Each year there are two Handicap Runs for Club Members. These are the:
New Years Day Handicap.
Our traditional New Year’s Day Handicap run starts and finishes by the Lord Nelson Public House on the edge of Wantage. The first runner sets off at 11am.
Each and every harrier has the opportunity to compete on a level footing. Each runner is given a handicap time based on a recent 5k or 10k time. The slower runners start first, the speedier runners start later (some much later)
Specific Details for Virtual Club Handicap on 1st January 2022:
Rather than a separate event for the 2022 New Years Day Handicap Harriers were encouraged to participate in Grove Fields parkrun. (Being a Saturday the parkrun will run as usual, starting at 9am). After the event a calculation was made – based mainly on previous Grove Fields parkrun performances – to find out who would have won a staggered start handicap race over the parkrun course.
Distance about 4 miles. Follow the track and then road through West Lockinge to the T-junction in Lockinge. Turn right. Follow the road up the hill and left in front of the monument. After the church the road sweeps down to the left then bears right, Immediately after this right turn as the road starts to climb take the left fork up a private road. When this meets the lane at the top carry straight ahead and follow the road past Ardington Sports club into the village of Ardington. In Ardington turn left. Follow that road to a T-junction. However, at this point follow the track straight ahead. After a few hundred yards this rejoins the outbound route. Turn right and retrace your steps to the finish.
See the link here for course map.
Cross Country Handicap.
2022 – Tuesday 26th July. 7pm Sparsholt Firs.
The 2022 event was held on a lovely summer’s evening. Thanks to Neil McColl for working out the handicaps and results.
The handicap runs every year to provide each and every senior & masters Harrier with the opportunity to compete on a level footing, and even win some silverware!
Each runner is given a handicap time as indicated above this is based on a recent performance. The slower runners start first, the speedier runners start later (some much later). The first runner will be set off at 7pm.
The race starts at Sparsholt Firs, by the B4001 Lambourn Road, and takes an undulating 5.5 mile route around the Ridgeway. A link to the venue is here. A map of the course can be seen here. Note that the start is on a small road off the B4001 and the finish is on the Ridgeway Path. It is not quite a full loop. This is run in an ant-clockwise direction. Please familiarize yourself with this. On the day there will only be some very limited marking of the course.
Details of the Start and Finish Positions
These details were added when the event was run as a virtual competition in 2020 but have been left here as they apply to the ‘real’ event too..
- The start is on the small road off the B4001. Start by the sign attached to the fence as shown in the picture below.
- The finish is at the Restricted Byway sign at point you reach the car park – again as shown in the pictures below.