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11th June: The Newmarket Kevin Henry 5K on 6th June produced some new achievement standards for members. Alice Greenwood is improving all the time and moved up to Iron standard with her 36:11 time, while Sandra Jaina (28:07), Lisa Johnson (26:50) and Francesca Laughton (26:27) all moved from Tungsten to Bronze. Anna Mayhew (24:48) moved up from Silver to Gold. Well done to those members and to all who represented the club or volunteered to help on Thursday evening.
14th May: Following the Kevin Henry 5K at Ely last Thursday, Kate Warboys (31:35) and Angela Barnes (29:23) both moved up from Copper to Tungsten standard, while Marc Drury (20:25) climbed from Gold to Platinum standard. Well done those members and to all who represented the club.
8th May: Well done Paul Dockerill, who moved up from Gold to Platinum standard following his PB 39:18 in the Breckland 10K on May Day Monday.
29th April: Sianie Painter moved up to Silver club standard with her 58:25 in the Childerley Hoohaah 10K and so did Alison McKenzie, with her 27:17 in the GRL on Sunday. Very well done to both.
Update 27th April: Thanks to their performances in the Kevin Henry 5K at Impington on Thursday, Lisa Jennings (28:39) moved from Tungsten to Bronze, Jessica Podd (24:16) from Tungsten to Silver and Lynda McCormack (26:12) from Silver to Gold, with Joanne Podd (30:10) coming straight into the table at Bronze. For the men, Jeremy Reader (23:23) and Richard Groom (23:01) progressed from Bronze to Silver, Clive Purbrook (23:12) from Gold to Platinum and Mark Hayward (17:15) from Platinum to Diamond. New member Bertie Tweed (17:31) showed a fleet turn of foot and came straight into the table at Diamond standard. Well done to all of them and to everybody who represented the club on Thursday evening,
Update 9th April: Lisa Jennings‘ 1:00:48 in the Barrow 10K and Gillian Green‘s 1:12:39 in the Haver10K moved them both up from Copper to Tungsten club standard. Well done to each of them!
Update 3rd April: Well done to new club member Elke Hausler, who now heads the Women’s Road/MT and XC Achievement tables as a result of her performances in the World Masters Athletics championships in Toruń, Poland last week. Her 43:21 in the 10K road race earns her 85.12% age grade (Sapphire+) and her 39:06 in the 8km cross country 75.53% (Diamond). Her time in the 3000m indoor track event (11:48.75), though not eligible for our tables, works out at an astonishing 89.88%. In the parkruns, Rebecca Fordham (26:25 PB!), Stephanie Greenwood (27:49 PB!) and Chris Aylmer (27:37 YB!) all moved from Bronze to Silver while Neville Clarke (20:44, cPB! YB!) clocked his best parkrun time since April 2017 and moved from Diamond to the coveted Sapphire club standard, which he also achieved in 2018.
Update 19th Mar: Well done Jeremy Reader, who climbed from Tungsten to Bronze with his performance in the Fritton Lake XC on 10th March.
Update 7th Mar: In the 5K handicap on Tues 5th March, 3 club members climbed to new standard levels. Baz Colley (24:26) moved from Bronze to Silver, Jo Cole (21:29) from Silver to Gold and Isabella Soro (21:05) from Gold to Platinum. It’s nice to welcome Jo Cole back into the club this year. She was a former club member and in the 2011/12 season set the record for the fastest women’s time of 18:38 in the 5K Handicap. She has already improved by over 2 minutes after her come-back run last month. New member Claire Acklam has shot up the rankings into 3rd place in the club achievements table, after her first run in February. Her husband Nick is also climbing high. Interesting that in the current 5K Handicap season of 2018/19, Hannah Parsons and Orla Dockery have both run 5 times since October and improved their times with each successive run. Sam Sadler did that for his first 5 runs but his time was slower this month . We can let him off after his huge effort in the Cambridge HM on Sunday! Craig Ladley and Sarah Kinston have done the same over 4 runs, improving their times with every run.
