The first race of the 2022 Eric Smith Trophy is the John Cowan Harewood Handicap. This is a 4.2 mile tarmac (approx. 25%) and trail, see a route map below, the route will be marked so no worries about finding your way.
The first runner will set off at 11.00am, the rest at short intervals thereafter, please arrive with plenty of time.
Parking: There is very limited parking at the village hall on Church Lane, more parking left just after the traffic lights on the A659, or at the Harewood Arms.
Post Race refreshments : Post race analysis will be at the Harewood Arms.
What is a handicap?
If you have never run a handicap before, the idea is that the slower runners are set off first the fastest off last and hopefully everyone gets to the finish together.
For example if the handicap distance is 5k and a runner ‘A’ usually runs a 5k in about 30 minutes, a second runner ‘B’ about 16 minutes. Then at the start of the handicap runner A starts 14 minutes before runner B. If both run to form then runner B catches A at the finish line.
Do I need to enter, Do I need to do anything? No, just turn up at the start and I will sort out a start time for you on the morning.
.. and the Eric Smith Trophy?
The Eric Smith handicap trophy is awarded to the person with the most points accumulated over the monthly handicap races. Points are awarded at each handicap the winner gaining the number of points based on how many do the handicap.
Benefits of the Handicap series
- 12 free low key races for the year.
- Good for the motivation, pretty much everyone who has finished near the top of the handicap trophy table has ended the year fitter and faster than they were in January.
- Everybody has the chance to finish first.
- Run different routes to the norm.
- A great social get together, meeting folk who aren’t part of your training group.
- At most of the handicaps there’s post race refreshment in the local pub.
- If you have a bad run or I get your handicap wrong, never 😜… then for sure you’ll have an easier handicap at the next one.
- A chance to give the handicapper some abuse about your handicap😊.
- It’s all a bit of fun nobody takes it’s too seriously..