Winter Handicap 2018/19
We’re trying something a little different for the upcoming winter series, in order to squeeze in one more ‘scoring’ event. Historically we have always had the first event of each winter / summer series as a time trial to determine handicaps, with all remaining monthly fixtures ‘points scoring’ for all those who did not already have a handicap.
However, since many of the runners who participate have also recently participated in the preceding handicap series, we have benchmark times for many people. Therefore, we going to set handicaps for all athletes for the October / first event of winter 2018/19, based upon performances during the Summer 2018 Series. The aim is therefore to reflect recent form and speed, and to avoid setting handicaps based anyone running at less than race pace during the time trial (but we all run honestly on the time trials, don’t we…?)
The handicapping software algorithm is not particular complex, but for the sake of transparency, calculations are made as follows:
- A predicted weighted average time is created for the Summer handicap (3.46 miles) course, using the most recent summer handicap series, giving progressively more weight to the most recent results (September weighted = x6, August = x5… back to April = x1)
- This is converted to a predicted Winter Handicap course (2.5 miles) time, using the Runners World race time predictor. This will be entered as “Event 0” as a time trial, as if the athlete had run that time in reality.
- Handicaps are then set based upon the time difference between each athlete’s predicted time and the slowest predicted time, as usual.
Once an athlete has completed an event in the winter series, revised handicaps will still be set in the usual way i.e by reference to the fastest time each athlete has achieved in the current series.
Startup handicaps for October are therefore as follows:
Summer Handicap 2018
We have noted that the route on the events page is out of date. Until this is fixed, please have a look at the visualisation on this link
Results for the final event, held on Tuesday 4th Sept are below.
Results for August, including series Leaderboard
The handicaps for the August event and the July results are below
The results for June are below
The results for May are below – A Great turnout!
the results of the April Time trial are as follows:
Please note – if you want to have a WAVA score, please supply your date of birth to Andy Biggs, who will hold it confidentially for the sole purpose of calculating your WAVA score for handicap events. He will not use it for any other purpose, in accordance with GDPR. Don’t therefore expect birthday cards or presents, or any other congratulatory messages from him on the anniversary of your birth! 🙂
Winter Handicap 2017-18
Final results for the series are as follows – Congratulations to Sim on a consistently improving set of results which wins him the prestigious accolade of Winter Handicap Champion 2017-18!
Summer Handicap 2017
Results for the September event are below. Congratulations to Mark Pickett for winning the series overall!
Results are below – series leader board going into the final event next week is at the bottom. Note, that after scrutinising, I realise that I had one athlete on 27 June down as time trialling, when in fact he was racing. Therefore, I’ve had to insert him into points allocation and have adjusted others accordingly. Nevertheless, Mark Pickett is out front with a comfortable margin – can anyone catch him next week?
The May event was held on 1 June, with a tremendous turnout, including several new people – welcome! New people are always welcome., but please note that the WAVA scores are calculated from date of birth from our membership records, and eligibility for prizes will only apply once a person joins the club (hint, hint!). If you have joined the club and we’ve missed your date of birth, please remind us / make sure the timekeepers have it next time.
It was hardly summer weather, but the time trial for the 2017 series was held on 25th April. A full results list for the time trial is below:
Summer Handicap 2016
The final event of the summer – results below, but PAUL DELANEY has been crowned as king of the summer handicap. Although he failed to score tonight, he had built a lead that no-one managed to overcome. Well done to Alan Rowell for coming up on the rails and sneaking onto the (non-existent) podium!
More unseasonal weather and a good turnout, considering that a few people were absent watching the cycling. Results are below.
Amazing turnout on such an awful night at the end. More like the winter handicap! Well done to all runners. Course was about 3.26 miles. Thanks to Peter and Alan for the support and great to see so many old and new faces turning out.
Winter Handicap 2015/16
March 2016 and series results
Firstly congratulations to Dave Coxon on winning the Winter Handicap 2015/16 this evening. A special mention to Kirstin who pushed him close the whole series and ran all the events. A big thanks to Stuart who also ran all five and thanks to the 38 different runners who have turned out over the winter. Thank you to Rob, Gary and Paul Bentley for their help over the winter with the timing. Last but not least thanks to Andy Biggs for the numbers which always makes interesting reading for us couch handicap setters.
Bring on the Summer Handicap!
It was a warm night (for December) and shorts were in evidence, as was a general attitude that atonement for turkey and mince pies was in order. Rachel did her usual winter handicap trick of improving and came in first. Peter Harrison clearly had no mince pies at all over the festive period and stormed to new personal best over the winter course, nearly overtaking the whole field. I did the reverse – just to make sure I didn’t get close enough to give anyone my cold…
If anyone is interested, I have WAVA score histories across the past two years. Contrast Peter’s (improving) and my (decreasing) fortunes against Mr Consistent – Alan Rowell, who not only outscored everyone on WAVA% in the December event, he has kept his % within a narrow band:
Summer Handicap 2015
September and Final series results
Congratulations to Joel Thompson on being the overall series winner by a clear margin have run all the events! Kevin Lott was 2nd and Fred Anderson 3rd. An honourable mention also to Kelly Bentley who also ran all the events. Full details are below:
June 4 (delayed May event)
A good turnout again, and some pretty consistent running so far as WAVA score go. First points go on the board and Rachel gets the max 12!
Kicking off with a well attended time trial. There’s no detailed commentary on these results- but we can expect a hot series this summer – with so many runners Results and handicaps for the next event are below:
[Older results (back t0 2011) are now archived here]