In 2019 I introduced a series of time standards to apply to road distances. The rationale of the standards is (a) to provide a focus as I look to re-start my improvements on the road and (b) to provide a motivation while still chasing personal bests.
The time standards are based on the Xempo colour standards. The Xempo scale works like the martial arts belt system. Increasing standards of race performance are rewarded with different colours from the Xempo range. Starting at white, through the colours to gold.
- Where my standards differ slightly to Xempo, is not only do I need to achieve their minimum time standard at each distance. Should my current time be faster then I have to also beat that time in order to progress through the colours.
- Each distance is separate, so I have to continue to improve at all distances in order to improve. For example if I run 20:00 at 5K
I progress to the next colour of yellow. In order to progress to orange I would need to run faster then 20:00. For any other distance I would still be at white until I have run the required minimum standard to progress to yellow for that distance.
- All times must be on UKA or ARC measured courses. parkruns and anything not officially classed as a road race does not count as a qualifying race.
- Times run in races at any time since the start of 2019 (performances from before my break in racing do not count)
Achieved on 14/3/19
Achieved on 31/3/19
Achieved on 17/3/19
Achieve on 24/3/19
Achieved on 11/4/19
Achieved on 21/4/19