The monthly handicap series of races are popular fixtures in the club calendar. We run two six-race series in the winter (October-March) and summer (April-September). The summer course, having moved venue a couple of times in its history, is now in Central Park in Dartford. The winter course starts outside the park by the library, and takes in the ‘handicap route’ well known to Dartford’s various club runners as a popular time-trial exercise.
- All races are approximately 2.8m (4.5km) long.
- When a runner first takes part in the series (or returns from a reasonably long absence), their time is taken as a ‘time trial’ to calibrate a fair handicap. This does not count for the purpose of scoring in the series.
- From then on, they will begin the subsequent races at an appropriate time interval which has been calculated to give them a chance of completing the course in the same overall time as every other runner.
- The event, once all runners have started, is a straightforward race to the finish line.
- The winner will receive 50 points towards the series total. The second runner will score 45, the third will score 44, and so on.
- The first five runners in each race will carry forward a time penalty into their next race! The winner will be penalised by 50 seconds, the second runner by 40 points, the third by 30 points, and so on.
- Each runners’ best four scores will be taken into consideration for the series table.