This is the fourth 5k handicap Robbie has run in, I have run in one myself and was seriously considering having another go this year, but bottled it on the day, I need someone out there to kick me up the arse and make me do it next year.
The race is slightly different to most, the handicap is worked out in advance and runners start based on their expected times, so for instance if Joe expected to do the 5k in 30mins, he might start first, Pete can do the 5k in 25 mins, so he starts 5 mins after Joe etc. etc.
Robbie was quite ambitious this year, having completed the 5k in 18’40” last year he upped his expected runtime to 17’30”, hoping to knock a whole minute and 10 seconds off his time.
Positions are always a little fluffy, because of course everything depends on the accuracy of the estimated times, Robbie finished 15th in the actual standings, not sure where he would be ranked if it was done on time only, but he did complete the race in an excellent 17’12” ultimately knocking off 1’28”. This also now represents his fastest ever 5k, previously 18’02” set in a Park Run at Basingstoke April 2013.
|Name||Athlete Predicited Time||Mick’s Predicted Times||Handicap||Clock Time||Actual Time||Finish Position|
|Tara De Klerc||20:00||20:15||10:45||31:05||20:20||27|