Club 5k Handicap - Directions

Handicap winners (men)

2015 - Brad Ehlen
2014 - Chris Smethurst
2013 - Eric Pendleton
2012 - Allan Bird
2011 - Dillon Alcock
2010 - Robin Greenwood
2009 - Eric Pendleton
2008 - John Dooley
2007 - Richard Ridings
2006 - Mat Rimmington
2005 - Jonathan Cahm
2004 - Richard Ridings
2003 - Paul McGuigan
2002 - Jeff Ashton
2001 - Graham Caldwell
2000 - Rob McHarry
1999 - Ian Pudge
1998 - Chris McCarthy
1997 - Chris McCarthy
1996 - Les Hewitt
1995 - John Morris
1994 - D. Demet
1993 - Martin Dugdale
1992 - Alistair Couper
1991 - Neil Franklin
1990 - T. Cowan
1989 - G. Walsh
1988 - Martin Dugdale
1987 - Rob Rutter

5k Handicap [Striders members only]

NEXT HANDICAP: Thursday 30-Aug-2018

Meet between 6:30pm & 6:45pm, race at 7pm

 


Event information

Please note that this is a closed event for Spectrum Striders RC club members only (plus a few invited guests).

The start is at Birchwood railway station.  The finish is on the other side of the Birchwood Centre, on the path near the rear of the Birchwood Tennis Centre.

Please arrive in good time so that we can get the numbers issued in time for the first runners to be off at 7pm.

Runners will be meeting afterwards at the Peacock pub.


Pre-registration

Please give advance noticeIf there's any possibility that you may run, please register in advance that you might come along.  Send in a recent 5k or 10k race time so that you can get a handicap.

This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it to send in your 5k or 10k time.  Please send in your e-mail by midnight on Sunday 26-Aug-2018.

This does not commit you to run!  So you don't have to turn up if you register.

If you don't register in advance then you may not get a handicap placing although your time will be recorded.  You will start in the "red start" or "blue start".

In the past a large number of people turned up on the night without prior warning, which made handicapping & organisation very difficult, which is why we have asked for pre-registration.

Race information

The 5k Handicap is run on a summer training night.  We normally meet at 6:45pm (latest) in the car park at Birchwood railway station so that we can get the numbers issued, before the first runners go off at 7pm.

As usual, if we don't know about you in advance, then you can race but you won't get an official handicap place.  However you will be timed.

  • If you have registered in advance, then you will be allocated a handicap start time and you will be part of the handicap.
  • If you haven't registered in advance, there will be a "red start" time for the slower runners (about 10 mins after the first runner) and a "blue start" for the faster runners.  But you will get a finish time!

Please note:

  • If you have run with the Beginners Training Initiative and haven’t yet run a race, you are still welcome to run the Handicap.
  • If you’ve done any of the 5k series, the Christleton 5k or our Ladies 5k we may already have your time but would still like you to register.

How it works

For those who have not done this race before, the slowest runners start first followed at regular intervals by faster runners, with the fastest runners starting last.  If the handicapper gets it right, everyone will finish at almost the same time!

Starting from the 2012 race, if you turn up on the night without registering in advance, you will be put in one of two starts - the "red" start for slower runners or the "blue" start for faster runners.  Runners in the red & blue starts will be timed but will not get a handicap placing.

The route was properly measured during the 2000's and counts for Club standards, Club records and Club Road Championship points.  A route map & route details are at the bottom of the page.

Even if you are a "back of the pack" runner, do give it a try.  It's your chance to actually win a race!  There is a trophy for first man and first woman, and they are rarely won by the quicker runners as they get fair (but challenging) handicaps.


2018 race on Thursday 30-Aug-2018 at 7pm

Many thanks to Linda Owen for organising the handicap.  Many thanks to all of the marshals & helpers.

Thanks to all of the runners who registered in advance again this year.  It makes the organisation so much easier on the night.

Congratulations to Liz Whitfield (1st Female) and Paul Harrop (1st Male)


2015 race on Thursday 16-Jul-2015 at 7pm

Many thanks to Janet & David Redpath for once again organising the handicap.  Many thanks to all of the marshals & helpers.

Thanks to all of the runners who registered in advance again this year.  It makes the organisation so much easier on the night.


2014 race on Tuesday 15-Jul-2014 at 7pm

Many thanks to Janet & David Redpath for once again organising the handicap.  Many thanks to all of the other helpers, no less than 21 of them!

Thanks to all of the runners who registered in advance again this year.  It makes the organisation so much easier on the night.


The winners were Mel Pownall and Chris Smethurst.

The fastest runners on the night were Luisa Candioli and Chris Millington.

Anne Fortune's time of 25:45 broke her own Club LV60 record of 26:10 set at the Forest Park Ladies 5k on 2-Jul-2014 by 25 sec. 

