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september, 2021

2021sat18sep3:15 pm5:15 pmThe Thomas Cup XC Handicap3:15 pm - 5:15 pm Richmond ParkGender:Men,Open,WomenAge:OpenTerrain:Cross countryDistance:3.85 miles Format:Handicap

Ranelagh Harriers club vest


(Saturday) 3:15 pm - 5:15 pm


Richmond Park

How to Enter

Entry is free but you must register in advance in order to allow the handicapper time to do his job. The closing date for registration is midnight on Tuesday 14th September.

Register here:

Numbers must be collected at the start so please arrive in good time. The clubhouse will be open for tea etc after the race. There is no parking at the clubhouse.


3.85 miles

Event Details

The Thomas Cup is a Handicap race over 3.85 miles miles in Richmond Park and is the first race in the Club’s season. It is also the first race in the club’s Winter Grand Prix and is accompanied by the annual club photo.

More details

HOW DOES A Handicap WORK? Rather than start everyone at the same time, a Handicap race sees each runner awarded an individual start time by the Handicapper based on their recent race performances. The runner with the most generous Handicap will set off first, with each subsequent runner starting at their allotted time. If the Handicapper has done their job, all runners should in theory end up finishing the race at roughly the same time. To ensure this is the case members must have run a minimum number of club events in order to be awarded a Handicap (and failing this they will compete as a guest). The first runner across the finishing line wins the Handicap. Medals are awarded to the first three finishers in the Handicap and then separately to the fastest three men and the fastest three women.





Previous Winners

2019Tor Heron Brett
2018Eilidh Sinclair
2017Phil Roberts
2016C Camacho
2015P Wapshott


Thomas Cup is awarded to the first finisher in the Handicap with medals awarded to the first three finishers, the three fastest men and the three fastest women.