The club’s Personal Achievement Awards are a way of recognising individual club members’ achievements during the year based on their WAVA age graded performances. The awards year runs from 1st January to 31st December. On achieving a particular award level (see details below) the individual is presented with a trophy to mark the achievement.
Any member of the club can take part in the Personal Achievement Awards. For a race result to be considered for inclusion towards a members Personal Achievement Award, that individual must be a member at the time of the race.
The Personal Achievement Awards are based on an individual‘s performance across a range of 7 distances based on their Age Graded times. We use the Age Grading system so that runners performance can be compared on an ‘even playing field’. Using the WAVA system we can compare performances of men v ladies, a 30 year old v a sixty five year old etc on a fair and equitable basis.
The awards system works across seven distances - 5k, 5 mile, 10k, 10 miles, half marathon, 20 miles and marathon. The Personal Achievement award is based on a minimum of 3 race results across those distances with no more than one to count at any one distance. The one exception is the club award where a member has to submit at least 4 race times but they can be any combination of the seven race distances (eg three 5Ks, one 10k or 2 5Ks, 1 10k, 1 5 mile etc).
The race must be a public attended race with a measurement certificate and a minimum of 15 finishers. The race time used to calculate a members age graded times will be the lesser of the ‘gun to finish time’ or the ‘chip to chip’ time. Members simply need to submit their race time and the club will calculate the age grading percentage using the same set of tables that are used for the UKs parkruns. The club maintains a full set of race results, including the clubs handicap 5k events and it is these that are used to determine Personal Achievement Awards. It is up to members to ensure that their race time are included in the club results. All race times can be submitted at email@example.com
For the 5k distance, members can use their best club 5k handicap time if they wish. Parkrun times cannot be included. For the CLUB award where multiple 5k times could be submitted to count, a maximum of two of the four can be a club handicap 5k.
There are 8 achievement levels:
CLUB - 4 races at any distance
TIN - 3 of the 7 race distances greater than or equal to WAVA 50%
BRONZE - 3 of the 7 race distances greater than or equal to WAVA 55%
SILVER - 3 of the 7 race distances greater than or equal to WAVA 60%
GOLD - 3 of the 7 race distances greater than or equal to WAVA 65%
DIAMOND - 3 of the 7 race distances greater than or equal to WAVA 70%
PLATINUM - 3 of the 7 race distances greater than or equal to WAVA 75%
CRYSTAL - 3 of the 7 race distances greater than or equal to WAVA 80%
As a member achieves each level they will be presented with a trophy showing the level they have achieved.
Johnny runs the following races:
21/1/23 5k 23:56 58.65%
3/3/23 10k 49:12 57.63%
1/6/23 10 miles 86:23 53.21%
10/10/23 parkrun 22:56 59.78%
He is eligible for a TIN Personal Achievement Award because he has achieved 50% WAVA at three different distances.
Sarah runs the following:
8/1/23 parkrun 33:45 48.92%
10/3/23 parkrun 35:21 47.89%
21/4/23 10k 1:01:44 45.78%
28/5/23 5k handicap 34:42 48.34%
12/7/23 5k handicap 34:03 48.56%
12/11/23 parkrun 32:56 50.01%
10/12/23 5 mile 52:56 48.54%
Sarah hasn’t achieved 3 results at 50% or above so she cannot claim a TIN level award. She has ran four qualifying runs (the two 5k handicaps plus the 5 mile and 10k) so can claim a CLUB level award. Note how the parkruns cannot be counted.
Edward runs the following races:
12/7/23 handicap 5k 21:43 70.67%
10/10/23 10 mile 73:45 69.87%
24/10/23 half marathon 1:31:56 71.23%
12/11/23 parkrun 21:36 71.12%
10/12/23 5 mile 38:05 67.21%
Edward can claim a GOLD level award. Although has has run three races at over WAVA 70%, one of those was a parkrun so he hadn’t quite reached the DIAMOND level. One more race at 70% or higher before the end of the year would enable Edward to claim his DIAMOND level award.
Awards in 2023
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