Category Archives: Monthly Handicap Race

April Handicap Preview

With only 2 handicaps left for the 2016/17 season it is still tight at the top with Alan Harding 2nd place having gained 6 points on Mark Canning 1st place after the March Battle Royale which saw Mark slowing up with a minor injury. Ed Rowlands sits 6 points Alan in 3rd place meaning this months installment should be an interesting race.

March saw 4 first timers run the course with Gemma Burt, Ross Cameron and Freddie Constable crossing the finish line within a minute of each other in 1st, 2nd & 3rd position. Zero2Hero graduate Kristen Edwards was also a first timer starting with a slightly more realistic handicap time and finishing in 22nd place. There were 7 other PB’s and a total of 25 runners took part.

If anyone is able to help out this Wednesday evening please drop me an email or let me know at the club this evening so I can pop you on the list. If you are running please ensure you are wearing Hi-Vis and/or running lights. Please note we will be closing registration in the club at 7:15 to aim for a 7:30 start.

For full details on last months times, positions and this months start times see the full handicap database for this season -> here <- 

Position Name Runs Jul 2016 Aug 2016 Sep 2016 Oct 2016 Nov 2016 Dec 2016 Jan 2017 Feb 2017 Mar 2017 Apr 2017 May 2017 Total
1= Cannings, Mark 11 15 31 30 24 24 29 29 27 9 27 25 270
1= Harding, Alan 11 15 22 29 34 27 24 25 24 15 28 27 270
3 Rowland, Ed 8 15 28 31 34 35 35 31 29 238
4 Grecian, Peter 8 15 35 35 30 33 8 30 33 219
5 Hall, Richard 11 15 10 15 31 32 5 6 10 28 33 26 211
6 McGeoch-Williams, Alastair 8 35 32 5 27 30 33 5 21 188
7 Reardon, John 7 15 33 31 33 29 12 18 171
8 Street, Michael 7 22 10 35 34 5 20 35 161
9 Whiteman, Greg 7 31 5 9 32 34 25 20 156
10 Merritt, Brian 6 34 30 24 17 25 22 152

 

March Handicap Preview

This Wednesday evening is Handicap time once again and the competition is certainly heating up but while it might appear to be a 2 horse race at the moment nothing is certain as we head into the home straight with only 3 Handicaps left to go.

So as things stand Mark Canning is leading the charge with Alan Harding hot on his heals with only 9 points separating them.  Ed Rowlands is sitting in third place on 178 points and John Reardon having missed last month due to illness is 4th on 171.

We had 28 runners last month with 5 of those being first timers. Of those who have run before we had 12 seasons bests of which 7 were personal bests.

If anyone is able to help out this Wednesday evening please drop me an email or let me know at the club this evening so I can pop you on the list. If you are running please ensure you are wearing Hi-Vis and/or running lights. Please note we will be closing registration in the club at 7:15 to aim for a 7:30 start.

For full details on last months times, positions and this months start times see the full handicap database for this season -> here <- 

Position Name Runs Jul 2016 Aug 2016 Sep 2016 Oct 2016 Nov 2016 Dec 2016 Jan 2017 Feb 2017 Mar 2017 Apr 2017 May 2017 Total
1= Cannings, Mark 11 15 31 30 24 24 29 29 27 9 27 25 270
1= Harding, Alan 11 15 22 29 34 27 24 25 24 15 28 27 270
3 Rowland, Ed 8 15 28 31 34 35 35 31 29 238
4 Grecian, Peter 8 15 35 35 30 33 8 30 33 219
5 Hall, Richard 11 15 10 15 31 32 5 6 10 28 33 26 211
6 McGeoch-Williams, Alastair 8 35 32 5 27 30 33 5 21 188
7 Reardon, John 7 15 33 31 33 29 12 18 171
8 Street, Michael 7 22 10 35 34 5 20 35 161
9 Whiteman, Greg 7 31 5 9 32 34 25 20 156
10 Merritt, Brian 6 34 30 24 17 25 22 152

Club Handicap – It’s Tight at the Top

This weeks handicap is looking to be an interesting evening with only 11 points separating the top 3 there is everything to play for as the season is starting to draw to a close. 

Mark Canning is currently in pole position with Alan Harding and John Reardon close behind. With only 30 seconds separating them on this weeks starting times expect there to be a good battle for placings as seasons best times are no doubt going to be harder to obtain as the season progresses.

If anyone is able to help out this Wednesday evening please drop me an email or let me know at the club this evening so I can pop you on the list. Also some concerns have been voiced about the way runners loiter in the road area after the run so can we please ask everyone to be extra careful crossing the road and make sure you remain n the pavement whilst you recover as we would hate to see someone involved in an incident with a passing car. Trying to finish on the pavement is also helpful but please do clear the finish as soon as you can. Please note we will be closing registration in the club at 7:15 to aim for a 7:30 start.

