Weekend events arriving on our results pages with updated handicap scores

Sir Mo London Bridge

As already reported, the big news was another Mo Farah record-breaking win, which has resulted in a best ever handicap score of -8.6!  The biggest event in the UK was at the Cardiff Half Marathon and at the Chester Marathon, Mohammed Abu-Rezeq (handicap -4.6) was in winning form. 

Mo Farah (handicap -8.6) has scaled new heights with a handicap score well ahead of his nearest challenger Andy Vernon (handicap -6.7) and he may stay on top for a while longer, although his low racing frequency could open the door for those who compete more often like Chris Thompson (handicap -6.7)  and Jake Wightman (handicap -6.6).   

The MBNA Chester Marathon saw  Mohammed Abu-Rezeq (handicap -4.6) winning in 2:25:20 and as reported after his last victory in the Baxters Loch Ness Marathon, he has his sights on earning a place at the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games.  Joanna O'Regan (handicap 1.6) was in fine form with a 2:45:31 victory in the women's event.

Josh Trigwell (handicap -4.9) was in winning form in the Plymouth 10k  along with Marie Faithful in 36:12.

Paul Whittaker (handicap -3.1) and Kerry Holland (handicap -5.4)  were podium toppers at the Southend 10k Classic.

Many weekend events are now on our results page, with the biggest races listed below:  

Cardiff Half Marathon

- 18,978 finishers 

Virgin Sport Oxford Half Marathon   

- 8,647*finishers 

MBNA Chester Marathon

- 3,800*finishers 

Plymouth 10K

- 2,595finishers 

Bushy parkrun

- 1,540finishers 

Southend 10K Classic 

- 1,373finishers 

*Provisional results 


The runbritain handicap scoring system was launched a few 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 are heading towards a total of 100,000 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  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 programmes to help you via our training wizard that will ask you to enter your target distance, training focus and your training load (easy, moderate, hard).