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runbritain hits 40,000th handicap claimant

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14 January 2014

Spencer Jago (handicap 17.2) is runbritain's 40,000th handicap claimant and wins an adidas miCoach.

Spencer, who has a current handicap of 17.2, races predominantly in the south-west over 10k and half marathon and has taken his handicap score down from 20.0 during the last two years. He has had it at an all-time low of 17.0 (after the Plymouth 10k in November) but it has crept back up again as he hasn't recorded another performance since then.

runbritain's revolutionary handicap scoring system (a bit like a golf handicap!) is designed to give distance runners, of all levels, the ability to benchmark their progress and compare their results across a range of distances and terrains. The system rewards good performances but also factors in the degree of difficulty for slower courses and, crucially, rewards regular racing and so, to prevent your handicap from slipping you need to turn out regularly for races or parkruns.

The results from this weekend are now on our results page

In the last seven days we have added 46.799 performances to our database from 241 events.

The big events were:

Bupa Great Winter Run - 1986 finishers
Bushy Park parkrun 5K Event 500 - 1184 finishers
Poole parkrun 5K Event 148 - 601 finishers
Cardiff parkrun 5K Event 311 - 596 finishers
Sheffield Hallam parkrun 5K Event 177 - 596 finishers
Huddersfield parkrun 5K Event 147 - 590 finishers
Southampton parkrun 5K Event 82 - 574 finishers
Coventry parkrun 5K Event 201 - 506 finishers
Brighton & Hove parkrun 5K Event 326 - 485 finishers
Cannon Hill parkrun 5K Event 176 - 481 finishers

Have you checked whether your handicap score has gone up, down or stayed the same after your run this weekend?