Welcome to UKnetrunner.co.UK running club
UKnetrunner is a fully affiliated running club (with England Athletics), established in 2003. We cater for runners whose lifestyles make it difficult to attend a local running club, but still want the support of clubmates. With UKnetunner your clubmates are available all day, every day, via the online chat forum.
Our running club offers various ways for members to get involved, but with the flexibility of participating when it suits you - there's no pressure to attend certain races. You can add all your results to your member profile and these will be used to rank you in the UKnetrunner Grand Prix according to your progress from the previous year. There's even a prize for the winner at the end of the year.
There are also a variety of handicap races held at events across the country each year. The handicap system allows you to compete fairly against members of all abilities with the triumphant runner receiving a trophy.
Many of you have never entered the handicap competitions before, due no doubt to a variety of reasons. This one is slightly different and hopefully there will be many more participants. For this event any parkrun on any Saturday in June will count towards the competition.
For those who don’t know about parkruns: They are free, timed 5k runs at a park near you. Go to http://www.parkrun.org.uk to get registered. Once that is done enter your parkrun ID number at http://www.uknetrunner.co.uk (once you have logged in) by editing your profile, then all your parkrun performances will automatically register on your Uknetrunner race profile, this makes checking the competition results much easier. If you have already registered for parkrun then the ID number is printed on your barcode.
How it Works
Your handicap time is based on your best performance over the handicap event distance (in this case 5K), or a similar distance, within the 12 months prior to the handicap event. For this event all handicap times will be calculated prior to June 1st – If, and we hope this is the case, you improve on your handicap time during June your original handicap time will still stand for the duration of the competition.
There is a more detailed explanation here: Handicap Rules
What do you have to do?
All club members will be automatically entered in this handicap event, we’ll calculate the handicap times and let you know at the start of June what these are.
Just register with parkrun & enter your ID on your UKnetrunner profile as explained above, then get out and run your local (or not so local) parkrun on as many Saturdays in June as you like – Don’t forget your barcode!
Will be the runner with the best time, handicap adjusted, in any of the parkruns they have run in June. The winner will get a 5k trophy presented at the AGM at the end of year plus the immortality of an entry on the honours board on the club website.
In addition a few Uknetrunner mugs have been produced for the following categories.
• Most parkruns visited during June i.e Different parkrun locations.
• Most consistent performer. This is for any runner who has ran at least 3 parkruns in June. Their 3rd best time will be used.
• Best age-graded performance. The age-graded scores are listed against each performance on the parkrun website
Hot on the heels of marathon successors comes the 5k personal besters with Carole Arrowsmith managing two Parkrun PBs in consecutive weeks
Generally it has been a busy month for races with 132 race results being logged for April and some good club showings at events such as the Lincoln 10k, Derby 10k, Brighton, Blackpool and Manchester marathons and of course London marathon. Club members continue to put in a lot of appearances at various Parkruns from as far south as Killerton to as far north as Edinburgh
In Group 1 William Shippin continues to lead the GP having logged a total of 24 races but it is not all about quantity as Carl Stone continues to chase William with some impressive points from 4 results. In Group 2 Simon Hibbert holds a 19 point lead over Baz Aveyard.
5km: Ashley Woolgrove, Richard Beetlestone, Baz Aveyard, Carole Arrowsmith, Craig Hooke, Alex Finch.
5 mile: Paul Arrowsmith
10km: Keith Kerwin, Robert Beech, Ian Riley
10 mile: Graeme McTait
Half Marathon: Simon Hibbert, Shaun Cleary, Craig Hooke
Marathon: Peter Stockdale, Peter Stubbs, Sally Ford, Robert Beech, Kim Godsman, Jon Hullis, Tony Follett, Brigitte Groves, Matthew Dallywater, Mark Willcocks, William Shippin, Tristan Barndon, Jonathan Channell, Stuart Graver.
Robin Hood Half & Full Marathon
The marathon returns after it was cancelled last year. The half is still on the newly revamped faster course first used in 2012. The races are held at the same time on the 29th September 2013. Full information available at http://www.robinhoodhalfmarathon.co.uk/
Bournemouth Running Festival
A whole weekend of running on the south coast. Maybe a bit of a trek for some, but it has a 10k at 4pm Saturday, with a 5k at 7pm. Then a Half Marathon at 8am and Marathon at 10m on the Sunday. We'd be looking at using the full marathon and either the 10k or half marathon for the handicap. October 5th/6th. http://www.run-bmf.com/
Leicester Half & Full Marathon
Another double whammy with half and full marathons being run at the same time. This one's on October 13th. http://www.leicestermarathon.org.uk/
Please indicate your preference using the voting options.
So as spring seems to have well and truly sprung it is worth looking back at some notable winter achievements.
New Club Records
5 mile: Rebecca Crossley (FV35) - 46:13
10 mile: Bill Preston (MV60) - 1:36:25
20 mile: Jon Hullis (MV40) - 2:16:08, Brigitte Groves (FV50) - 3:17:35
Because of the length of time since the last round up it is an impossible task to list all the Personal Bests since November but monthly round ups will be back at the end of April and all PBs can be seen listed in the Race Results. However it is worth welcoming two of our newer members who both ticked off a Half Marathon PB at Liverpool.
Baz Aveyard: 1.48.24
Robert Beech: 1.35.07
William Shippin tops the Grand Prix leader board having added an impressive collection of 4 PBs by the end of March.
But it is not all about speed, sometimes it is about sheer determination and strength, this must go to another of our newer members Sally Ford on her completion of the Centurion Thames Path 100..yes that is a 100 miles! Having ditched Matt Dunn when he was enticed off course around 82 miles by a bacon roll, Sally went on to storm the last 20 miles alone on what was an extremely cold weekend.
The full results can be found here.
Well done to all four who took part and special congratulations to Alex.
It would be good if any of you would share your race day experiences on the forum.