Performance Awards Scheme
awards scheme from 2007 to 2013
also performances 1989-1991 and 2016-2018
Updated 29 May 2018

2007 to 2013

For details of the scheme see below

Here is the information collected so far

We are collecting ALL Striders race times for 2007 onwards for an awards scheme. The scheme will work as follows.

Runners' race performances will be compared with the theoretical world record (see below for definition) for that distance. A time just inside double the world record will be awarded Grade 1, and there is a scale such that a time close to the world record will be Grade 10, beating the world record will be Grade 11. For more detailed calculations see below.

The distances available are 1 mile, 2 miles, 5km, 5 miles, 10km, 10 miles, half marathon, 20 miles, marathon

The theoretical world record is taken from a set of tables. This may be a slight adjustment from the actual world record if a record is considered too easy or too hard (e.g. 10 miles is infrequently raced at world standard so may be out of date).

Men and women are treated separately i.e. we use women's world records for women!

Different ages are treated separately, the tables we use (the Age-Graded Tables) have a theoretical world record at each distance for every age.

The grades will be set at 5% bands as follows, the example shows for a half marathon for a man and woman, both aged 27

V.S.    Percent W.R.      Time better than 
Grade   Range                or equal to
                           Men      Women
   A    40.0%-44.9%
   B    45.0%-49.9%
   1    50.0%-54.9%      1:58:26   2:11:40
   2    55.0%-59.9%      1:47:40   1:59:42
   3    60.0%-64.9%      1:38:42   1:49:43
   4    65.0%-69.9%      1:31:06   1:41:17
   5    70.0%-74.9%      1:24:36   1:34:03
   6    75.0%-79.9%      1:18:57   1:27:47
   7    80.0%-84.9%      1:14:01   1:22:18
   8    85.0%-89.9%      1:09:40   1:17:27
   9    90.0%-94.9%      1:05:50   1:13:09
  10    95.0%-99.9%      1:02:20   1:09:18
  11   100.0%+           0:59:13   1:05:50
NB Striders achieving lower than grade 1 will be awarded grade "A" or "B" see above (previously grade "R").

Awarding of Certificates

When a Strider has achieved 5 performances at the same grade at 3 different distances, they will be awarded a certificate at that grade.

Some small print :

Striders achieving 5 grade "A" or "B" will also be awarded a certificate

Other years

1989 to 1991

For V S Grand Prix results for 1989-1991 in the same format, click here, includes 5 marathons sub 2:30, 5 10k's sub 32:00, a 10 mile in 52:22, a marathon 2:37 by a 52 year old, 4 ladies running sub 3:10 marathons, a lady aged 44 running 36:48 for 10k; that's just these 3 years!

2014 onwards

The results from all events for 2014 onwards will be published here

Supplementary Information

Click for full table showing sex, distance, age and times corresponding to each grade

Click for more information on age-grading (V S Website)

Click for more information on age-grading (Alan Jones)