Claim your handicap and you may be the 100,000th to do so!

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Did  you race over the weekend? We are looking for our 100,000th hanidcap claimant - could it be YOU?!

The runbritain hanidcap scoring system is now in its tenth year with an annual average of almost 10,000 signing up to the system that tracks race and parkrun performances and gives every runner in the UK a handicap score that reflects fitness and commitment levels. If you haven't yet claimed your score, don't delay as we are very close to hitting the 100,000 mark and it could be you!

With fewer big races last weekend, there were fewer opportunities to record a performance but we still had new handicap claimants.

The race that saw the highest numbers, at the weekend, was the Conwy Half Marathon with 2771 performances recorded. 

Conwy Half Marathon

- 2,771

Gosport Half Marathon

 - 1,667

Derby 10

 - 1,623*

St Neots Riverside Half Marathon  

- 1,513*

Brighton 10K  

- 1,498*

Matthew Walker Heanor 10K

- 1,093*

* Provisional results  

Adelle Tracey (handicap -1.5) and Matt Crehan (handicap -5.2) ran the fastest parkrun times in the UK with Grace Carson (handicap 0.8) the fastest under 20 female.

800m specialist Adelle Tracey was the fastest female UK parkrun time with 16:58 at Cheltenham for a 15 second improvement.  Tracey clocked a PB of 1:59.86 in the last year’s European Championships and finished 4th in the final.

Junior runner, Grace Carson was this week’s second fastest female running 17:11 at Braunstone. Carson has a 3000m PB of 9:31.56, which ranks her 3rd U20 in the runbritain rankings. The Northern Irish athlete is also ranked 3rd in the U20 5000m with her PB of 16:33.89.

Matt Crehan tops the men's times this week after his 15:14 at St Helens. The St Helens Sutton man is in great form after recent results that returned a PB at the Manchester Half Marathon where he finished in 65:33.

The number of handicap sign-ups per year showed a peak of 13,264 in 2012. With six more racing weekends to complete this year, we can hit our target for 2019 and are heading towards a total of 100,000 since we began.

Some of the benefits of the runbritain handicap scoring system:

1.     It’s a unique handicap system for running. Just like golf you get a handicap from 0.0 – 36.0 giving runners of all abilities the chance to benchmark their progress and compare their results across a range of terrains and distances. The score automatically updates each time you race (once you have claimed) and rewards regular racing as well as automatically factoring in a degree of difficulty on races that are multi-terrain, hilly or windy.

2.     You can be a part of the European Athletics Innovation Award winning #clickyourclock competition. This competition rewards runners who reduce their handicap score. The competition runs from March - October each year. In 2017, #clickyourclock was presented with the overall prize for innovation at the prestigious European Athletics Golden Tracks awards night,

3.     You can be part of the National Running Ladder and check out where your handicap puts you compared to every other runner in the UK, e.g. does your 5k time put you higher than your friend’s half marathon and marathon times?

4.     You can check out where your handicap puts you in your age group and postcode.

5.     You can find out where your times put you in the official UK road rankings 

6.     You can watch your progress graph rise and check out head-to-heads with your training partners.

All the information you need is on the runbritain rankings site. Sign up today and see if you can be our 100,000th claimant!