Claim your handicap and check your weekend result

Manchester Half Marathon (Tim Waterworth copyright)

Did you race this weekend on the road, trails or cross country?  Most of the results are in and it's time to check your handicap score and your ladder position.

It was another big weekend with large events happening all over the country. From results already in, the biggest races this weekend were:

Great Birmingham Half Marathon - 13,079 finishers

Aldi Manchester Half Marathon - 8,478 finishers

Great West Half Marathon - 2,134 finishers * Awaiting full data

Cabbage 10 - 1,450 finishers* Awaiting usable data

?Cambridge Town and Gown 10K - 1,320 finishers

Chiltern XC League - 1,235 finishers

The Great Birmingham Half Marathon, which was aired on Channel 5, took the runners past some of Birmingham's most famous landmarks and venues including The Bull Ring, Cadbury World and Edgbaston Cricket Ground. Andy Vernon (handicap -6.5) won the race in 63:32 and, in so doing, took 0.1 from his handicap score with Chris Thompson (handicap -6.9) also shaving 0.1 from his score by taking 2nd place, just 22 seconds back. Elizeba Cherono was the first woman home with a time of 73:23.

The runners in the  inaugural Manchester Half Marathon had to contend with a morning shower but with hundreds of spectators lining the route, an array of live music and a flat, fast course, thousands were motivated to achieve reduced handicap scores and personal best times. There was a huge fundraising effort too with Damieon Pickles (handicap 33.1) from Greater Manchester Police pushing a wheelbarrow and being one of many raising cash. An army of fancy-dress bananas from headline sponsor, Aldi, were also our in force. The race was won by Adam Hickey (handicap -5.5) in 64:41. He was chased home by Matt Bond (handicap -5.1) who reduced his handicap score by 0.1 and recorded 64:46 on the clock. Rebecca Murray (handicap -0.2) also took 0.1 from her score when she won the women's race in 72:59.

Did you race this weekend? By training and racing regularly your runbritain profile will maintain a healthy score and if you plan to peak for a target race, we hope you will improve it by a significant amount and make your way up the National Ladder. Don't forget that the National Ladder not only ranks you in the UK overall but by gender, age and postcode too.

Photo - Manchester Half Marathon copyright Tim Waterworth