Category Archives: Monthly Handicap Race

April Handicap Preview

The March club handicap saw a smaller than usual field with 30 participants. Ed Rowland was first over the line with the clock striking 38:48. The fastest time on the evening was by Ben Chown in 17:14. Daisy Street was the fastest female on the night, finishing in 22:17.

Ahead of the penultimate race of the season John Reardon (194pts) holds onto top position, with the chasing pack led by Bri Merritt (183pts) and Steve Back (180pts), with Mark Cannings now demoted to 4th (179pts). Vicky Gardner leads the women’s charge in 5th overall (165pts).

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

For those of you attending we kindly ask you to note the following:

  • If you are able to volunteer please let Steve Ramek, Bev  or myself know in advance. We are always grateful for an extra pair of hands.
  • Please arrive in good time to register as we will be leaving the club at 7:15pm prompt in order to start at 7:30pm.
  • If you are running late, send a message to Steve Ramek or myself in advance to register – this helps alleviate last minute panic trying to sign-in runners at the start line.
  • Be mindful of the residents and keep noise to a minimum
  • Despite the lighter evenings, for your own safety please wear a BRIGHT REFLECTIVE TOP to ensure you are visible to other pavement/road users.
  • Last but not least, have fun and enjoy the evening 🙂

March Handicap Preview

The February club handicap saw 39 runners completing the 2 lap circuit of Berrylands,  with Bev Gow first past the post, enjoying her fifth outing of the season. The fastest time of the evening was clocked by Ben Chown in 17:48, a new pb. Laura Hooke was the fastest female on the night, finishing in 22:35.

Moving into Spring, and with 3 races remaining, John Reardon (189pts) remains in the gold medal position, with Mark Cannings (165pts) holding onto silver. Bri Merritt has leap-frogged Richard Hall into the final podium position (155pts). All to play for still with only 35pts between 3rd and 10th.

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

For those of you attending we kindly ask you to note the following:

  • If you are able to volunteer please let Steve Ramek, Bev  or myself know in advance. We are always grateful for an extra pair of hands.
  • Please arrive in good time to register as we will be leaving the club at 7:15pm prompt in order to start at 7:30pm.
  • If you are running late, send a message to Steve Ramek or myself in advance to register – this helps alleviate last minute panic trying to sign-in runners at the start line.
  • Be mindful of the residents and keep noise to a minimum
  • For your own safety please wear a BRIGHT REFLECTIVE TOP and suggest bring a head-torch to ensure you are visible to other pavement/road users.
  • Last but not least, have fun and enjoy the evening 🙂

February Handicap Preview

The January club handicap saw 47 runners completing the 2 lap circuit of Berrylands, including 2 debutants. Welcome to first timers James Mackay and Simone Speggiorin. The fastest time of the evening was clocked by Joseph Gonzalez in 16:55, a new course record. Victoria Haslam was the fastest female on the night finishing in 20:11.

After 6 races, John Reardon (160pts) remains at the top of the table, with Mark Cannings (149pts) and Richard Hall (137pts) making up the podium positions.

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

For those of you attending we kindly ask you to note the following:

  • If you are able to volunteer please let Steve Ramek, Bev  or myself know in advance. We are always grateful for an extra pair of hands.
  • Please arrive in good time to register as we will be leaving the club at 7:15pm prompt in order to start at 7:30pm.
  • If you are running late, send a message to Steve Ramek or myself in advance to register – this helps alleviate last minute panic trying to sign-in runners at the start line.
  • Be mindful of the residents and keep noise to a minimum
  • For your own safety please wear a BRIGHT REFLECTIVE TOP and suggest bring a head-torch to ensure you are visible to other pavement/road users.
  • Last but not least, have fun and enjoy the evening 🙂

January Handicap Preview

The December club handicap saw 48 runners completing the 2 lap circuit of Berrylands, including 2 debutants. Welcome to first timers Kate Hancock and Jonathan Lush. The fastest time of the evening was clocked by Dmitry Selemir in 18:43. Carla Cotton was the fastest female on the night finishing in 22:01. 

