Notes from our handicapper for 2019

Pat McMahon is our handicapper for 2019. He has asked that these notes be provided to runners to give an indication of how he will undertake the difficult task of handicapping our races this year.

Handicapping PCCCT 2019 Season

I thank the Club for the opportunity to perform duty as Handicapper for the 2019 Season. All systems aren’t infallible. I am not a computer savvy person but I have certain guidelines to enable all persons to be able to compete on an equitable basis.

My Guidelines when handicapping competitors :

All persons are entitled to a win providing consistent performance to their ability.

Consistent running to ability can only be measured by performance over a number of races.

Consistent Performance cannot be measured by poor form, injury or sickness.

New competitors will be given a mark in accordance with information given or obtained and after performances that mark may be readjusted.

New competitors should be competing for a win at least halfway through a season.

A competitor will not be penalised for consistent running to their ability.

A Handicapper competing in Club Races will not have an improvement on his handicap unless it is sanctioned by the Committee.

Ability is commensurate to age and gender.

It is an aim to have the majority of a race to finish in a three minute time frame. (Excluding poor form, sickness or injury)

Winners will only be penalised to be able to be competitive at the top end of the field, if in form.

We are not competing for sheep stations so all persons should be able to compete on an even basis, enjoy the moment, the company and atmosphere.

It is good to be alive and be able to front up . We are a long time dead.

We are fortunate to have a Club that is able and willing to provide an array of running races and social events for an affordable amount .

All the best for the upcoming season.

Regards,

Pat McMahon

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