7th July: A tremendous finale to the NJ Virtual Friday 5 Series! Stuart Sowerby took over a minute off his best time to clock 33:03 in his 4th and final run of the series and clinch the title and gold trophy at the last hurdle. This gave him an age grade of 70.50% and a best-of-3 age grade total of 206.70 points, which put him 1.30 points clear of Ruth Eberhardt at the top of the table. Ruth was a valiant runner-up and silver trophy winner and, like Stuart, had improved her times with every run in the first three rounds, until an injury sadly prevented her from competing in the 4th round. Nevertheless, she looked fairly secure with a 1.6 point lead over Stuart going into the final round and it needed a very special performance by Stuart to lift the title. In third position, Alan Shand was a deserving bronze trophy winner on 196.13 points, achieved with a very consistent set of high standard runs. Thanks to all those who took part. A fuller report will be given to include a list of those competing and their best performances.
2nd July: After the third round of the NJ Virtual Friday 5, Ruth Eberhardt has surged to the top of the table on 205.40 points, from Stuart Sowerby on 203.80 and Alan Shand on 194.65. Ruth put in her best time so far of 37:33 to earn 70.17% age grade, which puts her in Platinum standard for the first time this year, so very well done!
The Newmarket Joggers own Virtual Friday 5 Series substitutes in part for the cancelled real series of 6 x 5 mile races at various venues in Suffolk, with one just over the border in Essex, from late May to early July. It is a series of 4 x 5 mile runs, which can be recorded from Friday to Sunday each weekend, taking place on 12th June 2020, 19th -21st June, 26th-28th June and 3rd-5th July 2020. You can run any course of your choosing, hilly or flat, while following social distancing guidelines and club health & safety rules.
You don’t have to be on Strava or using a GPS device but, if you are, you are welcome to upload your run link to share with others. There will be trophies for the top three by age grade % at the end of the series. Your best 3 of the 4 races will count towards your total age graded points. The current results table is in the link near the top of this page. Good luck!
MT = Multi-Terrain, a mixture of road and off-road or different kinds of off-road such as grassland, woodland, tarmac, dirt, sand or gravel.
XC = Cross Country.
See all the archived achievements tables for 2019 and 2018 at the bottom of this page.
Download your own age grade calculator:
Please email: firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any queries concerning the club achievements tables. Thanks.
SB (Season’s Best = this year’s best) times for all the regular distances are shown in our achievements tables for club 5K races, parkruns, Newmarket GRLs, local and national races, including ARC (Association of Running Clubs) races where known. For example, the Wibbly Wobbly Log Jog and Ely NYE 10K are ARC licensed. The use of the word “season” is because, traditionally, the track athletic season used to go from spring to autumn while the weather stayed clement. Nowadays, with the growing popularity of road running and indoor track athletics, the season effectively lasts all year.
All-time PBs and indeed all your individual race results (for parkruns and UKA licensed races only, not ARC races or GRLs) are kept on the sister websites: www.thepowerof10.info and www.runbritainrankings.com. You need to register on runbritainrankings to claim your profile and handicap. Make sure that your race results are listed and that you are down as a member of Newmarket Joggers in your profile, which helps them automatically identify you and pick up your results. You can claim any missed race results if you are registered and logged into your account. Once logged in, click on “Add performances” on the runbritainrankings web page and you will be shown how to do it.
About Club Standards
Age Grade % reference tables:
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.
Road-MT (Multi-Terrain) Achievements for 2019 & 2018
XC Achievements for 2019 & 2018