For full details on last months times, positions and this months start times see the full handicap database for this season -> here <- 

Position Name Runs Jul 2016 Aug 2016 Sep 2016 Oct 2016 Nov 2016 Dec 2016 Jan 2017 Feb 2017 Mar 2017 Apr 2017 May 2017 Total
1= Cannings, Mark 11 15 31 30 24 24 29 29 27 9 27 25 270
1= Harding, Alan 11 15 22 29 34 27 24 25 24 15 28 27 270
3 Rowland, Ed 8 15 28 31 34 35 35 31 29 238
4 Grecian, Peter 8 15 35 35 30 33 8 30 33 219
5 Hall, Richard 11 15 10 15 31 32 5 6 10 28 33 26 211
6 McGeoch-Williams, Alastair 8 35 32 5 27 30 33 5 21 188
7 Reardon, John 7 15 33 31 33 29 12 18 171
8 Street, Michael 7 22 10 35 34 5 20 35 161
9 Whiteman, Greg 7 31 5 9 32 34 25 20 156
10 Merritt, Brian 6 34 30 24 17 25 22 152

 

Handicap Amendments

As some of you will be aware there have been some odd handicap start times given out over the past few months that have affected peoples overall position in the points table which then continues to affect those runners for the next few runs. 

Due to a few people questioning their start times and the affect they believed it had on their handicap  positional points and subsequent start times we have taken a look back over the past 5 months and did indeed find some times that were obviously very wrong and have taken steps to amend the affected times and also to ensure that going forward these errors will not happen again.

Therefore once Richard gets some time he will update the main tables on the club website accordingly based on the investigations of the times since July. Whilst this does make some minor changes to the overall standings you will find that it doesn’t change anything at the top too much and still leaves the remaining months with everything to play for between those battling it out at the top of the table.

Therefore leading into the January handicap next week the amended top of the table looks something like:

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November 2016 Club Handicap Result

Lights were bright on Wednesday evening, at the Club Handicap, as a number of runners ran with head torches, taking advantage of an initiative promoted by the Up and Running outlet in Kingston Market.  33 runners blazed their way round the course with Peter Grecian being first to finish in a new SB of 20:57. Debbie Gilmore was second in a PB time of 29:43, and Kevin Furlong 3rd in an SB of 22:12.

There were 7 ‘first timers’ one of whom, Nathan Sayers, was fastest man of the day with a time of 18:01.  Sarah Burdett, not quite a first timer having got lost on her first attempt, clocked 20:17 on her first completed run, and was fastest lady. There were 10 PBs on the night and 7 SBs.

John Reardon (143pts), Alan Harding (128) and Mark Cannings ( 125) head the Leader Board, with Debbie Gilmore (5th=, 104pts), Vicky Gardner (7th, 96) and Stacy Banwell (10th, 81) leading ladies.

We were well supported for help last night with Pete Tozer, Simon Norman and Don Esslemont on the ‘pavement’ finish, and Neil Sunderland and Sue Esslemont, with me, on the ‘road’ finish.  Good to see the Club Clock back in action, too!

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November Handicap Preview

Halloween on Monday evening, Handicap tonight. Trick or treat?  Well, I’ve never cared much for Halloween, but the Handicap is a different matter altogether. No tricks and treated by many as a favoured event.

No illuminated pumpkins, either! Instead, head torches will be a feature.  Expect a clear but very much cooler evening than of late so, anyone coming along to help, make sure that you wrap up warm.

A reminder to all runners to wear hi viz or reflective tops as we look forward to (being able to) seeing you at the finish.  October Race Analysis attached.

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October 2016 Club Handicap Result – 100 up

The 100th running of the Club Handicap, in its present format, brought Andrew Pengelly over from Australia. Well, not especially but, after a mad afternoon dash from Norwich, he arrived just in time do his first Handicap since May 2012, having run in the first ever in October 2006. Jo Newstead was the only other runner to compete in both the 1st and 100th.

Alan Harding was first across the line, just 6 secs ahead of John Reardon, both recording PBs. I’m not sure how close Kevin Stone(3rd) was to the finish when he realised that it wasn’t, after all, going to be his day, being caught by these two and finishing 4 secs adrift, but still holding off Richard Hall (4th) by another 4 secs. There were welcome returns for Tom Parmiter (since July 2015), Kirstie Mitchell (May 2013) in 5th and 6th , both recording PBs, and Joe Brewer (April 2011) who hopes to compete more regularly in future. Four others achieved PBs along with six others who ran SBs.

