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)
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.
In 2022 New Year’s Day fell on a Saturday. Instead of a separate handicap race the runners participated in the local Grove Fields parkrun after which a set of simulated handicap results were produced.
See the link here for course map.
Cross Country Handicap.
2023 – Thursday 13th July. 7pm Sparsholt Firs.
The 2023 event was held on a lovely summer’s evening. The organising team were: Neil McColl, Gareth Smith, Rachel Smith, Pete Gillam, Richard Jegou. Special mention to Alan Rixon on “recovery” duty.
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.