What is the handicap?
A 3.5 (Winter) or 3.1 (Summer) mile against the clock and other club members every month, with start times handicapped based on your previous performance
Why do the handicap
- You get accurate times to chart your progress
- It’s sociable and you get to compare yourself with others, which provides useful pacing guidance for real races
- You get to complain about your start time to the marshal for the evening
- You can win a big prize at the Christmas party and earn the respect or suspicion of your club friends
- It’s a handicap which means it is handicapped to your time, so it is totally fair, so you can take on the rest of the club
- You get faster if you do them, and that’s got to be a least partly the point.
The handicap takes place on the second Wednesday of each month (except January), just turn up at the usual time and collect a race number from the timekeepers.
- The 1st person back gets as many points as there are runners. Each subsequent runner will get 1 less point, so if there were 40 runners, 1st would get 40, 2nd 39 … all the way back to the last person back who gets 1 point.
- You get half points (half the number of runners) the 1st time you mentor or help timekeeping
Our winter route is a 3.5m circuit on the roads around the perimeter of Beckenham Place park, starting and finishing outside Beckenham Sports Club.
Our summer route is 5Km (3.1 miles) with 2 x 2Km laps within Beckenham Place park, and finishing outside Beckenham Sports Club.