What are the club handicaps?
They are our regular winter get together down at our spiritual home of Whitlingham Country Park. As its too cold to swim, we have a bit of a run and a bit of a bit of social.
Like a parkrun? Well, you’re running in a park and can do 5k, so sort of, though not entirely like a parkrun as you could do 10k, or a 3.5k lap of the lake or some other distance. Preference is for 10k, 5k or 3.5k.
How does it work then?
With a normal race you have a mass start and a staggered finish with the first finisher not waiting for the last. We reverse that with a staggered start so that we can have a mass finish so that everyone is together for coffee, tea and biscuits. Also, people are a bit more social afterwards an event than before once pre-event nerves have gone and the endorpheans are still high.
We start people on the minute closest to their expected run time. That could be in small groups or on their own depending on who else is about and what they expect to run. Our standard distances are 5k and 10k based upon the Norwich Tri 5k run course, which is a single lap for 5k, two laps for 10k. It is possible to run a lap of the lake for 3.5k or another distance. We’d rather people were cautious on their predictions so finished slightly ahead of time, rather than finished way behind their time causing the volunteer timekeepers to have to wait and miss out on the coffee etc with clubmates.
To accommodate those with Sunday morning commitments (races, church, kids etc) and those with parkrun addictions we have half of our handicaps over the winter on a Saturday and half on a Sunday, alternating by month.
We start stop watch at 9am (though could start earlier at special request) and aim for everyone to finish at 10:20am.
Course and details?
We use the two lap Norwich Triathlon 10k course for the 10k and just one lap for those running 5k. Should anyone wish to run a 3.5k lap of the lake they can do that.
Stop watches will be started at 9am, participants then start on the minute closes to their expected time so that they finish at 10:20 where we will have tea, coffee and biscuits available. i.e if you thinkg it will take you 52 minutes you will start 52 minutes ahead of 10:20, which is 9:28am.
Assistance is needed with timekeeping, starting runners, preparing flasks, capturing names at the finish, opening and closing the gate into the picnic meadow. To help out please contact Cedric or Rob through firstname.lastname@example.org, or through facebook either by direct message through our facebook group.
Cost: FREE and tea, coffee and biscuits are available. Please park in the Country Park’s car parks, the revenue from the car parks pays for the up keep of the park that we use. As Tri-Anglia members we get a significant discount on annual parking permits. Application for parking permits.
The course is well known (hopefully). If you are new to the course or unsure of it, do find a fellow club mate to run with.
Strava Segment for Norwich 10k course = http://app.strava.com/segments/5993141?filter=overall
Strava Segment for the Norwich 5k course = https://www.strava.com/segments/12585609?filter=overall
We have adopted the running standards for 10k and 5k for our handicaps. Thank you to Bungay Black Dog Running Club for pointing us in the direction of these. The standards can be found (along with previous results in the menu to the top right of this page but also in these links; Female 5k, Female 10k, Male 5k and Male 10k.
Previous series Successes
|Year||Ladies 10k Series||Men 10k Series||Ladies 5k Series||Men 5k Series||Most Improved|
|2018-19||Louise Marsden||Mark Clues||Ali Masterson||Dominic Clues|
|2017-18||Becky Schofield||Oli Milk||Agata Milk||Luke Lynds||Ruth Lynds, Alan Dawson, Hannah Rees|
|2016-17||Becky Schofield||Pieter MacKeith||Suzanne Hill||Luke Lynds||Stephen Long|
|2015-16||Becky Schofield||Joe Hawes||Billie Butler||Vince Butler|
|2014-15||Hayley Bartrum||Iain Robertson||Deb Carter|
|2013-14||Becky Schofield||Simon Brierley|
|2012-13||Becky Schofield||Mark Clues|
|2011-12||Becky Schofield||Lee Calderon|
|2010-11||Becky Schofield||Lee Calderon|
The series results are the combination of your best three times of the current series.