Every year, the running club runs a series of events called “The Handicaps” or time trials. These are great fun!
2 Mile Handicaps
We currently run the handicap races on the second Tuesday of each month. This means that they are completely optional and separate to the Wednesday club night. Runners set off at timed intervals and go round a 2 mile course. Each time you run, your setting off time is adjusted (to the second) with the aim that everyone will get to the finish line together. By halfway through the year, even the fastest and slowest runners are racing against each other on the final straight to get to the finish line first!
5 Mile Handicaps
Prior to the 2 mile handicaps, each year we organised a series of 3 5-mile handicap races on Wednesday nights.
Everyone runs a well marked, marshalled, flat 5 mile course, but they all set off in groups at different times (30 second intervals), slowest first. The idea is to set the times so that the fastest people catch the slowest just as they reach the finish line. You choose your time i.e. 10min/mile and run with a group of the same ability.
The first run of the series is always a bit of a guess for everyone, and the times runners have chosen aren’t very close. Some people are wildly optimistic, some wildly pessimistic, and some just want to run with friends. But for BVR members the start times for each of the following runs are based on the previous run, so the predictions get better and everyone finishes closer together.