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

Time set on 14/3/19

5 Mile

Any

10K

Any

10 Mile

61:03

Time set on 17/3/19

Half Mara

Any

Marathon

Any

Yellow Standard


5K

sub 17:38

5 Mile

sub 44:00

10K

sub 55:00

10 Mile

sub 61:03

Half Mara

sub 2H00

Marathon

sub 4H15

Orange Standard


5K

sub 17:37

5 Mile

sub 42:00

10K

sub 52:00

10 Mile

sub 61:02

Half Mara

sub 1H55

Marathon

sub 4H00

Green Standard


5K

sub 17:36

5 Mile

sub 39:00

10K

sub 48:00

10 Mile

sub 61:01

Half Mara

sub 1H45

Marathon

sub 3H45

Blue Standard


5K

sub 17:35

5 Mile

sub 36:00

10K

sub 45:00

10 Mile

sub 61:00

Half Mara

sub 1H40

Marathon

sub 3H30

Purple Standard


5K

sub 17:34

5 Mile

sub 34:00

10K

sub 42:00

10 Mile

sub 60:59

Half Mara

sub 1H30

Marathon

sub 3H15

Red Standard


5K

sub 17:33

5 Mile

sub 31:00

10K

sub 38:00

10 Mile

sub 60:58

Half Mara

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 Mara

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 Mara

sub 1H10

Marathon

sub 2H30

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