We hold four winter handicap road races and five summer handicap trail races. These are an ideal way of checking out your running performance throughout the year.
The winter handicap starts in the Peter Driver car park by the disabled parking bay and takes a five-mile mainly flat route via Pine Grove, Gravel Road, Corringway, Queen’s Road, Velmead Road, Kings Road, Albany Road, Connaught Road and Aldershot Road and finishes by the lamp post in Pine Grove just past the end of Gravel Road, which is about 0.5 mile from the club hut.
The summer handicap starts and finishes outside the club hut on the Peter Driver Field and follows a 5.8-mile circular undulating route along established tracks across the army ground, which pass close to Caesar’s Camp at its highest point.
There are annual awards to the male and female club members who score the highest combined score for winter and summer races.
Runners are set of at handicap times based on their previous time for the course or if they are doing the race for the first time it will be based on their time for a recent 10k race. Each race has a ‘scratch time’, which is time that the slowest runner is expected to take.
So for each runner, the handicap time (i.e. the elapsed time from starting the race to setting the individual runner off) is the scratch time minus the previous time for the race. E.g. for the summer handicap the scratch time is 63 minutes so a runner completing the previous race in 53 minutes would have a handicap of 10 minutes. The winter handicap has a scratch time of 50 minutes.
Races 4, 5 & 6 of the 2020/21 Winter Handicap Series are virtual challenges; details of which are posted via links on the calendar and home page. We have held more ‘races’ this winter to take us through the Covid 19 lockdown period and keep runners motivated.
The Summer Handicap series started in April 2021.
Results of the first four Summer Handicap Races in 2021 held on 22nd April, 20th May, 17th June & 15th July are here:
The last race in this summer’s series will be held on Thursday 19th August.
The final winter handicap results for 2020/21 are here:
The overall points for the 2020/21 Winter Handicap season are here: Please note that the scoring reflects changes introduced under Covid restrictions.
Scoring is as follows and is based on finish order.
|Scratch Time & Under||2|
|Finished / Junior||1|
The summer handicap route starts and ends at the club house and is an off-road event taking in much of the army ranges. The full route is below. (Click on the image for a larger version).
The winter handicap is run on well lit paths around Fleet. It starts in the Peter Driver car park and finishes at a lamp post near the corner on Pine Grove. The full route is below. (Click on the image for a larger version).