For you – any pace, any distance, any terrain

may, 2023

2023tue23may7:00 pm9:00 pmCoad Cup Handicap7:00 pm - 9:00 pm Richmond ParkGender:OpenAge:OpenTerrain:Cross countryDistance:c.8k / c.5 miles


(Tuesday) 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm


Richmond Park

How to Enter

  • Entry is free but all runners MUST register in advance in order to allow the handicapper time to do his job.
  • Please register here:
  • The closing date for registration is midnight on Friday 19th May 2023.
  • You will be asked for your current 5km time


c.8k / c.5 miles

Event Details

  • Our club’s 5 mile mid-summer cross-country handicap
  • First competed for in 1948, after the cup was presented to the club by S.E. Coad in 1947.
  • Numbers from 6.30pm at the top of Sidmouth Woods @
  • Race start at 7pm
  • Results & prize giving will take place at the start/finish

More details

How does a handicap event work?

In a handicap race, rather than having a mass start for all competitors, each runner is awarded an individual start time by the club handicapper. This start time is caculated based on your average 5k time, and takes into account recent race performances. The runner with the most generous handicap will be set off first, after which each runner will start at their allotted time. If the handicapping is done accurately, all competitors should in theory end up finishing the race at roughly the same time. The first runner across the finish line wins the handicap trophy/prize.

Anyone can run in a handicap race, but to ensure fairness, prizes will only be awarded to members who have run at least 3 Ranelagh club events (eg: mob match, other handicaps races, Ranelagh 10k and Ranelagh half marathon) prior to this event. If they haven’t completed 3 events, they will compete as a guest and not be eligible for a prize.


ONE lap of the course below (click for larger image):


Please see 2022 results 


  • The first finisher (non-guest) will be awarded the Coad Cup (
  • The cup was donated to the club in 1947 by W H Coad who had won it outright in a 5 miles club steeplechase in 1882
  • Medals will also be awarded to the 2nd & 3rd place finishers, as well as the three fastest men and the three fastest women.