Stowmarket Striders
Running Club

Club Championships

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 Results pending
Race 2 30th May Results pending
Race 3 27th June Results pending
Race 4 18th July Results pending
Race 5 8th August Results pending
Race 6 29th August Winners announced at Christmas Party!

CLUB CHAMPIONSHIP RESULTS AFTER RACE 2

 

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
1 10
2 8
3 6
4 4
5 2
6 1

In addition to this, there are Position Loading for those who finish 1st, 2nd or 3rd.

Postition % Load
1st 1
2nd 0.5
3rd 0.25

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 Scoring

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.

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

2013

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
1992   Richard Jordan
1991   Chris Starmer
1990   Chris Starmer
1989   R Kemp