Xempo Standards

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.

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. Times run in races at any time since the start of 2019 (performances from before my break in racing do not count)
White Standard

5K
17:38

Achieved on 14/3/19

5 Mile
29:09

Achieved on 31/3/19

10K
Any
10 Mile
61:03

Achieved on 17/3/19

Half Mar
1:38:55

Achieve on 24/3/19

Marathon
Any
Yellow Standard

5K
17:06

Achieved on 11/4/19

5 Mile
29:05

Achieved on 21/4/19

10K
sub 55:00

10 Mile
sub 61:03

Half Mar
sub 2H00

Marathon
sub 4H15

Orange Standard

5K
sub 17:06

5 Mile
sub 29:04
10K
sub 52:00

10 Mile
sub 61:02

Half Mar
sub 1H55

Marathon
sub 4H00

Green Standard

5K
sub 17:05

5 Mile
sub 29:03

10K
sub 48:00

10 Mile
sub 61:01

Half Mar
sub 1H45

Marathon
sub 3H45

Blue Standard

5K
sub 17:04

5 Mile
sub 29:02

10K
sub 45:00

10 Mile
sub 61:00

Half Mar
sub 1H40

Marathon
sub 3H30

Purple Standard

5K
sub 17:03

5 Mile
sub 29:01

10K
sub 42:00

10 Mile
sub 60:59

Half Mar
sub 1H30

Marathon
sub 3H15

Red Standard

5K
sub 17:02

5 Mile
sub 29:00

10K
sub 38:00

10 Mile
sub 60:58

Half Mar
sub 1H25

Marathon
sub 3H00

Silver Standard

5K
sub 17:00

5 Mile
sub 28:00

10K
sub 35:00

10 Mile
sub 58:00

Half Mar
sub 1H15

Marathon
sub 2H45

Gold Standard

5K
sub 15:30

5 Mile
sub 25:00

10K
sub 32:00

10 Mile
sub 53:00

Half Mar
sub 1H10

Marathon
sub 2H30

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