04/04/17 Dove Stone Delight
02/05/17 The Edges
06/06/17 Wild Bank Waltz
04/07/17 Cross Keys Killer
08/08/17 Marsden March
05/09/17 Howard Hobble
03/10/17 Last Gasp
Each year the club runs a handicap series, these are run throughout the summer season and is designed to give everyone something to run for, anybody can win! They are with the exception of the final event, all run off road and are a mix of handicap and mass starts. Each run is followed by food, drink and banter at a local hostelry or club members house. At the end of the year there will be an overall winner of the series and the beauty is it can be anyone, from the fastest to the… less fast members of the club!
How it works – one of life’s great mysteries! 😉
A handicap start is a staggered start where the runners are set off in intervals progressing from slower to faster runners, you then have to try and catch the runners in front of you and stay ahead of those chasing you from behind! Once everyone has finished, the times are adjusted to take account of your handicap and then points are allocated starting from 50 points for the winner, 49 for 2nd, 48 for 3rd etc etc… Where the course is slightly longer / slower we do on occasion do a mass start to ensure that everyone gets back before it gets dark.
There are 7 handicaps over the course of the summer, you need to complete 4 to qualify and we take your best 4 scores to give an overall total which is used to decide the handicap winner for the season.
After every run, your handicap is adjusted depending on whether you have finished ahead or behind your expected position, this ensure that you start in an appropriate position at the next run. If you are a new member and have never run a handicap before you are given an estimated start position and at the next run you will have an official handicap time.
This year's event details
04/04 Dove Stone Delight 100% 1900Tanners Mill – End of private road OL3 7NH
02/05 The Edges 130% 19.00pm Dovestones Sailing Club, OL3 7NE
06/06 Wild Bank Waltz 130% 19.00pm SD 991 008, Carrbrook
04/07 Cross Keys Killer 80% 19.15pm Cross Keys Inn, OL3 6LW
08/08 Marsden March 130% 19.15pm Great Western Inn, HD7 6NL
05/09 Howard Hobble 90% 19.00pm Ogden Reservoir, OL16 3TQ
03/10 Last Gasp 100% 19.15pm Saddleworth Cricket Club, OL3 7HY