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Neville Clarke and Grainne Brennan in command at top of 2019 road/MT club standard tables, while Jon Brooker and daughter Eadie of Junior Joggers surge into second place.
Neville Clarke put in a top effort to clock 43:54 in the Wymondham NYD 10K on Jan 1st to put himself clear at the top of the men’s club standard table for road and multi-terrain (MT) with an age grade of 78.32% (diamond). Grainne Brennan’s 19:46 in the 5K Handicap last Tuesday was enough to put her well clear in the women’s table on 74.70% age grade (platinum). The dark horse is 11 year-old Junior Jogger Eadie Brooker, daughter of Jon Brooker, who has leapt into second place in the women’s table after a big PB of 24:17 in the Cambridge parkrun on Saturday, to earn an age grade of 69.60% (gold). Well done to her and to Jon himself, who is now in second place in the men’s table, thanks to his impressive 19:51 in the 5K Handicap.
Belinda Schofield and Neil Pollard head 2019 XC club standard tables after Suffolk Championships.
Belinda Schofield wasted no time in establishing her top position in the 2019 XC club standards table in the women’s 10K Suffolk Championship at Culford School on 6th January. She clocked 60:39 to earn 67.24% age grade, putting her straight into gold standard, ahead of Emma Newman (65.08%) also in gold. In the men’s 10K, Neil Pollard clocked 35:48, earning himself 79.05% age grade (diamond club standard), with Neville Clarke (75.97%) also in diamond not far behind. The XC club standard competition continues at Haughley Park in Stowmarket on Jan 20th.
Final Women’s and Men’s Club Standard Tables for 2018
The top female Jogger on age grade % for 2018 was Daisy Glover (83.41%, sapphire standard), a formidable achievement. Since last autumn she has been representing her new club Framlingham Flyers. Next came Grainne Brennan (77.65%, diamond), Ursula Ransom (75.49%, diamond) and Hannah Pollard (75.46%, diamond). For the men, Paul Holley (88.05%, ‘super’ sapphire) was undisputed champion, followed by Greg Davis (82.92%, sapphire), Neil Pollard (82.88%, sapphire) and Neville Clarke (80.02% sapphire). A fantastic effort by all those leaders and well done to all in the club who managed to raise, maintain or limit the decline in their age-graded standards throughout the year. Hopefully theses tables helped people gauge their progress and running ability according to age.
On the last day of 2018, two club members moved up a band in standards as a result of performances in the Ely NYE 10K and Peterborough NYE 10K. At Ely, Lynda McCormack climbed from Silver to Gold with her time of 56:17 (67.28%), while at Peterborough, Paul Dockerill successfully made it into Platinum standard after recording a PB of 39:30 (70.17%), his first ever sub-40 10K. Very well done both of them. The 2018 tables will be available to view for comparison, while the club standard tables for 2019 will start with a blank sheet, so members are challenged to re-establish their age-graded performances over the various distances for the current year.
Final XC Tables for 2018
The final cross country tables for 2018 are available to view now by clicking on the files above. There were no times given for the final fixture at Woodbridge on 2nd Dec, nor for the Bury fixture last February. The top three women on age grade were Daisy Glover 75.94%, Belinda Schofield 67.56% and Sarah Boneham 66.97%. The top three men were Paul Holley 78.04%, Greg Davis 75.47% and Neville Clarke 75.34%. Well done to them and to all those taking part.
XC Update 28th Nov 2018
As a result of the Framlingham Castle XC on 4th Nov, Stephen Edwards jumped from Silver to Gold in the XC Standards Table and Jon Brooker from Bronze to Gold.
Update 22nd Nov 2018
Following the 5K Winter Handicap on 6th Nov, the following upward movements in club standards resulted: Alexia Smithson (29:15) went from Copper to Tungsten, Sarah Kinston (28:15) from Tungsten to Bronze and Noel Benn (21:19) from Bronze up to Gold in one leap. Well done on these big efforts. Welcome to new member Ian Woodroffe, who went into Bronze standard with his time of 2:15:30 in the Lode HM on 4th Nov and then into Silver with his 29:49 in the 5K handicap on 6th Nov…super progress!
Update for 22nd Oct 2018
Daisy Glover is now a member of Framlingham Flyers and will be representing them in most of her races, though remains for the time being as second claim to Newmarket Joggers, so we shall be reporting on her achievements where she represents our club, such as in the recent Thurlow 10 mile race. It is sad to see her go and she has raced brilliantly while representing Newmarket Joggers. We wish her the very best of luck in her new club. Her formidable achievements to date will remain in the club standards table, to be archived at the close of 2018.
