Run Predict shows you your Age Graded Percentage, Time & Class
So what exactly is Age Grading?
Age Grading provides very valuable information for any runner and has many uses:
Age Grading is calculated by using a time for the distance you have run, which is approximately equal to the world record for your gender, and then by adjusting this time accordingly to take into account your age, giving you a 'Standard Time' for the distance for your age and gender.
This 'Standard Time' is the theoretical world best time for the distance you have run for a person of your age and gender.
Age Graded Percentage
Your Age Graded Percentage is the percentage of the 'Standard Time' that you have achieved. 100% would be an approximate world record for your age and gender.
Age Graded Time
Your Age Graded Time is worked out by adjusting your running time to what it would have been or will be, theoretically, during your prime running years.
If you are younger or older than your prime running years, then your Age Graded Time will be less than (better than) your actual time but if you are still within your prime running years, this time will be equal to your actual time.
Prime running years vary between genders and distances but in general it is someone in their 20's.
Age Graded Class
Your Age Graded Class is based on your Age Graded Percentage.
The class you achieve indicates at what level your performance is for your age and gender and is worked out as follows:
100% and over = Approximate world record
90% to 99.99% = World Class
80% to 89.99% = National Class
70% to 79.99% = Regional Class
60% to 69.99% = Local Class
55% to 59.99% = Personal Class 1
50% to 54.99% = Personal Class 2
45% to 49.99% = Personal Class 3
40% to 44.99% = Personal Class 4
Under 40% = Personal Class 5
The Age Grading calculations in Run Predict are based on tables originally created by the World Master Athletics (WMA) but have been updated to take into account newer world record times.