The Harrier League is a handicap event held at Lynch Wood Business Park, Peterborough. It consists of a series of 6 handicap races held monthly between October and April every year.
Each race is 5k, made up of 3 laps around Peterborough Business Park. The course has been accurately measured in the past and not varied since then. It is described as fast and flat despite one very twisty section and thus ideal for pb's and also good for a hard training run.
Race dates and £1 entry fee
Each race starts at 7pm. The entry fee is £1, which goes towards the upkeep and any prizes we may award.
Ideally we would prefer it if you can download and complete our entry form
, which should be handed in on the night when entering.
Fixtures for 2017-18 (1st Wednesday of the month)
Location and parking
We start off opposite the Diligenta Building roundabout, PE2 6FY.
Important notice about parking:
A company called ADP Ltd is kindly allowing us to use their car park. It's located opposite the N& P Building Society/Yorkshire Bank HQ and is 1st left after the Lynch Wood roundabout. Turn right by a big sign with ADP's name on it. Pleased avoid going to the toilet in the nearby bushes!
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, you will start the race 5 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!
Please note we aim to post the results on this website within 48 hours of the race, as a downloadable Excel file.
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
1. In the event of a postponement due to the weather
The event will be rescheduled on the 3rd Wednesday of the following month except if this occurs in April (two weeks later).
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. (Eligiblity has to have been given a handicap time by the handicapper and not based on personal estimate.)
3. If over 40 entries
If there are too many entries on the night it can get REALLY hard to coordinate precise finishing times. So if there are over 40 entries then the race will be organised on a staggered handicap basis, as follows:
- those given 0 seconds set off normal time
- 1 to 40 secs will start at 40 seconds
- 41 to 80 secs will start at 80 seconds
- and so on until the fastest 10 runners set off on their exact handicap
The handicap will be recalculated afterwards as if a normal scratch race as per October & the results posted on this website (usually by the Saturday after the event at the latest).
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.