The Okehampton Running Club award scheme seeks to credit its members with their race performances in a fair way regardless of age and gender.
There are six levels of achievement: Sapphire, Bronze, Silver, Gold, Diamond & Platinum. An important aspect of the scheme is to focus on your own progress rather than comparing your ability to other club members.
In order for a member to achieve an award they are required to run a race or club time trial at one of the qualifying distances of 1 mile, 5Km, 10Km, 10 Mile, half marathon (13.1 miles) and full marathon (26.2 miles)
At the end of the club year, which runs from April to March, each member will receive a certificate for their achievements with the times they recorded for each qualifying distance and the colour of award that time earns them.
As an example: to achieve the “Gold” award at 5k a 30 year old male would need to complete the distance in less than 18 minutes & 42 seconds, whereas a 60 year old female would get 27 minutes & 44 seconds. These times are considered an equivalent difficulty given the age and gender of the individuals.