We hold six 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 route of the winter handicap has been changed and trialled to assess its safety and suitability for future races. The 5-mile route now starts and finishes in Newton Drive alongside the Church Crookham Community Centre car park on Crookham Park.
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 off 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 62 minutes so a runner completing the previous race in 52 minutes would have a handicap of 10 minutes. The winter handicap has a scratch time of 50 minutes.
The planned dates for the 2023/4 Winter Handicap Series are:
12th October 2023
16th November 2023
14th December 2023
18th January 2024
15th February 2024
14th March 2024
The results for the first & second races in the 23/24 series using the new route starting & finishing in Crookham Park held on Thursday 12th October & 16th November are here:
The Summer 2023 Handicap Series has now concluded.
The results for the 5 races, held on 27th April, 18th May, 22nd June, 20th July & 24th August are here:
The scores for the 5 races are here:
The best times for the participants are here:
The previous Winter Handicap Series was concluded in March 2023
The results for all five races, held on 20th October, 17th November, 26th January,16th February & 16th March respectively, are here:
The points table for the Winter Series is here:
Congratulations to Ryan who sped his way to first place with 23 points, Nick coming in second place with 19 points closely followed by Kevin & Tim in joint third place with 18 points each.
Watch this space for the start of our Summer Handicap 2023 Series!
The Summer 2022 Handicap Series that started in April is now complete
The results for all the races are here:
The summer handicap points score is here:
The Winter Handicap Series started in October 2021
The results for all 7 races held on 7th / 21st October, 18th November, 9th December 2021, 20th January, 17th February & 10th March 2022 respectively are here:
The points table to date is here:
Congratulations to Stevyn who romped away to first place with 42 points, Nick coming in second place with 27 points closely followed by Jamie & Ian D in joint third place with 22 points each.
The Summer Handicap series started in April 2021.
Results of the all five Summer Handicap Races in 2021 held on 22nd April, 20th May, 17th June, 15th July & 19th Aug. are here:
The final winter handicap results for 2020/21 (noting that Races 4, 5 & 6 of the 2020/21 Winter Handicap Series were virtual challenges) 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. The new route starts and finishes by the Church Crookham Community Centre on Crookham Park. Directions are here: (Note: image of route will be posted later).