Two days to go in October Reward Running

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With two days to go in October’s edition of Reward Running, Bob Allsopp (Harborough) has retained his lead with a handicap improvement of 5.38, but Henry Merriweather - who has taken part in the Glasgow parkrun every Saturday in October with a significant week on week improvement from 28:18 down to 25:49 on Saturday just past - has moved into second place with an improvement of 5.22, with Aimee Cook (Tyne Bridge) still holding onto third with 5.20.

With races few and far between now and the end of the month, the good news is that we’ve decided to extend Reward Running for one more month into November, so if you’ve missed out in October, you still have a chance to win an adidas mi-coach or a pair of Sennheiser headphones for finishing in the top ten of the leader board for the month or as a bonus prize winner!

You may think that the road running the road running scene is about to go quiet for the next few months, but you couldn’t be more wrong!

In addition to the numerous event listings on the runbritain event calendar, there are also a multitude of parkrun 5k events the length and breadth of the country which you can enter for free but will still help you lower your runbritain handicap (assuming you get quicker over time!)

So, if you haven’t entered Reward Running 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.

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.