Les Hewitt took a video of the finish, which has been uploaded to Youtube.  Add 33:50 to the video time stamp and you get the approximate race time.


2013 race on Tuesday 9-Jul-2013

Many thanks to Janet & David Redpath for once again organising the handicap.

Many thanks to all of the helpers – Anne & Les Hewitt, Michelle Bradley, Emily Sinkinson, Marie Alcock, Kit Whitfield, Peter Haley, Angela Bradley, Chris Millington, Dave Hudd, Pat Dooley, Peter Haley.

Thanks to all of the runners who registered in advance this year.  It makes the organisation so much easier on the night.

This is a race in the 30th Anniversary Club Grand Prix, a series of races celebrating the 30th Anniversary of Spectrum Striders RC in 2013.

The winners were Jackie Faulder and Eric Pendleton.

The fastest runners on the night were Liz Whitfield and Adam Leadbetter.

Les Hewitt took a video of the finish, which has been uploaded to Youtube.  Add 32:35 to the video time stamp and you get the approximate race time.



2012 race on Tuesday 10-Jul-2012 from 7pm

Many thanks to Janet & David Redpath for once again organising the handicap.

The handicapping was again pretty accurate as 36 of the 42 runners finished in a window of just 2 min 17 secs!

Many thanks to all of the helpers – Anne & Les Hewitt,  Christine & John Ramsdale, Michelle & Bill Bradley, Marie Alcock, Kit Whitfield, Peter Haley, Angela Bradley, Chris Millington, Mick Charman, Pat Dooley, Julia Coles, Linda Owen, Sheree Hand, Dave Thompson.  Apologies if we've missed anyone out.

Thanks to all of the runners for registering in advance this year.  It made the organisation so much easier on the night.


The winners were Heather Garland and Allan Bird.

The fastest runners on the night were Liz Whitfield and Chris Dawson.

Les Hewitt took a video of the finish, which has been uploaded to Youtube.  Add 36 mins to the video time stamp and you get the approximate race time.

Also, Chris Millington was taking photos.



2011 race on Tuesday 12-Jul-2011 from 7pm

The total of 60 runners was easily the largest field we've had in the history of the event, which was first run in 1987.  We have not had over 50 runners before.

Major thanks to Janet & David Redpath for organising the event.  A large number of people turned up on the night without prior warning this year, which made handicapping & organisation very difficult.

Thanks to all of the marshals & helpers: Louise Dempster, Steve Martin, Carol Stynes, Angela Bradley, Steve Pickford, Anne & Les Hewitt, Michelle & Bill Bradley & Matthew, John Owen, Julia Coles, Claire Bursnoll, John Ramsdale - if I've missed anyone out I apologise!  Also, thanks to Barry Allman & Robin Greenwood who offered to give up their run to marshal if we were short of marshals.


The winners were Alison Astles and Dillon Alcock.

The fastest runners on the night were Liz Whitfield and Mike Welsby.

Les Hewitt took a video of the finish, which has been uploaded to Youtube.  Add 33 mins to the video timestamp and you get the approximate race time.


Race route

To see the route in Google Maps so that you can zoom in on particular parts of it, click here.

Handicap route in Google Maps

The route goes along the pavement from the Birchwood Railway Station, turning right after about 150 yards along the Brook Park.  At about 1¼ miles, enter the Forest Park under the subway, then bear right and run round the top of the Forest Park on the footpath past the Ranger Centre, then return towards the school in the opposite direction to the Summer Muster.

At about 2½ miles, go straight on through "Red Square", straight on over the footbridge, then bear right on the path (not left towards the walled garden).  Turn left at the underpass onto the footpath up the hill towards Birchwood High School.  On the other side of the footbridge, instead of going down the steps into the school, bear left at the rear of the school staying on the path and down to the finish.

Handicap winners (women)

2015 - Jane Pownall
2014 - Mel Pownall
2013 - Jackie Faulder
2012 - Heather Garland
2011 - Alison Astles
2010 - Linda Owen
2009 - Linda Owen
2008 - Phoebe Dickinson
2007 - Kate Blackie
2006 - Shelley Walsh
2005 - Beth Chamberlain
2004 - Janet Robertson
2003 - Amanda Smith
2002 - Anne Wilkinson
2001 - Janet Redpath
2000 - Lauren Dugdale
1999 - Jessica Pritchard
1998 - Jessica Pritchard
1997 - Rosie Dutton
1996 - Sue Southern
1995 - Bev Rothwell
1994 - G. Clarke
1993 - Gill Demet
1992 - Sue Southern
1991 - J. Franklin
1990 - Bev Garnett
1989 - P. Stevens
1988 - C. Bailey
1987 - S. Heard