The 2017 Summer Series is a set of seven 10k races, culminating in the Club Championships in September. The 10k distance works well for new runners trying out racing for the first time and for experienced racers who have already got the racing bug.
Prizes are awarded at each race to the fastest woman, fastest man, fasted woman (age graded), and fastest man (age graded).
At the end of the season, slightly bigger “Summer Series” prizes will be awarded in the same categories, with the best three races run by each runner to count
Read the Summer Series reports and results here as they become available
Age Grading Scoring
Age grading is a way of putting all race participants on a level playing field, regardless of age or gender. Age graded scores assists you to compare your race times to those of different runners, as well as to the standard for your age and gender. The age-grading tables were developed by the World Association of Veteran Athletes, the world governing body for track and field, long distance running and race walking for veteran athletes. The tables were first published in 1989.
The tables work by recording the world record performance for each age at each distance, for males and females. Where necessary, the world record performances are estimated. For example, the world record for a 53 year old female running a 10km is 35:01. So if a 53 year old female finishes a 10k in 45:18, she has an age graded performance of 77.3% (35:01 divided by 45:18).
The wide availability of age-grading tables has enabled older runners to complete on even terms with younger generations.