At the half-way point in the season, John Reardon (139pts) remains at the top of the table, with Mark Cannings (134pts) hot on his heels. Yaz Ladwa (120pts) has stormed up the table and now sits in the bronze medal position.

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

For those of you attending we kindly ask you to note the following:

  • If you are able to volunteer please let Steve Ramek, Bev  or myself know in advance. We are always grateful for an extra pair of hands.
  • Please arrive in good time to register as we will be leaving the club at 7:15pm prompt in order to start at 7:30pm.
  • If you are running late, send a message to Steve Ramek or myself in advance to register – this helps alleviate last minute panic trying to sign-in runners at the start line.
  • Be mindful of the residents and keep noise to a minimum
  • For your own safety please wear a BRIGHT REFLECTIVE TOP and suggest bring a head-torch to ensure you are visible to other pavement/road users.
  • Last but not least, have fun and enjoy the evening 🙂

December handicap preview

The November club handicap saw 48 runners completing the 2 lap circuit of Berrylands. Welcome to first timers Nina Kale, Laura Willoughby, Simon Delafosse, Harry Kim, and Laura McSharry. The fastest time of the evening was clocked by Joseph Gonzalez in a rapid 17:27. Victoria Haslam was the fastest female, recording a seasons best with 20:03.

After 4 races, John Reardon has leap-frogged Daniel Clark into 1st (112pts), with the chasing pack led by Mark Cannings (109pts), Daniel Clark (105pts), and Richard Hall (103pts).

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

For those of you attending we kindly ask you to note the following:

  • If you are able to volunteer please let Steve Ramek, Bev  or myself know in advance. We are always grateful for an extra pair of hands.
  • Please arrive in good time to register as we will be leaving the club at 7:15pm prompt in order to start at 7:30pm.
  • If you are running late, send a message to Steve Ramek or myself in advance to register – this helps alleviate last minute panic trying to sign-in runners at the start line.
  • Be mindful of the residents and keep noise to a minimum
  • For your own safety please wear a BRIGHT REFLECTIVE TOP and suggest bring a head-torch to ensure you are visible to other pavement/road users.
  • Last but not least, have fun and enjoy the evening 🙂

November Handicap Preview

October’s club handicap saw 56 runners completing the 2 lap circuit of Berrylands. Welcome to first timers Amber Marriot, Max Riley, Katie Bebbington, Maria Higgins, and Tony Ruff. Joseph Gonzalez once again clocked the fastest time of the evening, shaving a few more seconds off his PB with a blistering 17:14. Victoria Haslam was the fastest female, recording her fastest time on the course for over 2 years with 20:30.

As the competition moves into the fourth fixture of season, Daniel Clark (94pts) leads Richard Hall (90pts) by 4 points, with Ed Rowland (81pts) holding off the chasing pack 9 points adrift in 3rd.

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

For those of you attending tomorrow evening we kindly ask you to note the following:

  • If you are able to volunteer please let Steve Ramek, Bev  or myself know in advance. We are always grateful for an extra pair of hands.
  • Please arrive in good time to register as we will be leaving the club at 7:15pm prompt in order to start at 7:30pm.
  • If you are running late message Steve Ramek in advance to register – this helps alleviate last minute panic trying to sign-in runners at the start line.
  • Be mindful of the residents and keep noise to a minimum
  • For your own safety please wear a BRIGHT REFLECTIVE TOP and suggest bring a head-torch to ensure you are visible to other pavement/road users.
  • Last but not least, have fun and enjoy the evening 🙂

October Handicap Preview

September’s club handicap saw another record turnout with 68 runners completing the 3 mile, 2 lap circuit of Berrylands. Welcome to first timer Alessandra Maina who under-estimated her speed and was first past the post on the night finishing in 29:10. Joseph Gonzalez improved on his previous best to record the fastest time of the evening with 17:22.

As the competition moves into the third fixture of season, Daniel Clark and Richard Hall are tied at the top of the table with 64 points each, closely followed by Lorenzo Valfre  4 points adrift.

