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Summer parkrun Handicap

 Fri May 13 2016, 07:47am, 8 comments
Spice up your Saturdays with the return of our parkrun handicap series!

This is slightly different from the usual handicap races. For this event any parkrun on any of the five Saturdays from May 28 through to June 25 will count towards the competition.


For those who don’t know about parkruns (where have you been?): They are free, timed 5k runs at a park near you. Go to www.parkrun.org.uk to get registered. Once that is done enter your parkrun ID number by editing your Settings (just enter the numeric ID, not the leading letter), 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 (ignore the initial letter - just use the digits).


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 the start of the competition – If, and we hope this is the case, you improve on your handicap time during the 5 weeks your original handicap time will still stand for the duration of the competition.


If you have not registered a 5K time in the last 12 months - you better get out this weekend before the competition starts and register a time. 


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 will let you know before the start of the competition 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 as you like – Don’t forget your barcode! 


The Winner(s) 

Will be the runner with the best time, handicap adjusted, in any of the parkruns they have run in the qualifying period. 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 there will be small Uknetrunner prizes for the following categories.

  • Most parkruns visited during the 5 weeks. i.e. different parkrun locations.
  • Most consistent performer. This is for any runner who has ran at least 3 parkruns in the 5 weeks. Their 3rd best time will be used.
  • Best age-graded performance. The age-graded scores are listed against each performance on the parkrun website


What is my Handicap Time?


You will be able to see your handicap time nearer the start of the the competitiion, along with everyone else’s.