Tom Parmiter (18:08) was fastest man and Daisy Street (21:47) fastest lady.  There were 31 entrants, including 5 first timers, 2 of whom, unfortunately, got lost!. Sarah and Chris, I hope you will try again next month.

No problem with helpers this month and thanks to Ann Bath, Neil Sunderland, Paul Keddie, Steve Ramek, Pete Tozer and Don Esslemont.

Results follow.

Continue reading October 2016 Club Handicap Result – 100 up

October Club Handicap Preview

Club Handicap on Wednesday and will we be able to repeat the total of 40 runners that we had for our September Race?  If we get anywhere near that total I would hope for more helpers, initially three, than we had then.  I know that a few ‘regular’ helpers were not available on the night but we always welcome those who do not intend to run to come along and assist.  We will be running in the dark from now on so please wear your hi-viz training vests.

Points leader after three races is Brian Merritt  with 90 points. John Reardon is on 80, Mark Cannings  is on 77, and Howard Brinkworth is in the mix again with 73.  Vicky Gardner is leading lady on 71 with the ever improving Debbie Gilmore on 70.

The weather forecast looks good but perhaps slightly more chilly than of late.  Look forward to seeing you all.  September race analysis attached.

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September 2016 – Club Handicap

On Wednesday, 07 September, we ran the 3rd event of the 2016/17 Handicap season and the 99th in the history of my involvement with it.  It was competed under the same conditions that have been in place since the first run in October 2006.  In its time, the Handicap has proved to be a popular, fair and very successful event for our members, giving anybody, of whatever ability, an equal chance to win.  There have been a couple of tweaks to the scoring system over the years, concerning an increase in the number of finish points available. As the average number of runners changed from 19 in the first two seasons to the current figure of 39, the finish points have moved from 10 to 15, and then to 20.

On Wednesday it seemed that everyone wanted to run which left us rather short of helpers!  Thanks to Pete Tozer,  Alastair and Peter Grecian who, having roared round the course somewhat quicker than of late, assisted with handing out the finish discs on the pavement side.  He was first of the 40 runners to finish but demoted to 2nd having started a minute too early!  Debbie Gilmore therefore takes line honours with a 1:28 lowering of her PB. 3rd was newcomer on the night, Karen Fletcher, who probably surprised herself by running 2:30 quicker than she had predicted.

7 people ran PBs including Anthony Whelan, fastest man on the night whose time of 16:47 puts him 11th in the Top 15 list.  First timer Daisy Street was fastest lady in 22:31 and 14 others achieved SBs.

I’m indebted to Richard Kirk who has worked his magic and made it possible to attach the complete result with this post. Continue reading September 2016 – Club Handicap

Club Handicap – 2016/17 Season

The first race of the new handicap season is today, Monday, 11th July.

 At the end of every season, I review the results of the Handicap and look to see if any change might improve it. This season is no exception, and having received a copy of Member’s e-mail to the Committee, prior to the AGM, I have addressed the points raised and have replied, personally.

The issue of a ‘Slow Start’ to the season, to supposedly gain an advantage throughout the season, has long been mooted, but nobody has ever come up with evidence of anybody who has actually achieved this. Now we have a comprehensive record of the whole event since 2006, perhaps somebody, who has enough time on their hands, will be motivated enough to search through and see if such evidence, exists.

With this in mind, I am introducing a new condition for the coming season which I believe will satisfy you ALL on both the points that were raised.

The Handicap was originally introduced as a monthly Time Trial to test your current fitness. This still remains its primary purpose.

Therefore,Season’s Best’ will remain, as is, and your ‘Handicap Start Time’ will still be calculated using your last ‘Three Recorded Times’. However, no runner will have a time that is more than 10% slower than this, included in their start time calculation.

I had thought of introducing this in seasons past but felt that it might prejudice those runners coming back from injury. However, the integrity of the Handicap depends on genuine times and some times, recorded in the May run, cannot be considered ‘legit’, if used, and these times, although recorded in the Race Results, will be the first to be subjected to this rule. There are 6 times in all, 3 of which only change times by a matter of seconds. Of the other 3, times will be reduced by 0:41, 1:25 and the worst case, 3:56!

 The introduction of this measure will, hopefully, alleviate the notion that somebody is able to ‘Work the System’.  The Handicap is fair to all abilities and has proved to be so in the past 10 years of its present format. Let’s get out there and enjoy it.

The race analysis from May is available at: Google Docs – May 2016 Handicap Race Analysis

As usual past results are available in the handicap results system: Handicap Results. Start times in the handicap results system do not yet reflect the new 10% rule.