2015 Kenilworth Runners Road Race Rankings
The Kenilworth Runners Road Race Rankings, established in 2008, have been updated on approximately a quarterly basis on the club website and, for the first time, have included the WMA/WAVA age grading for every performance. As per the past two years, every distance covered on the road has been included in the rankings.
As is the tradition, firstly a brief explanation to explain the rankings:
The ranking lists cover all distances competed in road races, This means that the following are excluded: track races, cross country, off-road races and (most) events considered as multi-terrain by UK Athletics (This is something of a grey area as there are a few events classed as such which I know to be more of a ‘road race’ then those which hold a road race licence. I’ve therefore used some discretion).
As some of the events have literally hundreds of entries, for this document and on the main page for each distance on the website, the fastest time for each runner is displayed. The website will have a separate table to show all performances over a distance by all runners (The tables you will be familiar with if you have been following them over the year).
Parkrun results are included. Whilst the free weekly parkrun events are not strictly races, the courses are certified as accurate (or as near as damn it) and times are used by UK Athletics on their Power of 10 website. In keeping with UK Athletics, parkrun is now a separate entity from 5k races. Note that, for the time being, the 5k All Time List contains parkrun performances. It is still on the To Do List to separate this table into 5k and parkrun performances.
Since 2010, 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 at a web page created by Howard Grubb. The grades should be accurate for all races.
IMPORTANT NOTE: In 2015 Messrs Grub and a small band of his WMA experts composed new 2015 tables taking into account (And sometimes disregarding) new World Records and Age Best times set in the past few years. I've had a play with the new grades and they significantly change some peoples Age Grades - in many instances making them a fair bit (1-2%) lower.
For the time being I am going to stick with the 2006/10 figures I've used since 2010. My reasons are as follows: 1. If I use 2015 tables age grades cannot be directly compared with efforts in previous years (unless I go back and recalculate all figures). This troubles me a little. 2. I'm not aware of anybody else currently using the 2015 tables. This primarily is parkrun and Power of Ten who, when last checked, are still using 2006/10 figures. 3. I don't totally agree with some of the reasons that the experts gave for allowing some times to affect the grades and not others. I have a hunch that the 2015 grades may not stand the test of time that long.
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 2014. Unless indicated otherwise, runners with an * after their name in a table are highlighted as I’ve queried their membership status for that race.
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, in a few cases, the athlete profile on the Power of 10 website (Which only features UK Athletics affiliated races and I’ve not had a chance to thoroughly check this year). I am sure that there are a number of events that have slipped my attention. Finally, the rankings include results up to the end of the year i.e. the 31st December 2015.
I hope you enjoy the 2015 Rankings and note that the opinions contained herein are my own and do not reflect those of the club and its committee.
The results were last updated on the 20th January 2016 and include results up to and including December 31st on the Club's Race Reports page.