Harlow Running Club

Road & Cross Country Running (UKA 2658068)

Club Handicap

Handicap Rules & Guide

Handicap Calculations

The calculations are made as follows:

Race times from certified races of 10K or less run in the 6 months before the handicap event date are normalised for the race distance using a with a reigal formula:


The race used as a base for the next handicap time is then selected in the following order:

The previous handicap race (including prologue)
The current handicap series (including prologue)
A certified race of 10K or less in the previous 6 months previous to the handicap race

The predicted race time for this race is then extrapolated to the distance for the handicap race using the same reigal as above formula used to find the best race.

If you think there is an issue with the race used or you think you should be listed, then please contact harlowrc@gmail.com ASAP.

Race Scores

Runners set off in groups of similar ability based on the their predicted time and their race time is recorded
Race time is compared to predicted time in terms of a % of predicted time
Runners are placed in order of % improvement (smallest first) - this means that a slower runner will have to improve on their predicted time by much more than someone with a faster time for the same score.
Runners without a verified predicted time will score last place +1 - this is to prevent situations where a first time runner can adversely effect the scores should a very inaccurate predicted time be used for them. Once they have run, then they will have a time that can be used for subsequent races.

Series Scoring

Runners scores for their best 4 races are added together with the smallest overall score to giving a male and female winner according to the following criteria:

A runner must have completed a minimum of 4 races
A runner must have raced each of the 3 distances

Individual Races

To help the event run smoothly, the organisers ask the following:

  1. Please familiarise yourself with the route - maps are on the website via links below!
  2. Please check your start times so you do not miss your group.
  3. Those who are not full members should make themselves known to the organisers and DO NOT go through the finish.
  4. If you are running 'slow' as a training run or to accompany another runner, please DO NOT go through the finish.

Important Announcements

RACE RULES: Members are reminded that it is now against UKA and BARR rules to swap race numbers WITHOUT permission from the race organisers.  If a runner of an affiliated event is found to be in breach of this rule, then the runner can be disqualified and further sanctions applied to both the runners and their clubs.

Sponsored Links

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Upcoming Events

Tuesday, Feb 13 at 7:30 PM - 8:30 PM
Tuesday, Feb 20 at 7:30 PM - 8:30 PM
Tuesday, Feb 27 at 7:30 PM - 8:30 PM
Tuesday, Mar 6 at 7:30 PM - 8:30 PM