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 from Bronze to Silver. Tasmin Long strode from Silver to Gold(very nearly to Platinum) and Adam Maltpress made a big leap from Bronze to Gold, while new members Isabella Soro and Olivia Carter aimed straight into Gold standard, no messing! Marc Drury and Jason Bevan both sailed by yacht 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.
The latest club standard tables are given below as at 23rd July 2018:
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 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: http://www.howardgrubb.co.uk/athletics/wmalookup15.html 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 estimated allowance for gender in age grades. It 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 male and female 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 the table tends to look top-heavy with more men attaining the highest age grades, which isn’t helpful for a meaningful comparison.