Equilibrium 5 Miles

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A virtual knockout competition, similar to our parkrun cup, but run over 5 miles and with a built-in gradient equalising factor.

This is an individuals competition; entrants were invited to respond to a facebook post or to an email message sent to the club mailing list.

Competition start date: Monday 5 October.


See who made the first cut

Check out Round 2 progress


It works like this:

  • Run a 5 mile route and submit your time via the results upload form on the Virtual Events page.
    It can be downhill but we need to know the net elevation (gain minus loss).
    e.g on a Garmin device it is the difference between “elevation gain” and “elevation loss”, so a gain of 300 and loss of 100 = 200 net gain overall.
  • For every 44 feet (13.4m) of overall loss we will add 10 secs to your minute mile pace (NB a looped run will be net zero).
  • Similarly for every 44 feet (13.4m) of overall gain we will subtract 10 secs from your minute mile pace.
  • Next, we will recalculate a new time based on this Grade Adjusted Pace (GAP).
  • We will then take this new time and calculate your WAVA score – (a score out of 100 adjusted for your age and gender).

This is a knockout competition over 5/6 rounds, depending on the initial level of interest.

Round 1
Who will make the first cut?
only the top 32/64 will go through
Round 2a
(if more than 64 in R1)
A second cut to decide the knockout 32 singles matches
Round 2b
(if fewer than 64 in R1)
A second cut to decide the knockout 16 singles matches
Last 8
Last 4
Last 2

And these are the rules:

  • 2 weeks allowed for each round
  • A maximum of 2 submissions allowed per round
  • All run times have an “expiry” date of 2 days, after that they are deemed to be beyond their “best before date”
  • Run times are to be entered as race/elapsed time
  • Run times will be made public after passing rule checks

An example of how the GAP is calculated

Male aged 57 An elevation loss Looped run net zero An elevation gain
Time 00:40:00 00:40:00 00:40:00
Pace 00:08:00 00:08:00 00:08:00
Net elevation -200 0 200
Elevation change/mile -40 0 40
GAP adjust (secs) -9:09 0:00 9:09
GAP pace 00:08:09 00:08:00 00:07:51
New time 00:40:45 00:40:00 00:39:15
WAVA (male aged 57) 65.48% 66.16% 67.42%

Check out the progress