Metro 5k Handicaps

Metro Aberdeen RC are once again organising our Metro 5k Handicaps this summer for members only.

When is it?



This is free to all club members.

How do I enter?

Members will be emailed in the weeks leading up to the series with details on how to get involved. Entry will be by submission of your current 5k time by email. This should be from a recent Parkrun and an honest assessment of your current form rather than a guess of what you think you will run this course in. Nobody likes a sandbagger!


Registration will be taken on the night in the car park opposite the Hazlehead running track at 6pm sharp.


Starting in the Hazlehead Football Pavilion pitches the course starts through the pitches and down onto Hazledene Road turning right for a short section and then right again to take runners up the road between the Hazlehead 9 hole golf course and Hazlehead Park before turning left up the rough track between the golf courses and the highest point of the course at the turning point for Hazlehead Parkrun where runners turn left and head on the wooded trail towards Countesswells Road. We follow this path all the way back to Hazledene Road where runners cross back onto the football pitches for a gruelling final 1/2 mile around the edge of the pitches to the finish outside the pavilion.

Check it out on Strava

How does the Handicap series work?

Using your submitted 5K time, all runners are given a handicap time which is calculated as the difference between your submitted time and the slowest time submitted by everyone entered. The race starts in front of the Hazlehead Football Pavilion, with the runner with the lowest handicap starting first. The remaining runners are set off after their handicap time has elapsed until the runner with the highest handicap (fastest person) starts. If everyone runs the same time as their submitted time then everyone finishes together! Your finish time from each race is then used to adjust your handicap time for the next race. You can run one race or all three, although points are awarded for each race in the series, with the highest total declared the series winner.


Bragging rights only and as mentioned, nobody likes a sandbagger!

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