Trent Park Running Club has been holding the handicap (time trial) race for almost as long as the club has been established which dates back to the 1980s. Initially, it was for club members only so they could track their improvement but was soon opened up to guest runners.
It is a 5km race around Trent Park on the last Saturday of the month (except December). However, unlike a normal race, you are racing for a time, not a place. The idea is to improve on your previous time (your handicap). Your improvement is a percentage (improvement divided by your previous best).
Number collection is available from 8:45 am to 9:15 am from Southgate Hockey Centre, and the race starts a 9:30 am on Limes Avenue (the Pineapple).
There are a number of changes for the 2023 series and details of these are below.
Changes for 2022
Following a survey at the end of the 2022 season we have made a number of changes for the 2023 season.
Firstly, we have made a slight change to the direction we run in. Instead of running up and down the “Pineapple”, the main road in the centre of the park, at the end, we will now do this at the start. This limits the number of volunteers required.
Secondly, the dates are not fixed as the last Saturday of the month. We will try and stick to this but may move this a week either way depending on the club’s league schedule. We will notify any registered runners as far in advance as possible.
Lastly, we are not running a points table for 2023, but will run a table of times and improvements.
The handicap is open to anyone, over the age of 14, you don’t need to be a club member. However, there is a strict time limit of 45 minutes.
The course is mostly on trails so you need to be comfortable running off-road.
You need to be registered to run, which you do once for the whole year. Registration closes at midnight the night before. There is no registration on the day. If you think you might run then register, as it does not matter if you turn up or not.
All registered runners will receive a pre-race email with the details. However, the registration desk is open from 8:45 am to 9:15 am in the hockey centre for number collection, or replacement if you have forgotten or lost yours. The race starts at 9:30 am on the “Pineapple” from the first layby nearest the WRAS.
To register please use the link below
Frequently Asked Question
Below are the current season results and a link to historic results.
For this season we are not running a points table based on handicap improvements. Instead, we have 2 points tables (*) one is based on pure times, and the other is based on Age Graded times using the WMA (World Masters Athletics) Tables for a 5km Road Race.
For these points tables the best 5 races are counted.
Current Season Results
Results from the current season.
The improvement is calculated as the difference between your time and your handicap (your best time) divided by your handicap to give a % improvement. This is 100% where you have not run in this season before.
If you search for a name the chart at the bottom will only show those times.
Results from all previous months’ races.