You know those men and women who wear funny trousers and wonder around large swathes of the countryside all through the year on a never ending mission of attaining the illusive "scratch handicap"? Yes? Ah, but do you really? If you're thinking I'm referring to golfers, think again.
Let me introduce you to the new breed of British runners, yes runners, who now have a handicap. runbritain has just introduced a new handicap scoring system that is designed to give road runners of all abilities the ability to benchmark their progress and compare their results across a range of distances and terrains.
To quote the runbritain Rankings site:
The scoring system, which has been developed in conjunction with the team behind the McCain Power of 10 website, rewards regular racing and factors in a degree of difficulty for slower courses. The score is derived from your results at 5K, 10K, Half Marathon & Marathon during 2010 and thereafter on a rolling 12 month basis although you only need to have done one race in 2010 to claim a handicap.