The details of the Stowmarket Friday 5 Junior Races are now available. Memento for all finishers! Full details here.
The Club Championships handicap races are usually held every last Tuesday of the month, starting in April/May during the British Summer Time, at 7:00pm 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, V65, V70
1st Female V35, V40, V45, V50, V55, V60, V65
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 2018 Club Championships
|Race 1||1st May|
|Race 2||29th May|
|Race 3||26th June|
|Race 4||17th July|
|Race 5||7th August|
|Race 6||28th August|
2017 Club Champions
|Female Category||Winner||Male Category||Winner|
|1st Female||Becky Jack||1st Male||Andy Hayward|
|2nd Female||Laura Brown||2nd Male||Gavin Boag|
|3rd Female||Helen Cain||3rd Male||Jason Allard|
|Female Junior||Kate Heeks||Male Junior||Alfie Larke|
|Female Senior||Pippa Sargent||Male Senior||Alex Hobbs|
|Female V35||Claire Keefe||Male V40||Richard Leeder|
|Female V40||Lorraine Mills||Male V45||Chris Seymour|
|Female V45||Angela Burdett||Male V50||Bob Reason|
|Female V50||Jo Stephenson||Male V55||Andrew Webber|
|Female V55||Debbie McDowell||Male V60||Don Beatty|
|Female V60||Jean Lynch-Aird||Male V65||David Loades|
|Female V65||Sue Moggan||Male V70||Peter Gay|
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|
|2017||Becky Jack||Andy Hayward|
|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|