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

For those of you attending tomorrow evening we would ask that:

  • Please arrive in good time to register as we will be leaving the club at 7:15pm prompt in order to start at 7:30pm.
  • If you are running late message Steve Ramek in advance to register – this helps alleviate last minute panic trying to sign-in runners at the start line.
  • Be mindful of the residents and keep noise to a minimum.
  • If you are unable to run but can help out please make yourself known to the handicap organisers
  • For your own safety please wear a BRIGHT REFLECTIVE TOP and suggest bring a head-torch to ensure you are visible to other pavement/road users.
  • Last but not least, have fun and enjoy the evening 🙂

September Handicap Preview

August’s club handicap saw a record turnout of 63 runners completing the 3 mile, 2 lap circuit of Berrylands. Daniel Clark was first past the post, closely followed by David Coleman, on only his 3rd appearance. Joseph Gonzalez recorded the fastest time of the evening with a very respectable 17:32.

As the competition moves into the second fixture, of season, will Daniel maintain his winning start or will somebody else challenge him for the lead?

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

For those of you attending tomorrow evening we would ask that:

  • Please arrive in good time to register as we will be leaving the club at 7:15pm prompt in order to start at 7:30pm.
  • If you are running late message either Steve Ramek or myself in advance to register – this helps alleviate last minute panic trying to sign-in runners at the start line.
  • Be mindful of the residents and keep noise to a minimum.
  • If you are unable to run but can help out please make yourself known to the handicap organisers
  • As the evenings draw in, please wear a BRIGHT REFLECTIVE TOP and perhaps bring a headtorch as the light will be fading towards the end of the run.
  • Last but not least, have fun and enjoy the evening 🙂

Club Handicap 2018/19 Preview

The new club handicap season starts this evening (Wednesday 1st August). Who can challenge last season’s champion Lizzie Wilson?

For those of you new to this event, the monthly race starts towards the bottom end of the Byeways and sets out towards the Roystons before taking a left-hand turn. Each runner will complete 2 laps of the Berrylands loop before turning back up the Byeways and finishing around 30 meters short of the Crest at the top of the road. 

Please ensure you arrive at the club promptly at 7pm to allow everyone time to register by 7:20 latest and the first runners are ready at the Byeways for a 7:30 start. Please note that turning up late to register on the start line does cause problems so if you are running late and want to take part please do message us to let us know.

We look forward to seeing a good turnout for this season first handicap and ask that anyone not able to run to come along to help out as the event cannot take place without volunteers. If you are coming along tonight to run your first ever club handicap, all you need to know is your current 5K time so we can give you a first start time. For those wanting to know more about how the handicap works please see the handicap page -> here <-

August Handicap Preview

July’s Handicap saw 42 of us starting and finishing in the Byeways as we ran the new course for the first time. In essence only the start and finish has changed although this means the incline along Berrylands if dealt with much earlier and the finish is slightly more downhill. In addition to the course change we are happy to report that the 3 mile handicap course is now 3 miles and not the 2.97 miles most people seemed to measure over the past years.

Among the 42 runners we had:

  • 8 First timers
  • 4 personal bests for those having run before
  • 4 runners sub 20
  • No single runner taking longer to complete the course then the new base time of 40 minutes

First timers Daniel Clarke and Jackie Morris lead the field home with Lizzie Wilson hot on their tails as she bids to repeat her amazing form of 2010/11 season when she took glory and won the season by a clear margin. 

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

For those of you attending tomorrow evening we would ask that:

  • Please arrive in good time to register as we will be leaving the club at 7:15pm prompt in order to start at 7:30pm.
  • If you are running late message either Kevin Stone or Steve Ramek in advance to register yourself, please do not arrive at the Byeways to register if you can help it.
  • Be mindful of the residents whose road we are now using to start and finish on, it must have been a bit of a shock to us all there last month.
  • Please keep noise to a minimum and move towards the end of the road when you finish to register your position away from the finish line.
  • If you are unable to run but can help out please make yourself known and we will ensure you are given a Hi-Vis and a assigned a role.

And finally for those of you who are unsure if you would be able to compete in the handicap we have changed the base start time to 40 minutes from 35 to make sure everyone can get round in the allotted time so please do come along and give it a try, you won’t regret it.