Weekend races - large and small

BUPA Great North Run places still available

A great weekend of racing saw the biggest fields on the roads of Newcastle for various events.There were over 3000 athletes who completed the junior events, at the Great North Run, with an enormous 43 631 finishers of the main 21 kilometre event (half marathon distance). 

parkruns again featured big numbers with the Bushy parkrun topping 1200. Some of the other big parkrun events included Poole, Southampton, Bromley, Black Park and Sheffield Hallam.

For those looking for a more tranquil parkrun, the smaller events were at Fort William, Larne, Millom, Gainsborough, Cheadle Hulme and Drumchapel that  featured under 50 finishers.

parkrun results are here.

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

The top races from last weekend were:


SimplyHealth Great North Run

- 43,631 finishers 

SimplyHealth Junior Great North 4K

- 3,525 finishers 

City of Salford 10K 

- 2,391 finishers* 

Wigan 10K

- 2,330 finishers 

Bushy parkrun

- 1,288finishers 

Stratford's Big 10K

- 1,273 finishers 

*Provisional results

The runbritain handicap scoring system was launched just over eight years ago and each year there has been an 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.

The number of sign-ups per year show a peak of 13,264 in 2012. With many more racing weekends to complete this year, we are heading to a total of100,000 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. Last year, #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 log your training mileage, 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 your handicap improve as you target your fitness goals.

Remember there are numerous training programs to help you via our training wizard that will ask you to enter your target distance and your training load (easy, moderate, hard).