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Road running: RunBritain launches revolutionary online scoring for road runners

September 8, 2010

RunBritain has announced the launch of its revolutionary new handicap scoring system designed to give road runners of all abilities the chance to benchmark their progress and compare their results across a range of distances and terrains.

speedworkThe scoring system enables runners to claim a ranking score based on any single performance at 5k, 10k, half marathon and marathon distances, and allows them to make comparisons against fellow runners of varying degrees of ability. It also offers guidance and support on future racing selections and opportunities to improve current runBritain handicap scores.

Virgin London Marathon Race Director Dave Bedford joined forces with television presenter Jenni Falconer this week to highlight how the scoring system could transcend runners off all abilities.

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As a keen road runner Jenni was eager to support the scheme: “I run regularly and am racing a few times this year. The new runBritain handicap scoring system is a great way to check how you’re doing across a range of distances and compare your progress head-to-head with other runners that you know.

“It adds incentive and motivates you to try and complete the course in the best time possible. I’m keen to try and lower my handicap which means I’ll have to push myself that little bit harder!”

Those visiting the runBritain website to claim their handicap ranking will also be provided with a bespoke personal running page on www.runbritain.com featuring current rankings at each distance as well as a personal progress graph and a ‘head-to-head’ competitive function.

RunBritain MD, Geoff Wightman, said: “We have been working hard since the start of the year to create the functionality that we believe runners will like from this free offering.

“Most road runners are motivated by tangible targets, whether it’s racing for the first time, improving PBs or competing more frequently. We hope it will revolutionise the way that runners benchmark their progress in our sport at all levels.”

For more information visit www.runbritain.com.

Jessica Whittington, Sportsister
The Women’s Sports Magazine

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