Open 10K Race Series 2016 - All Welcome
Nine races across 3 scenic Sydney courses.
The Sydney Striders are proud to be associated with our sponsors:
Edgecliff Centre, Shop 1B, 203-213 New South Head Rd Edgecliff.
Call Phil or Julian on (02) 9362 0422
Visitor pre-registration can be done through this link
Note : Please check back closer to each race date as details may change
- The 10k Series points score and awards are for Sydney Striders, but all runners over 18 years of age are welcome to run
- Striders must be financial at time of event to gain points
- Striders must volunteer during the year to be eligible for final awards
- Age Group for the Series is based on age as at 30 June
- Best 8 results to count
- 1st place 100 points, 2nd 96 points, 3rd 93 points, 4th 91 points, 5th 90 points, reducing by 1 point for each position with a minimum of 2 points to be scored.
- At least 2 races must be completed (as in actually run) to be considered for any awards
- No cash awards
The Striders handicapping system used for the 10k series has been around for many years and is in use by running clubs around the world. It is a robust system and has stood the test of time. It is difficult to beat (you can't "work" the system to your advantage), and as shown over the years, the winner of the handicap competition can be any member of the club.
It works like this:
The two key elements in each race are your race time and your handicap. The handicap competition places are decided based on how much better than your handicap is your race time in percentage terms.
If you don't have a handicap then you end up on the bottom of the results for that one race, but you still get points for running. You also get a brand new handicap for next time!
Once the Handicap results are decided, the new handicap is determined. There are 4 possible situations:
1) no previous handicap:
New Handicap = Race time + 1%
2) race time equals handicap:
New Handicap = Old Handicap
3) race time faster than handicap:
New Handicap = Old Handicap less (80% of difference between Race time and Old Handicap)
4) race time slower than handicap:
New Handicap = Old Handicap plus (10% of difference (to a max of 30 secs) between Race time and Old Handicap)
At the end of each year everyone who has run a 10k in that year gets 2% added to their handicap for the new year, and anyone who has not run in a Striders 10k race in the past 2 years is dropped off the handicap list - they get to start all over again.
Key points to remember:
- A handicap will only change if you run and complete a race (DNF does not count).
- No matter how slowly you run, your handicap will only move out a maximum of 30 seconds per race.
- Run at least once in a year to get the end of year bonus added to your handicap.
- Consistency is more important than a once off great performance. Improving throughout the year has the best chance of doing well in the competition.
- The points score competition is the best 8 out of 10 results, although your handicap will be recalculated every time you race
- The handicapping system brings your handicap crashing down fast, but it takes forever to move out again - and there is nothing you can do about it, so enjoy!
Strider Handicaps are up dated after each race, the latest version is HERE.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Do I have to be a Strider to run?
No. All runners over 18 years of age are welcome. Well, the one caveat to that is that we must be clear of the various courses at 60 minutes, so any runner who can complete the course in 60 minutes or better is most welcome. Sorry, but not our rule. It is a club run, but all visitors are entitled to outright and lucky draw prizes, can enjoy the free light refreshments, and will have their results published on the web.
When are the races on?
First Saturday in each month from February to November (always check calendar - some special dates happen).
What time do they start?
Rego from 6:00am, Race at 7:00am, Awards at 8:00am, all packed up and gone by 9:00am.
Can I Preregister?
Yes, visitors are required to pre-register, there is a link on the home page and 10km series page for pre-registration for the next race.
Striders $7, non members $20 pre rego, $25 on the day.
What do I get for my entry fee?
A certified 10k course with km marks, refreshments and munchies afterwards, outright and lucky draw prizes, results published on the web usually on the same day, mostly traffic free courses, a bunch of friendly Striders to run with.
Do I get a certificate, medal, and/or T-shirt?
No, no, and no. Well, if you are a Strider and win a series category you get a trophy, but this series is a monthly club event which allows visitors to compete, and our finances (and volunteers) just don't stretch to providing certificates, medals, or T shirts.
Can I enter the Series Points Score?
Yes, just join Striders. Striders are automatically in the Points Score and eligible for trophies. Non members are not included in the Points Score. ... and no, we don't backdate points if you join Striders midway thorugh the series!
How do I get a Handicap?
Join Striders, then when you run your first 10k as a Strider a handicap will be calculated and updated after every run.
Do I have to register to enter the Age Group, Handicap, or other Series pointscore competitions?
Once you are a Strider you will be automatically included in every relevant pointscore competition.
Can anyone enter? Am I too slow?
Anyone over 18 years old, capable of getting around the 10k course in about 60 minutes or better is most welcome. The 60 minute limit is due to requirements to clear the various courses by 8:00am.
How fast do people run?
The greyhounds out the front usually finish in about 31 minutes. The bulk of the pack are between 40 and 50 minutes, and the tailenders at 60 minutes.
How many run?
Typically there are about 300 runners, about half are Striders, the rest visitors.
Is the course an accurate 10k?
Absolutely. Every km is marked and all the courses have been measured by the same person who measured the 2000 Olympic Marathons, Walks, and Triathlon courses.
Where are the courses?
We have 3 active courses.
- North Head is just past Manly Hospital.
- Lane Cove National Park is off Lady Game Drive, near Fullers Bridge.
- Olympic Park is at the corner of Hill Rd and Holker St.
|Course||Link to Google Map|
|Lane Cove 10k||LINK|
|Homebush 10k||Coming Soon|
|North Head 10k||Coming Soon|
|Atheletic Australia 10k||Coming Soon|
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