Have you submitted your road running race times at the Runbritain rankings website to see where you rank compared to your fellow athletes?
Runbritain, the partnership that oversees road running in the UK, launched their runbritain rankings service back in 2010. Runners across the UK are able to access rankings from numerous licensed major events. Runners of all standards can log in and enter their finish times for races from 800m to Park Runs and the marathon. At time of launch runbritain MD, Geoff Wightman said: “What is so exciting is that any runner of any standard can, if they have taken part in one of the identified events, can get their ranking and runners across the country can start to compete virtually as well as on the road.”
I registered a year or so ago, entered a few race times and then to be honest I’d forgotten all about it. But then for whatever reason today, I remembered it. So, I’ve logged in and updated my data with my times from the London and Chester marathons. By the way, you can read my race reports for those events here and here. Once entered, your certified race times are compared to all the runners in the system and ranked. There’s a ranking called the National Ladder which Runbritain describes as:
The national ladder positions are an indication of where you stand out of all the road runners in the UK. They are just like the rankings in other sports like golf or tennis.
The values given indicate your Overall position amongst everybody, your position among all Men or Women and (unless you are a senior) your position in your own Age Group.
There are also positions by the postcode “district” of the runner – e.g. the AB12 part of AB12 3CD. If you don’t have any postcode rankings we probably don’t know your postcode so please login and goto the Account section to enter it.
To compute all these positions, we order everybody’s current runbritain Handicap. Updates to the ladder positions are made every week.
At time of publication my National Ladder ranking is 106621 …that doesn’t seem too impressive to me!
So there’s a handicap system (mine is currently 17.3), which presumably like a golf handicap, is supposed to reward those whose perform better than other athletes with smaller handicaps. Runbritain calculate something called the SSS which is a difficulty score for a particular race. I can’t claim to understand how the handicaps are derived, though runner and blogger Andy Yu published an item on it a couple of years ago prior to Runbritain publishing an overview of their handicap system.
To be honest, while I love stats and running data, I’m not mad on the Runbritain rankings. Well, actually, what spoils it for me is the website. I don’t find it, and the data it reports intuitive. Maybe I simply need to use it more to understand it better? Thing is, traditionally I don’t run many official races at all. That’s something I think I should change and I’m already looking to do some local Park Run races.
Do you use Runbritain and if so how do you find it?