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Trent Park Running Club Handicap
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Welcome to the Trent Park monthly 5K Handicap. This event takes place on the last Saturday of each month (except December). The race is open to both members and non-members of TPRC, non-members pay an entry fee of £3.00 to help cover some of the cost of staging the race.
The route follows an undulating circular route through Trent Park. The surface is mainly gravel with approximately 1.5Km on park road and firm although one or two sections may be slightly muddy on occasion. Normal running shoes are recommended, do NOT wear spikes.
Bike & Run
To celebrate the 5km spirit of encouragement, each month Bike & Run will be awarding the man and woman who make the greatest improvement (see below)* with a £50 voucher which can be used to purchase anything from their wide range of products and services.
Bike & Run is an established and specialist Running, Bike & Triathlon store based in East Finchley, visit their website  .
Runners near the finish Handicap System
Each runner has a recorded time (Handicap) which is based on their personal best time (PB) over the course. New runners are allocated a handicap time based on their estimated time to complete the 5k course. The handicaping system means that all runners have a chance of winning as the results are based on a runnerís improvement in performance rather than who is fastest.
In short, the Handicap provides a good opportunity for all standards of runner to measure their performance and take part in an enjoyable race in the beautiful surroundings of Trent Park.
Points System
Points are awarded based on your improvement in performance compared to your PB. this means that the first person to finish may not necessarily be the winner, this could quite easily be someone further down the field who has made a greater improvement in their time to run the 5K course.
The most improved runner is awarded maximum points based on the number of participants, second place is awarded one less point, third place less two, and so on, the last runner is awarded one point.
A bonus of five points is added if a runner beats their PB time, and an additional five points are awarded to the fastest lady and man overall.
Trophies are awarded to the first three TPRC club members.
Series
Points are accumulated from a runner's best ten out of the eleven races in a particular race series. Each series starts in January and ends in November, there is no race in December. Trophies are awarded to members and non-members who have the most points at the end of the series.

New Runners
New runners are briefed at the start of the race and allocated "scratch" time according to their estimated run time, this can be varied for particularly fast or slow runners.
Marshals will be at key points on the course and it is clearly signposted, you can view a map of the course here.
A runner
After your first race you will be given a handicap time, this will establish your target time for the next race, if you beat this time the new time will become the basis for your handicap. Most runners need a couple of races to familiarise themselves with the route, points are awarded for the second and subsequent races but runners do not qualify for bonus points or trophies until they have completed two races.
Race registration
Registration opens at 08.45 am and closes at 9.15 am prompt, no entries will be accepted after 9.15. The race will start at 9.30 am. All results are recorded on a computer database and results are usually available 45 minutes after the race finishes, they are published on our handicap results page by early afternoon on the day of the race.
*To qualify for a prize competitors must have completed at least two Handicap events in the previous 12 months and record a time of less than 37 minutes.
"Improvement" is calculated on a sliding scale according to a runner's personal best time (PB), slower runners need to improve their times by a greater amount than faster runners. This is based on the fact that it is just as difficult for an 18 minute runner to improve by 30 seconds as a 30 plus minute runner improving by 2 minutes.
The voucher can be used towards the purchase of any item in the shop and has a maximum value of £50, the voucher has a cash value of 0.01p.
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