We hold four winter handicap road races and four summer handicap trail races. These are an ideal way of checking out your running performance throughout the year.

The winter handicap starts in Beacon Hill Road by the Peter Driver Field and takes a five-mile mainly flat route via Pine Grove, Gravel Road, Corringway, Queen’s Road, Velmead Road, Kings Road, Albany Road and Aldershot Road and finishes in Gravel Road by the lamp post just past the Pine Grove junction, 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.

Latest Winter Handicap Results 2019/20 season

Scoring is as follows and is based on finish order.

                                                        

Rule  Points
1st place 8
2nd place 6
3rd place 5
4th place 4
5th place 3
Scratch Time & Under 2
Finished / Junior 1
4-race bonus 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 on the roadside next to the club hut 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).