Ever sat watching The Masters or The PGA Tour and wondered how a running handicap might work? Perhaps you rank yourself up their with the Rory Mcilroy’s and Michelle Wie’s of the golfing world.
From 5th March onwards, the results of all runbritain-licensed road events (including parkruns) will appear in full on the runbritainrankings.com website each week and will rank your running handicap! For the first time, they will have a final additional column alongside your result, detailing your percentage improvement or increase in your runbritiain handicap score from that race result. All will be concealed by a running clock – simply click it to uncover!
The runbritain handicap score works like a golf handicap. It ranges from scratch to 36.00 and changes every time you complete a runbritain licensed event, including parkruns. Mo Farah currently tops the runbritain National Running Ladder with Minus 6.7. and Gemma Steel is the leading woman with minus 2.6.
Regular racing is rewarded in the weighting of the score and you don’t have to run a personal best time to improve. If it was a hilly, windy or multi-terrain course, this will be factored in, with a degree of difficulty attributed to the net score.
To claim your runbritain handicap score it’s completely free. Your biog page will tell you your best distance and your position on the National Running Ladder. The biog even gives you a head-to-head comparison with other runners and your ranking by age band and region.
When your results appear online next month all you have to do is ‘click your clock’ on the results sheet to find out your percentage improvement or increase in that race. The top 10 leaderboard will be displayed until the competition closes at precisely 12 noon each Wednesday from 4th March until October. The most improved runner by percentage will win a Polar FT4 heart rate monitor.
runbritain handicap score by numbers
7.3 Nell McAndrew’s runbritain handicap score this month
11.5 BBC newsreader Sophie Raworth’s current score
14.6 James Cracknell’s score (he hasn’t raced as regularly as Sophie)
28.3 TV presenter Jenni Falconer’s current score
29.1 BBC presenter Sian Williams’s current score
3,479 number of road races, plus all parkruns licensed and insured in UK through runbritain in 2014
51,985 number of runbritain handicap scores claimed at end of Feb 2015
198,174 number of runners listed on the runbritain National Running Ladder
3.7 million – number of finishers in runbritain licensed events in UK in 2014, including parkruns