Will you be our 70,000th handicap claimant?

The runbritain rankings system

Are you racing this weekend? Claim your handicap and you may be number 70,000!

With fewer big races last weekend, there were fewer opportunities to record a performance but we still had 111 new handicap claimants.

The race that saw the highest numbers, at the weekend, was the Conwy Half Marathon with 2408 performances recorded. Run Tatton also attracted high numbers with 1365 in the half marathon  and another 1300 in the 10k.

The runbritain hanidcap scoring system was launched just over six 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 five more racing weekends to complete this year, we have almost hit 10,000 for 2016 and are very close to a total of 70,000 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 month, #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 if you can be our 70,000th claimant!