East Cornwall Harriers Handicap Race

For many years ECH have organised a race for club members on Caradon Hill, where EVERY runner, no matter what ability, has an equal chance to win. No existing member has won the trophy twice!


To be eligible to win the perpetual women's or men's trophy, each race entrant has a calculated handicap time. This is based on a minimum of ONE race result in the series below. However we take into account ALL of your results in these races, and average them, so the more you do, the more "accurate" your handicap time will be.

Depending on your handicap, the slower runners set off first, and the faster runners later. The winners are simply the first lady and the first man across the line. The handicaps are calculated so in theory ALL runners should finish at the same time. The following 20 races, and ONLY these 20 races will be used. If you have not raced one of them, then you can only run for fun. In the instance that a long term (more than one year) member has not raced any of the races this year, but has race one of these races from last year, their most recent time from last year will be used.


Cornish Grand Prix Series

  • Stormforce 10
  • Newquay 10k
  • Looe 10
  • An Res Hellys
  • Cubert 5
  • Sticker 5
  • Turkey Trot
  • Magnificent 7
  • Indian Queens
  • Treggy 7

Cornish Multi Terrain Series

  • Five Tors
  • Boconnoc 5
  • Imerys Half
  • Bude Lifeboat Run
  • Meet Your Max
  • Tywardreath Trotter

Local Races

  • Ivybridge 10K
  • Plymouth half
  • Bideford half
  • Club 1500m from 29th August


How we calculate your handicap

The formula used to calculate the handicaps is based on results from 2017. Each race in the list above is assigned a weight, depending on whether they have faster or slower times than our test runner's time. Further more a BAD RACE eliminator is used to even up potential races whereby a runner might have been injured or had a particularly bad race. If you have raced more than 2 times, then your WORST race time (proportionally) is eliminated from your average. The shortest race distance for the handicap is 1500m - the longest is half, because marathons have too much variability to be able to provide a proper handicap time. If you don't have a race result to base a handicap time on you can still run but ONLY for FUN.


The START and FINISH is at Merrymeet on the "triangle" of roads at the far end of the village, runners are registered by 4:30pm and start times issued on the night to have everyone across the finish line by 5:45pm. It is all ON ROAD. The route is from Merrymeet flat for the first mile, around the village, out to Cartwheels, through the woods turning left at 1.5 miles for a steady climb until 3 miles, up close to Pensilva, the last two miles are downhill and flat with a small rise at 4 miles, and a nasty sting with 300m to go. The whole route is a loop. Marshalls are stationed throughout the course. The course length is 4.97 miles. There are three short Strava segments on route, and one for the whole course.