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July Handicap – 15th July

Wednesday 15th July Virtual Club Handicap

Registration: 7:00pm Please register before hand to help us out if you can (fill in this form), but we will take some last minute registrations on the night. Simply log into the Zoom meeting at 7pm to register. 

Join Zoom Meeting
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If you have run the handicap before, your start time will be allocated exactly where we left off.

If you have never run the handicap before, welcome, it’s quite simple.  Just provide us with your current 5k time on the night and we will let you know when it’s time to ‘move’ to the starting block.

Essentially, you will be given a head start on other runners that can run faster than you.

Warm-up: 7:00-7:25pm.  Following registration you will have 10 to 15 minutes to warmup before heading back to the Zoom meeting at 7:25pm.

Safety briefing: 7:30pm. There will be a short safety briefing and the clock will be started promptly at 7:30pm. 

Runners set off from 7:30 to 7:55pm. You must remain in the Zoom meeting until you are asked to ‘walk up’ to the start line and set off at your allotted time. 

You will then run 1.5 miles out before running 1.5 miles back to the Zoom meeting.  The direction you run is totally up to you. 

Finish Line: Please shout out your name when you return.  We will have timers and somehow through the chaos we will be able to generate a rough time for all of you.  However, if you can please record your own time as back-up.

Additional Notes: The handicap time will NOT be included in the handicap league and is a ‘just for fun’ tempo. 

If your home handicap course is considerably hillier than the Byeways, sorry that’s tough and you should have had the foresight to move somewhere flatter.  This statement is also applicable to anyone who lives on the top floor of a block of flats with a faulty lift.  However, if you do feel particularly hard done by, please feel free to contact the team for special consideration.

Please alert other family members that a Zoom room is open so as to avoid any unfortunate incidents of home life becoming public!

Lastly, for the purpose of timing we need to see who crosses the line so we kindly ask that post-run, you please keep fairly quiet until all runners are in, so we can ‘see’ who is crossing the line in ‘speaker view’.  Whilst you are waiting you can kick of the trainers and grab a beer. 

 Results: The results will be presented on Zoom at 8:30pm.

March Handicap Preview

The February handicap saw 33 members complete the two lap course of Berrylands. Laura Humphrey was first across the line (actual 29:25 / recorded 37:55), followed by Ross Lane and Kirsty Lombard. Former Chairman Joe Chang recorded the fastest time on the night (18:15), closely followed by our leading lady, Erica Golland, once again improving on her previous best to finish in a very speedy 18:37.

As the season enters its final stages, Chris Dormer still holds onto his lead (198pts). Graeme Maisey reduced the deficit to 15pts, sitting on (183pts), and Aron Sibley completes the podium positions with another strong run (175pts). Rike Jones (9th) is the leading female (132pts). 

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 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 the handicap at 7:30pm.
  • Be mindful of the residents on The Byeways and keep noise to a minimum.
  • For your own safety please wear a BRIGHT REFLECTIVE TOP to ensure you are visible to other road/pavement users.
  • Last but not least, have fun and enjoy the evening.

February Handicap Preview

The January handicap saw 46 members complete the two lap course of Berrylands, including 9 first timers. On his debut appearance, Ryan Murphy flew around the course to be first over the line by almost 8 minutes, with an elapsed time of 28:42 (actual: 22:42). The quickest time on the evening went to Joseph Gonzalez (17:23). Alice Tozer was the quickest female on the night in 19:12.

After 7 races, Chris Dormer holds onto his comfortable lead (172pts), with Graeme Maisey (153pts) and Steve Back (151pts) heading up the chasing pack. Rike Jones (13th) is the leading female (107pts). 

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 Bev 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.
  • Be mindful of the residents on The Byeways and keep noise to a minimum.
  • 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  

January Handicap Preview

The December handicap saw 38 members complete the two lap course of Berrylands. On his fifth handicap appearance, David Coleman set a new PB to be first over the line with an elapsed time of 38:07 (actual: 22:57). Fastest time on the evening went to Ben Chown (16:19), narrowly missing the course record by three seconds. Daisy Street was the quickest female on the night in 21:54.

After six races, Chris Dormer has a comfortable lead at the top of the table, despite missing the August race (143pts), with Graeme Maisey (125pts) and Steve Back (123pts) heading up the chasing pack.

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 Bev 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.
  • Be mindful of the residents on The Byeways and keep noise to a minimum.
  • With the nights now closing in, 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 🙂 

September Handicap Preview

The August handicap may have been lighter on numbers (41) but there were no shortages of showstoppers. In her sixth handicap appearance, Alice Pike set a huge PB to be first over the line with an elapsed time of 36:43 (actual: 23:03). Ben Chown stormed around to set a course record time (new course) of 16:16. Alice Tozer was back in town and capitalised on her recent top form to set a new female course record time on the revised route finishing in 18:26. 

After two races, James Scanlon holds a slim lead (68pts) over Kristen Edwards (67pts). Harry Kim (52pts) is currently in bronze 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 Bev or Danny 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.
  • Be mindful of the residents on The Byeways and keep noise to a minimum.
  • With the nights now closing in, 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 🙂 

August Handicap Preview

The first fixture in the 2019/20 season saw 52 runners completing the 2 lap circuit of Berrylands. In his second handicap outing, James Scanlon was first over the line with an elapsed time of 37:28 (actual: 18:08). The fastest time on the evening was set by Joseph Gonzalez in a time of 16:26. Victoria Whelan was the fastest female on the night finishing in 19:29.

After one race, James Scanlon heads the table (35pts), closely followed by Sue Garnish (34pts) and Kirsten Edwards (33pts).

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.
  • 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 🙂

Finally, a reminder of two slight tweaks to the rules effective this season:
“To ascertain a member’s start time, your last four finishing times will be considered, the slowest of these being discounted and an average taken of the three remaining times;
“To avoid a tie when the competition reaches its grand conclusion in May, the winner, if points are equal, will be the runner who crosses the line first in this final race.”

May Handicap Preview

The April club handicap saw 24 runners completing the 2 lap circuit of Berrylands. Rosie Watts was first over the line with an actual time of 23:39. The fastest time on the evening was set by Ben Chown in a new course record time of 16:26. Daisy Street was the fastest female on the night, finishing in 21:19.

Now onto the final race of the season with John Reardon (215pts) holding onto the top position by a nail-biting 1 point from Steve Back (214pts). Bronze medal position is  currently held by Bri Merritt (203pts), with wife Vicky Gardner moving up to 4th (189pts), pushing Mark Cannings further down the table into 5th (184pts).

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 🙂

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 🙂