m

844m

Mildenhall

220m – 375m

545m

700m

870m – 1025m

Monmore

210m – 264m

460m – 480m

630m – 684m

835m – 880m – 900m – 1104m

Newcastle

290m

480m

640m

825m – 895m

Nottingham

305m

480m – 500m

680m – 700m – 730m

885m – 905m – 925m

Oxford

250m

450m

595m – 645m

845m – 1040m

Pelaw Grange

245m

435m

590m

780m – 955m

Perry Barr

275m

460m – 480m – 500m

660m – 710m

895m

Peterborough

235m

420m

605m

790m – 975m

Poole

250m

450m

640m

840m

Portsmouth – Track Closed 27/03/10

256m

438m

610m

792m – 964m

Reading – Track Closed 18/10/08

275m

465m

660m

850m – 1045m

Romford

225m

400m – 575m

715m – 750m

925m – 1100m

Rye House – Track Closed 15/11/06

270m – 383m

435m – 480m

628m – 680m

845m – 895m

Sheffield

280m – 362m

480m – 500m

660m – 720m

915m – 934m

Sittingbourne

265m

450m – 480m – 500m

642m – 708m

916m

Sunderland

261m

450m

640m

828m

Swindon

285m

460m – 480m – 509m

685m

737m

Walthamstow – Track Closed 16/08/08

235m

430m – 475m

640m

835m – 880m – 1045m

Wimbledon – *New Track Layout

273m

480m

687m

894m

Yarmouth

277m

462m

659m

843m – 1041m

Askern

100m – 200m – 280m

400m – 500m

585m

830m

Chesterton

280m

480m

670m

870m

Easington

69m-247m

410m

585m

770m

Ellesmere Port – Track Closed

100y – 310y

525y

xxx

710y

Highgate

260m – 370m

395m – 400m – 425m

560m – 590m

670m – 710m

Hinckley

260m

460m

680m

Newton Abbot

100m – 325m

525m – 560m

590m

762m

St Helens – Track Closed

275y

490y

680y

Warwick

90m – 275m

450m

610m

810m

West Houghton – (Bolton)

70y – 240y

440y

630y

820y

Wheatley Hill

260m

440m

580m

800m

Michael Wilding

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