BIG DEAL TRAINING 2012/2013 5k WINTER HANDICAP RACE SERIES

§ November 7th, 2012 § Filed under News Comments Off on BIG DEAL TRAINING 2012/2013 5k WINTER HANDICAP RACE SERIES

BIG DEAL TRAINING 2012/2013 5k WINTER HANDICAP RACE SERIES

 I am pleased to announce dates and times for a series of 5km races throughout the coming winter months.  If you’re interested in the detail, read this whole post.  If not, just read the next two lines beginning with ‘WHEN?’ and ‘WHERE?’, put them in your diary and turn up ready to race.
WHEN?… Thursday 29th November 7.00pm, Saturday 22nd December 10.00am, Thursday 17th January 7.00pm, Saturday 16th February 10.00am, Thursday 14th March 7.00pm.
WHERE?… All races start and finish in front of the Pavillion in Kidwells Park Maidenhead
COST… You can enter all 5 races and pay in advance for only £15, or enter one race at a time and pay £5.
THE ROUTE… The start and finish will always be just outside the Pavillion in Kidwells Park Maidenhead.  The course involves 3 laps of a ‘figure of 8’ circuit taking in a loop of the paths around Kidwells Park and another loop around the edge of roads to the north of the park (out on to Cookham Road, left on to Norfolk Road, left on to St. Lukes Road, left on to Marlow Road and then left and back in to the park at the council offices at 4 Marlow Road.  From that corner of the park, each lap then takes the most direct path back to the Pavillion where each lap ends.  The section outside the park involves no crossing of roads.
HOW DOES THE HANDICAP SYSTEM WORK?  I will start people off in groups based on their handicap time, or estimated finishing time if it is their first Big Deal Training 5k Handicap race.  The slowest runners will start at the beginning and the fastest runners will start last.  The starting group that a runner goes in will be determined by the nearest full minute to their handicap time…So, if their handicap time is 32m17s they will go in the same group as someone with a handicap time of 31m55s.
HOW IS A RUNNER’S HANDICAP TIME CALCULATED?  A runners handicap time is based on an average of their last 3 races, or 2 if they have only done 2, or their finishing time if they have only done 1.  For example, ‘Runner A’ has done 2 races.  Their finishing time in the first was 25m18s and in the second it was 25m37s.  Their handicap time is therefore 25m27s.  If the slowest runner starting the race has a handicap time of 42m59s, then ‘Runner A’ will start 18 Minutes later than that first person.  If a runner hasn’t done a race before, then I will take a guess at which group to start them in.
N.B – When the race starts with the slowest group off first, you will know how long you have to wait before you start.  I recommend that you spend this time warming up rather than standing still and getting cold.
WHO WINS EACH RACE?… The winner will be the runner who makes the biggest improvement on their handicap time.  So, if your handicap time was 28m20s and your finishing time was 25m45s then you have improved on your handicap time by 9.1%.  If if your handicap time was 23m32s and your finishing time was 22m58s then you have improved on your handicap time by 2.4%.  Although the runner finishing in 22m58s has a quicker finishing time, the runner finishing in 25m45s will have a higher placing in the race results.  If it’s your first race then you can’t win it, you will just get a handicap time for the next race you enter.
WHO WINS THE SERIES?…  In each race, the runner who makes the biggest improvement on their handicap time will recieve 1 point.  The second biggest improver will receive 2 points.  The third biggest improver gets 3 points and so on.  You have to have taken part in at least 3 of the 5 races to be in with a chance of winning the series and your best 3 results count towards being the series winner.  The runner with lowest points score wins the series.  (the lowest possible score is 3 for 3 wins).  The series winner will receive a £20 Sweatshop voucher.
RESULTS… The results for each race will be emailed out within 48 hours.
N.B – If I think someone is running deliberately slowly so that they have a better chance of getting a big improvemnt on their handicap time in the next race, then I reserve the right to not include them in the results.
If you have any further questions, please contact Eddie on 07920094555 or email eddie@bigdealtraining.com.
Best wishes and good luck with your training.
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