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The Club Championships handicap races are usually held every last Tuesday of the month, starting in April/May during the British Summer Time, at 7:30pm from the Mid-Suffolk Leisure Centre. This means that there are 6 handicap races a year. The course is a 2 lap urban 5k route, starting and finishing at the Leisure Centre.
The format of the race is not the conventional start together and finish staggered. Instead the start is staggered with the slower runners starting earlier araces to the line.
The winner of the Club Championships will be based upon their handicap race performance. Traditionally the winners are announced and awarded at the clubs annual Awards Christmas Party.
Prizes will be awarded for:-
1st, 2nd, & 3rd Men
1st, 2nd & 3rd Ladies
1st Male V40, V45, V50, V55, V60+
1st Female V35, V40, V45, V50+
The handicap race is kindly run by Chris Starmer every year. A few helpers are always welcome to marshal the course for safety and security reasons.
Dates for 2017 Club Championships
|Race 1||2nd May||Completed|
|Race 2||30th May||Completed|
|Race 3||27th June||Completed|
|Race 4||18th July||Completed|
|Race 5||8th August||Completed|
|Race 6||29th August||Winners announced at Christmas Party!|
2016 Club Champions
|Female Category||Winner||Male Category||Winner|
|1st Female||Kate Beer||1st Male||Matt Tomkins|
|2nd Female||Emma Attwood||2nd Male||Andre Neville|
|3rd Female||Vicki Hobbs||3rd Male||Don Beatty|
|Female Senior||Laura Brown||Male Junior||Alfie Larke|
|Female V35||No Qualifier||Male Senior||James Hayward|
|Female V40||No Qualifier||Male V40||Andrew Elliot|
|Female V45||Julia Moss-Erchart||Male V45||Nigel Bostock|
|Female V50||Debbie McDowell||Male V50||Steve Hughes|
|Female V55||Denise Robinson||Male V55||Iain Hunter|
|Female V60||nJean Lynch-Aird||Male V60||Stephen Mead|
|Female V65||Anne Fish||Male V65||Ron Ames|
Many congratulations to all our winners
Explanation of the Handicap System
The basic idea is to start runners off at staggered 15 second intervals so that all runners finish at the same time. This nearly always does not happen as some runners improve or have better days than others.
Points are awarded for finishing position and bonuses. The Strider with the highest accumulated score at the end of the year will be awarded the Club Championship. There will be a prize for the top Male and Female. Remember there are only 6 races a year, generally on the last Tuesday of each month between April and September.
|Race No||% Load|
In addition to this, there are Position Loading for those who finish 1st, 2nd or 3rd.
The loading is aggregated so that after a 1st place and a 3rd place, the runners start time will be increased by 1.25% and so on in any one year. The reasoning is to spread the opportunities for other runners to finish 1st, 2nd or 3rd.
Points are awarding in two categories, position and bonus.
Position points start simply at 20 for the winner, 19 for second place, 18 for third and so on down to a minimum of 1 point which everyone scores for completing a race.
Bonus points are awarded depending on how close a runner gets to their PB. As this is the start, many runners will be getting PB's but again, this will be settling down after the first year. If a runner equals or exceeds their PB, then a bonus of 12 is awarded. A time over 99% of their PB scores a bonus of 11, and so on down to 90% that scores a bonus of 2.
Runners top 5 races count towards their Championships score.
Please also note that the finishing times are aged-graded to a 5k time to ensure that veterans do not miss out on the bonus point awards.
There will always be debates on how to run and score a handicap race system and these rules may be changed subtly from time to time. However we hope they are reasonably fair to the runners, including veteran runners and also take into account the natural improvement of new runners. Any suggested changes are open to discussion and can be raised with Chris Starmer or any other committee member.
Club Champions past
|Year||Ladies Champions||Men's Champions|
|2016||Kate Beer||Matt Tomkins|
|2015||Yvonne Doe||Matt Tomkins|
|2014||Dianne Hughes||James Hayward|
|Dianne Hughes||Steve Pretty, Jason Allard & Peter Mills|
|2012||Angela Burdett||David Kaye|
|2011||Hollie Morris||Grayhame Fish|
|2010||Charmaine Geraghty||Neil Martin|
|2009||Jan Starmer||Dave Watt|
|2008||Jo Stephenson||Chris Seymour|
|2007||Naomi Hall||Jim Rossiter|
|2006||Charmaine Geraghty||David Scotford|
|2005||Penny Waggott||Anthony Reidy|
|2004||Lorraine Phillips||Les King|
|2003||Rachel Champion||Andrew Green|
|2002||Rosemary Thurston||Nick Stevens|
|2001||Katy Nash||Richard Nash|
|2000||Sue Seggar||Glenn Stephens|
|1999||Tamara Jordan||Paul Goldman|
|1998||Tamara Jordan||Nick Stephens|
|1997||Maria Reynolds||Malcolm Rendall|
|1996||Hilary Clarke||Paul Sparkes|
|1995||Anne Fellingham||Trevor Abbott|
|1994||Anne Fellingham||Les King|
|1993||Anne Fellingham||Peter Tricker|