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Training & advice

adidas mi-coach up for grabs

We are now tantilisingly close to welcoming our 30,000th runner to the handicap scoring system at runbritain and we have an adidas mi-coach ready to send out to him or her.

"miCoach" is a platform of devices and software that takes performance monitoring technology to the next level, while runbritain's revolutionary handicap scoring system (a bit like a golf handicap!) is designed to give road runners of all abilities the ability to benchmark their progress and compare their results across a range of distances and terrains.

miCoach collects your movement and cardio data during training or competition and helps you build a training plan specific to your sport and your goals, even offering audible coaching in real time. It lets you sync, share and compare your data online, wherever you are. So when you’re clocking up the miles, you can let the world know, right from the road, track or cross country!

Here are a few additional reasons to claim your free runbritain handicap!

  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’ (which runs from March to October – or through to November as it did in this 2012 bonus year) 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. Sign up today and you may just be our 30,000th claimant

Current handicap scores from some well-known runners

Olympic Champion in 5000m and 10,000m - Mo Farah - MINUS 5.9

Olympic 8th place in 5,000m and 10,000m - Julia Bleasdale - MINUS 2.1

Model, Nell McAndrew - 3.8

BBC newsreader, Sophie Raworth - 12.4

TV presenter, Jenni Falconer - 17.2