A new entry in the Women’s Table is Tracey Bolden, who has entered Bronze standard in her first race for Newmarket Joggers, the Perkins Great Eastern HM, where she clocked 2:14:50 on 14th Oct. Well done Tracey! Sharon Woodroofe has climbed from Tungsten to Bronze standard as a result of her 1:05:24 effort in the Cambridge Town & Gown 10K on 21st Oct. New member Eliot Bentley has entered the table at Bronze standard following his 1:46:27 in the King’s Forest HM on 20th Oct. A big welcome back to the club for Carolynn Anderson, who was our chairperson for several years, not so long ago. She enters the table in Silver standard on the strength of her 25:25 parkrun time this year. Well done all.
Club Standards Update for 8th Oct 2018
The weekend’s races caused some significant upward movements in club standards. As a result of performances in the Abington 10K on 7th Oct, Rebecca Fordham (54:50) and Sianie Painter (57:43) went from Bronze to Silver, while Hannah Parsons (52:16), Jan Holmes (55:10) and Jenny Osbourn (67:46) all went from Silver into Gold. In the Chester Marathon, young Oliver Daykin clocked an impressive 2:52:30 in his first known marathon, which takes him from Gold to Platinum standard. Very well done and deserved by all of them!
Club Standards Update 5th Oct 2018
Lots to report after the Winter 5K Handicap results from Tuesday!
In the women’s club standards table, Jackie Hall (24:57) moved from Bronze to Silver, Caroline Mcintosh (30:20) and Cathy Russell (26:14) from Silver to Gold and Isabella Soro (20:47) from Gold to Platinum. New members Orla Dockery (32:17) and Alexia Smithson (30:24) both went into Copper standard. Jenny Osbourn (32:31) put in a tremendous bid for Gold, with her best 5K time of the year by over a minute, but fell short by just two seconds. Very unlucky! It will surely come soon. In the men’s table, Simon Harris (18:40) made a big move from Platinum to Diamond. It was Steve Edwards’ first road race of the year (21:47) and he went safely into Gold, while new member Craig Ladley (22:38) went straight into Bronze.
See above XC Tables. Getting ready for the continuation of the 2018 XC fixtures! Next fixture, Framlingham Castle, Sunday 4th November.
1st October: No changes this week but a reminder to Ellie Bithell and Jan Holmes that they are both teetering on the brink of Gold standard at 64.99% age grade. A 23:27 by Ellie or a 26:52 for Jan in the Winter 5K Handicap would tip them over! The reason Jan’s time is higher than her current PB is that she’s had a birthday since her best time was set.
Club Standard Update 24th Sept 2018
Neville Clarke moved up to the highest club standard of Sapphire with his 42:33 time in the Coltishall 10K on 23rd Sept, earning 80.02% age grade. Very well done indeed and well deserved after knocking on the door a few times!
Club Standards Update 11th Sept 2018
Jill O’Grady moved from Tungsten to Bronze as a result of her 26:48 PB in the Kevin Henry 5K at Cambridge on 6th Sep. Daryl Moran also moved from Tungsten to Bronze with his 23:18 at Cambridge, while new member Baz Colley went straight into Bronze with his 25:49 time in the same race. Well done to them all!
Club Standards Update 4th Sept 2018
Melanie Tindale climbed from Gold to Platinum as a result of her 21:45 at Rutland Water parkrun earlier this year. Well done!
Club Standards Report 20th August 2018
Just one change to the club standards table to report since the last update. Emma Newman moved from Silver to Gold standard due to her 22:20 time in the Littleport parkrun on 18th August. Her age grade rating is now 66.19% so well done!
Club Standards Report 23rd July 2018
The Kevin Henry 5K league race at Carver Barracks on 12th July saw a number of positive upward movements in the club standards tables:
Hannah Parsons and Meera Mahadevan moved deftly from Bronze to Silver, Tasmin Long strode confidently from Silver to Gold (very nearly to Platinum) and Adam Maltpress made a giant leap for mankind from Bronze to Gold. New members Isabella Soro and Olivia Carter aimed straight for Gold, no messing! Marc Drury and Jason Bevan took a speedboat from Gold to Platinum, while Sam Sadler, Chris Gay, Grainne Brennan and Hannah Pollard all hitched a lift in a Porshe from Platinum to Diamond. So it’s nice to see NJs challenging themselves and improving all the time.
Elsewhere, Alice Leadbeter sneaked over to the Girton 5K and promptly said goodbye to Tungsten and hello Bronze.