Update 4th March. The following club members moved up to new standard levels following their performances in the Cambridge HM on 3rd March: Ellie Bithell and Mike Sales both went from Bronze to Silver, while Jamie Sales and Chris Gay both climbed from Platinum to Diamond. Neil Pollard went straight into Diamond in his first race of the year. Well done for those achievements and many thanks to all members who represented the club in our favourite race of the year!
Update 26th Feb 2019: Congratulations to Jan Holmes, who went from Silver to Gold in the Road-MT achievements table with her 54:45 PB in the Thetford Trail 10K on 24th Feb. At the Bury XC event on Feb 17th there were 8 Joggers who moved up in the separate XC achievements tables: Svitlana Zinchenko went from Copper to Tungsten, Rebecca Fordham and Sianie Painter from Tungsten to Bronze, Henry Hamilton and Jamie Rule from Bronze to Silver, Mark Hayward from Bronze to Gold, Sam Sadler from Silver to Gold and Greg Davis from Gold to Diamond. Well done to them all!
Update 19th Feb 2019: Eadie Brooker star of the weekend. No less than 9 Joggers moved up a rung in the 2019 club achievements tables as a result of the 5K handicap last week and various parkruns over the weekend. Orla Dockery (29:33) climbed from Copper to Tungsten in the handicap and Dominic Doe (25:04) advanced from Bronze to Silver, while Hannah Parsons (23:13) went from Silver to Gold and is steadily improving. Isabella Soro went straight into Gold (21:10) in her first race of 2019 and Jason Bevan (18:35) went from Silver to Gold and almost to Platinum, leaving him precariously on an age grade of 69.96%. Stuart Sowerby (19:59) is in great form and advanced from Gold to Platinum in the handicap. In the parkruns on 16th Feb, Melanie Tindale (24:29) moved from Bronze to Silver at Rutland Water, James Tweed (21:51) from Silver to Gold at Bury St Edmunds and young Eadie Brooker, paced by her dad Jon Brooker at Cambridge, was the 11-year-old star of the weekend with a big PB of 23:30, taking her from Gold to Platinum and putting her a clear second to Grainne Brennan.
Update 4th Feb 2019: Greg Davis competed in his first race of 2019 and put in a huge effort in the Portsmouth Coastal HM to come home 1st of 75 in his age group in 1:27:18, earning 78.73% age grade. This puts him in second spot in the men’s table in Diamond standard. Well done Greg!
Update 28th Jan 2019: Paul Holley went straight to the top of the men’s table on 85.10% (Sapphire+) with his first race of the year, the prestigious Dubai 10K on 25th Jan, where he clocked an impressive 35:54. Jan Holmes climbed from Bronze to Silver standard thanks to her 27:49 parkrun at Cambridge on Saturday 26th Jan. The dynamic duo of Belinda Schofield (28:31) and Clive Purbrook (24:47) both climbed from Silver to Gold standard as a result of their Bury St Edmunds parkrun efforts. Belinda further upped her age grade % the next day by clocking 1:35:53 in the Freethorpe 10 mile race in Norfolk, putting her 4th in the women’s table. Stuart Sowerby (21:18) jumped straight into Gold standard for 2019, with his performance in the Newmarket GRL on Sunday 27th Jan, where he finished 2nd of 34.
Club Standards Update 22nd Jan 2019: In the Snetterton 5K on 20th Jan, Iain Perry was back on track with a 26:47, moving from Tungsten to Bronze standard, while Andrew Taylor climbed from Silver to Gold with a PB (by over a minute) of 20:49. In the same race, Grainne Brennan (19:01) went from Platinum into Diamond, putting her well clear in the women’s table and equalling her best ever 5K time according to our club records. Well done to all of them!
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.
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.
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 these tables helped people gauge their progress and running ability according to age.
On the very 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.