If you are truly interested in making progress as a runner, make use of athlete ranking facilities such as Power of 10 and runbritain. These are sister groups so if you register with one you'll be registered with the other. Why bother? runbritain, for example, provides for free:

  • a log of all (or nearly all) race performances
  • a log of parkruns
  • for each of your event types, a comparison of your performance with other UK athletes. This is expressed as a percentage e.g. 25% for top 25%
  • your current "handicap" based upon your recent best 5 performances
  • a chart that displays your change in handicap over time - it can be great fun watching that climb
  • a graphic display & tables that allow you to go 'head-to-head' with other athletes
  • your ranking, across all event types, within your age category
  • UK rankings, that can be filtered by gender, year, event distance & event type
  • results tables for all recognised UK races 

Watching your handicap improve can be hugely motivational and the ranking tables give something, and perhaps someone, to aim for. 

 

A profile in runbritain.

A profile in runbritain.