Club Standard Report 20th June 2018
As a result of the Kevin Henry 5K club race on Newmarket Heath last Thursday, it is great to announce that there have been a number of positive upward movements in the Club Standard Achievement Tables:
Sianie Painter: Tungsten to Bronze.
Laura Gomez: Bronze to Silver.
Carol Mcintosh: Bronze to Silver.
Sarah Boneham: Silver to Gold.
Jason Bevan (New Member): Straight into Gold.
Martyn Taylor (First race of 2018): Straight into Gold.
Stuart Sowerby: Gold to Platinum.
Alex Cairns: Platinum to Diamond.
Well done to all those and to all the other runners in the Kevin Henry race who all contributed to the NJ team points.
Other recent achievements in June 2018 to add:
Bee Chapman: Bronze to Silver in the Newmarket GRL
Stephanie Greenwood: Tungsten to Bronze in parkrun
Andrew Rice: Iron to Copper in Newmarket GRL
Neil Pollard: Diamond to Sapphire in the Framlingham Friday 5.
Special congratulations are due to Neil Pollard for making it into the highest club standard band to join Daisy Glover, Paul Holley and Greg Davis.
About the Club Standards
In Newmarket Joggers, like any other running club, the time you take to run a particular distance shows how quick or slow you are compared with other club members. However, our senior club members range in age from 16 to 70+ and it’s clear that advancing age takes its toll on how fast people can run, just as youngsters in Junior Joggers will steadily improve as they approach adulthood. Age grading is a way of comparing athletes’ performances, allowing for the difference in ages. Runners tend to reach their peak potential from their 20s to their 30s if trained in their earlier years, with performances in longer races like marathons peaking later than sprint and middle distances. However, it’s quite common now for people to begin running or come back to running in their 30s, 40s, 50s or 60+ with very little training in their earlier years. Late starters will be rewarded with a flurry of motivating PBs and will enjoy their journey to peak fitness.
In the 1950/60s someone in their 40s or older running down the road to keep fit might have been considered mad or sad….fetch the yellow van! All the running gear available to wear in those days would have been white plimsolls (standard canvas gym shoes) with white singlet vests and white gym shorts/skirts. Don’t know why everything was white….harks back to school PE lessons I guess. Thankfully, those days are gone but everyone is now forking out a fortune for all the latest fitness wear for themselves, their children and grandchildren.
Re the club standard tables, the main thing is not to concentrate exclusively on those who have the highest age grades and therefore the highest club standards. The most successful runners can be a positive inspiration and role model for other club members. However, each level of standard may be an important milestone for a particular club member. Beginner runners have the most potential to improve their standards, yet may be the slowest at the start. Experienced runners may be content to maintain the age-graded standards they achieved when younger. Maintaining an age grade % is a much more positive feeling than watching your times get progressively slower.
In the Club Standard tables, we keep records for the current year only, from Jan 1st to December 31st, which can then be archived. So every year is a new challenge and you can start afresh. The advantage is that, as you grow older, you will be allowed to take a bit longer in every race to maintain the same Club Standard! Your age grade % is adjusted for every year of age, not in 5 year brackets. The 5 year interval Club Standard tables are for reference only, so you can see approximately what time and pace you need for a particular standard in a particular race from 5K to Marathon, according to your age. If you would like to work out your exact own Age Grade % the calculator is freely available at:
You can EITHER: Set a target age grade % for a certain distance/age/gender, e.g. 60.00% and calculate the time required by pressing the “Result” button, OR: Enter the time for the distance/age/gender and calculate your age grade % by pressing the “Age-Grade” button. Note: this calculator is the most up to date (2015) and generally recognised as the best available. The parkrun website uses its own version of the official tables, which does not appear to have been updated, so does differ somewhat. It seems to give more generous age grades for older runners. All age grades in the Club Standard Tables will be according to the calculator on this page, using the exact age of the club member when the race was run. The calculator will cope with all unusual distances too, such as 5.4K in the Newmarket Heath Race. Please let us know if there are any errors, queries or omissions in your results.
The tables for women and men are being kept separate at present, even though there is an allowance for female and male gender in age grades. They are based on your % speed compared to the world record holder for your gender and age. Keeping them separate makes it easier to sort and compare in a number of ways and also for entering data into the table. A grand list could easily be compiled from the separate tables to show female and male combined if required. Also, a significantly larger proportion of the women are beginners or fairly new to running and more men are experienced runners, so a combined table tends to look top-heavy with more men attaining the highest age grades, which isn’t helpful for a meaningful comparison.
Age Grade % reference tables: