Standard Times Award Scheme - FAQs




What is it the Standard Time Award Scheme?

The standard time scheme will give members of BADGERS Running Club 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 club year, members will be rewarded with a certificate appropriate to the standard achieved. The scheme runs from 1st September to 31st August each year.




How does it work?

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

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

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 different distances of one standard. To gain a distinction you must qualify for eight different distances of that standard. It is possible to receive 2 awards at the same time, but at different standards and grades.

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.




Can I get two awards?

Yes, it is possible to receive two 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.

If you are planning on receiving two awards it if helpful to submit these separately. e.g. submit one set of results for a distinction and one set for merit (some of the races/times can be the same)




What is the difference between Merit and Distinction?

The number of races distances you must achieve.

In order to achieve a merit you must submit times for a minimum of 5 different distances.
In order to achieve a distinction you must submit times for a minimum of 8 different distances.




Does (insert name of race) count?

Firstly check the Standard Time Award - Race List to see if the race is on there.

If not check to see if the race meets the standard below.

For a race to count it must be:

*Point to Point races that meet both rules may be used - See other FAQs for further information




Does Tissington count?

Really? Take a look at the race list - Standard Time Award - Race List




How do I check if it is accurately measured?

For a course to be accurately measured it needs to obtain a certificate of course accuracy from the Association of UK Course Measurers.
If a race has a valid certificate of course accuracy, the certificate or certificate number, along with the AUKCM logo should be displayed on the race website and information.

You can also check the course measurement database for the certificate.
To do this go to this website and ADVANCE SEARCH for the races name.

Check that:

  • Race Type is "Road"
  • Configuration it's not "Point to Point"*
  • Certificate Issued on date is not greater than 10 years old**

*Point to Point races that meet both rules may be used - See other FAQs for further information

**Certificates are valid for 10 years - If the race course has not changed you may renew your certificate every year for up to 10 years before it has to be inspected or measured again.




What is a point to point race?

A point to point race is where there start and finish are at different locations.




Can I use point to point races?

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.



Why can't I use all point to point races?

A runner use less energy running down hill, as they get a helping hand from gravity. Therefore races with too much decent can't be used, as they don't give you a true representation of a runners capability.

A runner may get an advantage from a tail wind on point to point races, to stop you from having a tail wind for the complete races there is the rule stating start and finish must not be over 50% of the race distance apart. This is to insure that at some point during the race you should have to run both with and against any wind advantage.

Races like the 100 meters (a very short point to point race) have a wind reading taken during the race. If the tail wind is too high and has given the runner an advantage the time won't stand for PB/Records.




Is there a list of races I can use?

Yes, to help you achieve you standard time awards, we have made a list of races that are popular with the BADGERS members. This list will quickly outline if a race can be used to achieve a standard time award or not. It is not a full list of races that can be used.

The list can be found here: Standard Time Award - Race List

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.




I ran a race last year does it count?

It depends when last year, the scheme runs from 1st September to 31st August each year.

For example: If you are submitting towards the 2015/16 Season all races need to be done between 1st September 2015 and 31st August 2016.




How do I know what races I've done?

We recommend you keep personal record of your own races and achievements.
If you have registered for your Run Britain/ Power of 10 profile (this is free with your UKA affiliation) all races with a valid licence will be listed on your own profile page.




What is a URL and how do I find it?

The URL (Uniform Resource Locator) is the web address, this is the address where the results are on the internet.

Find your results online, then simply copy and paste the web address from the box at the top into the submission form.

For example - http://www.ba10k.co.uk/results/results-2016

If the race was a LRRL race you don't need a URL just put "BADGERS" in the box on the form.

Tip: To save you time searching for the results, your power of 10 profile will have links to most (if not all) of the results all in one place. (please don't just put a link to your profile)




Why can't I submit my times yet?

We ask that you don't submit your times before the 1st September. This is because it is still possible to better your times or add new distances up until the 31st August.




When will the submission form open?

The submission form opens on the 1st September. You will have around a month in which to submit your times, it varies depending on when the Annual Presentation Evening is being held.




When will the awards be given?

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




Why do standard times differ from other clubs/county standards?

The standard time system is set up on now out-of-date data. The WAVA system that is used to get the grades was created in 2006 and partially updated in 2010. With world records being broken yearly, this means some of the times are as much as 10 years out of date.

This had led to differences in standard times as some regional bodies / clubs make changes to in order to try and keep up-to-date.

BADGERS uses the updated 2010 WAVA system as a base, with VET categories split into 5 year blocks. The grade levels were decided by the BMG, this was done by looking at the overall members abilities, and setting the grade levels accordingly. This means that it is possible for 90% of our members to achieve a Standard Time Award at one of the 5 grades.




How do I apply for a county standard?

You need to apply direct to the Leicestershire Running and Athletics Network

Direct all questions to be directed to LRAN

Note: The times and rules for county standard are different to the clubs, please make sure you check them thoroughly.