It’s the day before Christmas Eve (Or Christmas Eve Eve as someone referred to it on the BBC News this morning – so that must be its official title) and after many weeks of number crunching, the 2011 Kenilworth Runners Road Race RankingsTM is ready for publication.
To explain the project, some copying and pasting of introductory paragraphs from the year previous:
The format remains largely the same. With much number crunching I've produced lists for the most commonly run road distances: 5km; 5 miles; 10km; 10 miles; half marathon and marathon. Cross country or off-road races have been ignored as their claimed distances are often an approximation.
Parkrun results, to my chagrin, are still included (No offence meant – they are a great initiative. It’s just that they’ve meant an awful lot of data entering!) Whilst the free weekly Parkrun events are not strictly races, the courses are certified as accurate and times are used by UK Athletics on their excellent Power of 10 Website.
As in 2011 I’ve implemented a WMA / WAVA grading on each athlete's best performance at each distance to attempt to show an equivalency across the club's age ranges. For all distances I've used the WMA/WAVA age grading table as implemented by a web page created by Howard Grubb (He was and still is top on a Google search for such a table). Male and female performances have been combined for these listings for no other reason than that I see no reason why they shouldn’t be. It should be noted that I was not able to acquire the ages of all the club runners (They have been either classified as Senior Runners or placed in the youngest year of their age category if this was known). Moreover, as I was relying on mental dexterity rather than some fancy spreadsheet computing (As offered to me by Rich Simkiss after most of the stats were done...) I cannot guarantee that all the grades are 100% accurate.
Unless I’ve made an error, race performances made by an athlete when running for another club or previously unattached will not be included here – the runner has to have been running in the green vest, metaphorically or literally as would be the case most of the time. This affects those who have a second claim club (or who have Kenilworth Runners as their second claim club) and those who joined the club midway through the year and had already raced whilst unattached earlier in 2011.
As with previous years, there is an important caveat to remember with the compiling of the following lists. They are almost certainly not exhaustive or 100% correct as they are based solely on race reports that feature either on the club website or the athlete profile on the Power of 10 website. I am sure that there are a number of events that have slipped my and their attention. Finally, the results were compiled up to the 14 December. Any races held between 15 December and the end of the year will not be registered here (With the exception of Imogen Peace’s half marathon result on 19 December as this slotted nicely at position one and was not a pain to include – unlike the Parkrun results which almost broke me and I could not revisit once finished).
That’s enough explanation. Sit back and enjoy pouring over the stats!
Kenilworth Runners Press Office
A complete version of the rankings can be downloaded by clicking here.