5k handicap 2020


Handicap 5K 2020

We have a formula that works so no big changes for 2020! Just one! All Striders who complete at least three races in the series will receive a commemorative club medal. There will continue to be trophies for the first three in the championship as well as the fastest man and fastest lady (who must run at least three races to be eligible).

The race dates for 2020 are and the first runner is expected to start at approx. 7:30pm.


What happened in 2019?

A total of 100 Striders took part in at least 1 of the race races in the series. 65 took part in at least two with a total of 40 completing three or more and competing in the club championship. The lead in the championships went to and fro throughout the series. Finally, the winner was Ian McClements, followed by Sharon Williams and Tracy Norris. Tracy was just one positional point ahead of an improving Brendon Kelly.  The fastest man award was made to Ollie Garbas and the fastest lady to Vicky McIver.

have a formula that works so no big changes for 2019! Just two! Firstly, the fixture dates have been brought forward one month to make better use of the daylight hours so runners aren’t running in the dark. The second is that in addition to trophies for the first three runners in the series there will also be trophies for the fastest man and fastest lady


What happened in 2018?

The 6 race series finished on 2/10/2018 in style! Conditions were perfect for fast 5k times and Striders delivered.

The series had been closely fought throughout and in fact there was a draw for the first two places between Jessica Wright and Chrissie Parry. Using count back in the 4th race they each run, Jessica pipped Chrissie by 8 positional points. In third place was Brenda Smith. So it was a ladies lock out! The leading male in the series was Tom Sclanders in his debut season.

A total of 58 Striders took part in the series with 27 posting three or more race times.

5k handicap 2018 consolidated positions and results v2

Results prior to 2018:

5k handicap results 2017

handicap 5k results 12102016

Championship and race route

Race series – 6 monthly races with the best 3 results of each runner to count. You must have completed at least 3 races to be eligible to be considered for the race series. Each runner is given a target time for each race. The target times are based on recent race and training data. The aim is to beat that target time by the largest margin. Runners are started in reverse order with the slower runners going first. The winning runner is the one who beats their target time by the largest margin.

Runners are allocated points based on their finishing position. Winner 1 point, runner up 2 points etc. The winner of the series is the runner who has the lowest aggregate score over their best three results. In the event of a tie the results of the fourth scoring race completed will be considered, and then the fifth and then the sixth to separate the runners concerned. If this still results in a tie between two runners then the aggregate of each runners margins between their finishing time and target time will be considered.

A trophy will be presented to the first three runners in the series together with the man and lady who has set the quickest average time over the three scoring races they have run.

Route details – the course is a flat, fast out and back route ALL on the cycleways. It starts close to the railway bridge on Gunnels Wood Road near the fire training centre. Running south along the cycleway you pass under the underpass near the Bridge Road/Gresley Way road junctions and head towards BuildBase and Fira. Stay on the left hand side of Gunnels Wood Road you pass BuildBase and then FIRA on your left. Bear right to enter the roundabout complex and then immediately left. Continue ahead until you pass Airbus on your left. On your right you will then see a small tunnel under the road. Pass through this and turn right. Staying on the left of Gunnels Wood Road proceed ahead until you reach the large underpass complex near Fujitsu and opposite Fira. Turn in right, pass through the underpass and then turn left to go past the front of Fira. You then retrace your steps back to the start. Pass through the start, continuing ahead until you get to the underpass. Pass through the first underpass and then aim for the underpass ahead and to the right. The finish is at the far side of that underpass.