Neil Whipp is our 80,000th handicap claimant!

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Neil Whipp is the latest and 80 000th runner to register for  our scheme that rewards  performances with a handicap score (similar to the system used in golf). Your handicap score reflects your running performances, taking into consideration the conditions, distance and difficulty of the courses you run.  

Neil Whipp (handicap 10.5) from Wesham is our 80 000th runbritain handicap claimant. He claimed his handicap after running 21:49 at the Lytham Hall parkrun. We're sure that Neil will be reducing his handicap score in the near future with an active club like Wesham in the North West of England!

The handicap scoring scheme, which has been in operation since September 2010, gives every runner in runbritain licensed road races a personal handicap score. 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.

Here are four great reasons to get involved:

1. It’s a unique handicap system for running. Just like golf you get a handicap from -6.8 (Mo Farah's current score) to 36.0 giving runners of all abilities the chance to benchmark their progress and compare their results across a range of terrains and distances

2. 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?

3. Be part of the #clickyourclock competition and be in with a chance of winning a Polar A300 Fitness and Activity Tracker if your score improves - it’s free to enter too!

4. Find out where your times put you in the official UK road rankings

The good news is that you can improve your handicap score even if you don’t break your PB. All racing distances are covered.

All the information you need is on the runbritain rankings site.

Well done Neil - We look forward to seeing how low you can go with your score!

If you haven't already done it, claim your handicap score without delay by registering here.