BADGERS Standard Times Award Scheme

Standard Time Awards

What is it?

The standard time scheme will give members of BADGERS the opportunity to be rewarded for their personal race achievements and act as an incentive to improve their times for various distances.  At the end of each year, members will be rewarded with a certificate appropriate to the standard achieved. The scheme runs from 1st September to 31 August each year.


How does it work?

There are time standards for each age group – your age group standards should be taken from your age on or before 31st August of the year your award is to be made and will remain your age group for the year.  For example: A 43 yr old female with a birthday in May, will be 44 before 31st August and therefore she should use the VET 40-44 Standard Times.

There are 10 race distances for members ranging from 5k to Marathon. All members have four standards to work towards – Platinum, Gold, Silver and Bronze.

Men's Standard Times

Women's Standard Times

Download all this information in a handy PDF


How do I get an award?

To be awarded a certificate you must complete at least five of the distances of one standard. To gain a distinction you must qualify for eight distances of that standard. All times must be achieved at recognised athletic affiliated events with accurately measured courses (no fun runs, mixed terrain, cross country or point-to-point events*).

It is possible to receive 2 awards at the same time, but at different standards and grades. For example someone may complete 8 race distances 5 of them at Gold standard and 4 at Sliver standard. Therefore qualifying for a Silver standard at distinction grade and a Gold standard at merit grade.

Early in September, you will need to submit your Standard Times. Only on receipt of this form and the subsequent verification of your times will an award be made.


When will the awards be given?

The Standard Time Awards will be made at the Annual Presentation Evening, which is held in September/October each year.


List of Races

To help you achieve you standard time awards, we have made a list of races popular with the BADGERS members. The idea of the list is to quickly outline if a race can be used to achieve a standard time award or not.
This is not  a full list of races that can be used, you are welcome to use other races that fall within the rules.

The list can be found here: Standard Time Award - Race List
(Note: Races marked in red can't be used)

If you have done a race or are thinking of doing a race and it's not on the list, please get in touch via email (not facebook!) - Contact Us
Please include a link to the race website.


*Point to Point races that meet both rules may be used-

  • The start and finish points of a course, measured along a theoretical straight line between them, shall not be further apart than 50% of the race distance.
  • The overall decrease in elevation between the start and finish shall not exceed 1:1000, i.e. 1m per km.
For example the London Marathon meets both rules and can be used, but the Great North Run doesn't and can't be used.