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/2nd January 2021:
The 2021 New Years Day Handicap was a virtual event with no organised start. Runners completed the usual course as detailed below on either the 1st or 2nd January. The previous two virtual events during 2020 were used to calculate the handicaps. Runners were requested to maintain social distancing before and respect the Covid Tier rules as well as allowing others space as parts of the course can be busy. The course was marked with flour arrows.
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.
2020 – Virtual Event. Monday 29th June to Sunday 12th July.
Owing to the Coronavirus epidemic the 2020 annual Cross-Country Handicap was a virtual event. Competitors ran the course anytime between Monday 29th June and Sunday 12th July inclusive.
The course map is linked below. This is run in an ant-clockwise direction. I added some additional information to specify exactly where the start and finish are (rather than the usual arrangement of it being where those officiating are standing.)
For 2020 Handicaps were calculated using the results of the virtual 10k and/or the 5 mile loop (virtual motivation on 30/4) along with the Goring 10K results previously run. For anyone who had not participated in any of these a best 10K or 5K times from the last 12 months was used.
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 based on a recent 5k or 10k time. The slower runners start first, the speedier runners start later (some much later).
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.
Details of the Start and Finish Positions
This has been added specifically for the virtual running of this event in 2020.
- 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.