Updated 11th January 2020
Click on the links below to see detailed results and the overall results table:
The intention of this handicap is to encourage runners of all abilities to improve their race performance. The best way to do well in the league is to keep one step ahead of the handicap by making steady improvement throughout the year.
A race qualifies for the Handicap League if at least SIX people running as Dorset Doddlers finish the race (the only exceptions are the main Doddlers races – North Dorset Village Marathon, the Stur Half and the Stickler, as we want to encourage members to marshal rather than race). As a result of your first Keith Vine qualifying race, a handicap pace per mile representing your average pace over a flat 10km course. This handicap pace is used to predict the time you should expect to do in your next qualifying race. Once you have a handicap time it will carry forward from race to race being adjusted to reflect your current performance.
For each race, your handicap pace is used to calculate your predicted finishing time, with adjustments made to reflect different race distances and challenging terrain or weather conditions. 10mile races are assumed to increase times by 4%, half marathons by 6%, and marathons by 18%. Hilly, off-road or swampy courses will have an additional terrain adjustment applied to reflect the increased time needed. Once the results of a race are known, your actual and predicted times are compared. Runners are ranked according to how far they were ahead of or behind their predicted times. The person who was furthest ahead is awarded 1 point; the next person gets 2 points and so on. After each race, your handicap pace is adjusted by moving it to a point half way between where it was and where your most recent result suggests it should be. If you run a very slow race (e.g. if running socially with others) the increase in your handicap pace will be limited.
New for this year, there will be an additional score calculated at the end of the year reflecting handicap improvement over the whole year (i.e. start of year handicap minus end of year handicap) in order to award a genuine improvement in performance over the year. Runners will be ranked by the change in their 10k handicap pace with the runner with the greatest improvement scoring 1 point, the next person 2 points etc.
At the end of the year, if you have scored in EIGHT or more races, your points for your best EIGHT races are added up, plus 2 counts of the improvement in handicap score (above) to give your total score. Then, the lower the total score, the better you have done. There are stylish trophies for the best man and best woman to keep for the year, and the top 3 men and women will receive a medal/vouchers.
Click on the links below to see the history and detailed results from 2018