Peter Martin leads November's Reward Running

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Peter Martin leads November’s edition of Reward Running - the final edition of the year - with just over one week to go.

A regular at the Frimley Lodge parkrun 5k, Martin has a best time for this month of 26:38, recorded on Saturday (17 November).

He started the month with a handicap of 32.22 and has reduced that to 25.30 to give him an impressive improvement of 6.92 and a clear lead ahead of second placed Matthew Hardcastle (handicap improvement 6.23).

Lloyd Reynolds, the previous leader, is currently in third with an improvement of 5.73, while first lady of the month Katherine Gane is in fourth overall, having reduced her handicap from 29.90 to 24.32 (5.58).

This is the final edition of Reward Running for 2012 and if you haven’t entered before, here are a few things you need to know...'s our free monthly competition where runners can win a prize if they reduce their handicap score by the largest number of points in the month. At the end of the month, the runners who are in the top 10 of the leaderboard that month will win a prize - an adidas miCoach for the winner, and Sennheiser headphones for the rest. For November we're also offering five bonus prizes (also Sennheiser headphones); four are random spot prizes, while the fifth, in a fitting celebration as we near the end of a year like no other, will be awarded to the 2012th finisher!

The Reward Running top 10 consists of the runners who have improved their handicap the most in that month (make sure you’ve claimed your free runbritain handicap first!), but within the top 10, one place is reserved for the most improved in each of the four handicap categories:

1: 5 or under

2: 6-12

3: 13-20

4: 21 or above

There is also one place reserved for the most improved runner that has run at least 10 races in the year before the competition month.

To sign up for Reward Running you must first have claimed your free runbritain handicap, and if you haven’t done so already, here are five great reasons to do that right now!

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 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. Having a handicap enables you to be part of ‘Reward Running’ (as described above!) and be in with a chance of winning an adidas mi-coach or Sennheiser headphones if your score shows the greatest improvement - it’s free to enter too

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

5. And finally...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.