Ladies Endurance League
Mens Endurance League
2013 Handicaps System
The initial 2013 Handicaps are as below.....please note these handicaps are subject to change through the year!
NB. RUNNERS WHO FINISH 1st/2nd OR 3rd HAVE AUTOMATIC HANDICAP ADJUSTMENTS....read on:
As well as discretional handicap adjustments (left to the team captains), the 1st, 2nd and 3rd runners in each event will have their pace handicap automatically adjusted. To be exact, we will calculate the average percentage that all club runners in that race beat (or fail to beat) their handicap (this is a measure of the speed of the course). We will then calculate the 1st and 2nd and 3rd runners individual under/over percentages for the event. We then calculate the difference between their percentage and the average percentage We use this difference to adjust the handicap....we reduce the handicaps (ie. target paces) by 50%, 20% and 10% of these differences for the 1st, 2nd and 3rd runners respectively. Don't worry, I've confused myself writing it down! It is easy(ish) in excel! Here is an example which may help:
At the Cheshire cross-country championships, the course was slow so we expect people to run slower than their target paces. Relative to their expected target paces, the male club runners ran on average 13.1% slower than their target paces. The 1st runner on handicap , Paul Hudson was closest to his handicap and so was placed 1st overall - he "only" exceeding his target pace by 8.2%. This was 4.9 quicker than the average (13.1 - 8.2%). As he won on handicap we reduce his handicap by 50% of this difference - ie 2.45% (50% of 4.9%). This reduced his handicap from 8:30 to 8:17. Similarly, the second runner on handicap was John Thompson. His handicap was reduced by 20% of the difference and so reduced from 6:07 to 6:03. The third runner Stu Doyle had his handicap reduced by 10% of the difference and saw it fall from 5:19 to 5:18. This is continued throughout the season!
Please Note: The new handicaps are shown on the current standings.....eg. Rob Olliver started as 6:50 (initial handicap pace) but by the time of the Wizard 5 his handicap was automatically reduced to 6:09 (and after Wizard 5 they were 6:01). Now 5:52 after the Pie and Peas! (If anyone figures out his secret training programme please let me know!).
Separate competitions for Men and Ladies
Handicaps have been set by the Seniors committee using a baseline of each athletes best 10k
(or 5 miles if no 10k time available) in the last 2 years.
Adjustments have been made for certain athletes by theSeniors committee using knowledge of recent form.
Handicaps will be reviewed periodically.
Scoring will reflect each runners relative time compared to their agreed handicap.
Finishing times will be based on chip timing if available.
Maximum points in each race will be awarded to the runner who performs best against their handicap in % terms.
The runner who performs 2nd best in % terms against their handicap will receive 1 point less and so on.
The score for any race will be a minimum of 12 points (men) or 8 points (ladies).
If more than 12 men or 8 ladies compete in a race the winners points total will equate to the volume of runners
i.e. If 15 runners first place gets 15 points 2nd place will receive 14 points, 3rd place 13 points etc.
Last place will therefore receive a minimum of 1 point (and more if less than 12 Men or 8 Ladies).
Each runners best 10 scores will count towards the Endurance League.
Runner A has a handicap pace of 6 min miling, Runner B's is 6.30 miling and Runner C's is 7 min miling. In a 5 mile race Runner A runs 29.30, Runner B 32.00 and Runner C 34.15. Runner A's actual pace is therefore 5.54 miling, Runner B's 6.24 miling and Runner C's 6.51 miling. Even though A and B have both beaten their target by 6 secs A will beat B because he has exceeded his target by 1.67% (6/360) whereas B's improvement is only 1.54% (6/390). However C has achieved an improvement of 2.14% (9/420) and therefore takes the maximum points.
Please note we've updated the format of the tables which instead of showing the initial handicap (as of start of season) we now show the Target Pace (ie the handicap in this race) and the new handicap (the revised handicap after it is adjusted - see above for details of how we do this!). For example Rob Olliver had an initial handicap pace of 6:50, this was 6:09 for the Wizard 5 but because he won on handicap, this was pulled to 6:01.