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The level of the award is based on the average of the best performance factor (%) for a 10k, 10 mile and Half Marathon as recorded in the ranking tables. All three distances have to be run to qualify.
There are 6 levels of award:-
Over 75% - Platinum
Over 70% - Gold
Over 65% - Silver
Over 60% - Bronze
Over 55& - Club Gold
Over 50% - Club Silver
Under 50% - Club Bronze
Age Grading was developed by the World Association of Veteran Athletes, the world governing body for masters (veterans) track & field, long distance running and race walking. It uses tables of age factors and age standards (last updated in 2015 to adjust your actual time to that which would have been achieved when you were in your prime (age wise!) - age graded result. This allows comparisons across different age groups so that theoretically the performance in an event of a 75 year old can be compared to that of a 40 year old. Separate age categories are not needed for competition and the advantage of the younger person is negated.
The tables also produce an 'Age-performance factor (%) which compares your performance against that of the actual or theoretical world record time for a person of your age or sex. This factor is regularly shown with race results. Percentage performances are classed as follows:
Over 90% World Class Over 80% National standard
Over 70% Regional standard Over 60% Local standard
There is no direct male/female comparison as the World record times obviously differ.
The Ranking tables record the best actual and 'age adjusted' times for members for each calendar year for standard race distances. Records go back to 2009. The tables highlight any pbs or club records achieved. They are updated on a regular basis - links to the tables are shown here and on the News page.
The tables are intended to track performance against others and as against previous years. There are no prizes for being top!
Included in the 'age adjusted'rankings is a performance factor, expressed as a percentage. See the info to the right for an explanation. It is these percentage figures which are used to determine performance awards at the year end. All those competing in a 10k, 10m and half marathon during the calendar year will be presented with an award at the annual dinner dance.