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HRRL Intra-Club

Championship

Age-Graded

Tables Season 2021-22

Ongoing tables. So long as you race 6 (Main league) and 4 (shorter races) for the Mini League, you will be on the final tables. Your name will appear following the first race you finish.

What is it?

An intra-club Age-Graded League Championship based upon all ten of  the HRRL Races and a mini-league based upon the six ‘shorter’ HRRL races. Only your best six will count for the main league and best four for the mini league - thus you can miss four of the main races and two of the shorter races and still 'place' in the leagues.

What are the ten races?

The ten races are:

  1. Overton 5 mile

  2. Lordshill 10k

  3. Gosport Half Marathon

  4. Victory 5 mile

  5. Stubbington 10k

  6. Ryde 10 mile

  7. Salisbury 10 mile

  8. Alton 10 mile

  9. Netley 10k

  10. Alresford 10k

Date's for each race are displayed on the Road & XC fixtures page here

What are the six 'shorter' races?

The six races are:

  1. Overton 5 mile

  2. Lordshill 10k

  3. Victory 5 mile

  4. Stubbington 10k

  5. Netley 10k

  6. Alresford 10k

Date's for each race are displayed on the Road & XC fixtures page here

What exactly is Age-Grading and how will it affect me?

Age grading is a statistical approach to measuring the relative strength of a performance for an athlete of a given age. Most people agree that a 55-year-old running a 20:00 5k is a more impressive time than a 25-year-old running 19:00, even though the younger runner’s performance is faster in an absolute sense.

Age grading quantifies exactly where you stand relative to the predicted all-time best for all runners of your age and is expressed as a percentage i.e. a score of 70% would mean you finished 30% below the predicted fastest time of a runner your own age.

So, if you are a 49-year-old woman who has run a 10k road race in 40 minutes, and the predicted all-time best for that age is 34 minutes, your age grade percent is 34 ÷ 40 = 85%.

Conversely, if you are a 32-year-old woman who has run a 10k road race in 37 minutes, and the predicted all-time best for that age is 30 minutes, your age grade percent is 30 ÷ 37 = 81%.

This means the 49-year-old woman will 'win' that race due to the higher percentage.

So how will the league placings be sorted?

The average of your best six age grades will determine your final position after Alresford 10k has been completed. Similarly, the average of your four best age grades for the shorter races will determine your place in the mini league. The league's will be updated after each race to reflect 'real time' placings (rolling average); thus a low grading at one race will cause your average to drop - however, after Alresford, your best six (main league) and four (mini league) will be taken to give you your final average - and ergo your final place in the league. If you only race six / four, the 'zeros' will not be counted in your rolling average throughout the season.

Which Age-Grade Calculator will be used?

The Age-Grade calculator used is that adopted by the British Masters Athletic Federation (BMFA). More information on the BMFA can be found here