Peterborough and Nene Valley Athletics Club
PNV Events
Organised & run by PNV, The Handicap League is held at Lynch Wood Business Park, Peterborough. It consists of a series of 6 handicap races.

Sept-April: The PNV Handicap League


The PNV Handicap League is held at Lynch Wood Business Park, Peterborough. It consists of a series of 6 handicap races held monthly between September and April every year.

Each race is 5k, made up of 3 laps around Peterborough Business Park. It is described as fast and flat despite one very twisty section and therefore ideal for pb's and also good for a hard training run. Incidentally, the course was accurately measured last year and was extended by 25m.

How does the handicap work?
The way the handicap works is simple. The first time you ever run the course you will need to provide the time of your best 5k run, or an estimate. For those who have competed before, the organisers will use their best historical time. The organisers will then start the runners off all at different times, with the general idea being that everyone (theoretically) finishes at the same time.

So if your personal best is, say, 24 mins 10 seconds and Joe Bloggs’ is 24 mins 05 seconds. Joe's time will be rounded down to 24 mins , you will start the race 10 seconds before Joe Bloggs. The faster you are, therefore, the bigger your ‘handicap’.

The winner is not necessarily the fastest runner, rather the runner who beats his or her personal best by the highest margin.

It’s great fun, so why not pop along!

2020-21: download results to date for our virtual league
2019-20: download
2018-19: download
2017-18: download
2016-17: download.
2015-16: download
2014-15: download
2013-14: download
2012-13: download

Please note we aim to post the results on this website within 48 hours of the race, as a downloadable Excel file.

Prizes (not applicable to the September races in COVID-affected 2020)
Race Winner (if handicap is known before race) £5.00
Series Prizes - Overall 1st £30.00, 2nd £20.00 3rd £10.00
Fastest Time during the series £15.00 (male & female)
Best Aged Graded £15.00

Please note

1. In the event of a postponement due to the weather
The event will be rescheduled to an appropriate date, hopefully within in a month of the original scheduled race. Please look at the home page of this website for announcements.

2. Note for the winner
It would be appreciated if the winner on the night could make themselves known after the race to collect their prize if eligible. (Eligibility has to have been given a handicap time by the handicapper and not based on personal estimate.) In the event of over 30 entrants (see note 3. below) - and therefore a staggered handicap - the race winner can only be identified once all the results have been finalised.

3. If over 30 entries
If there are over 30 competitors there will be a staggered handicap and athletes will go off at the following times (mins & secs):


The handicap times will be adjusted afterwards.

4. Listen out for start calls!
Please note it is the responsibility of the athlete to be at the start line when they have been called. If your name is called and you miss the start, then your time will be your finishing time. If you were missed by official's error, eg not called then when should have been, your handicap will be adjusted afterwards.

5. No headphones
The course is not traffic-free. So in the interest of you and your fellow competitors, headphones are strictly forbidden and use will result in instant disqualification.

6. Head torches
For the 2019-20 season onwards we have changed the times of the races and our hope is there will be sufficient daylight for athletes not to need torches. Should you still need to wear a head torch, you can do so, but these MUST be switched off at least 50 metres before the finish so the officials are able to see and record your race no.

Harrier League III

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Harrier League I