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Most Improved Runner:  2008

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Most Improved Runner 2008
 
We have 3 years' worth of data now - 2006, 2007 and 2008. I compared races run in 2008 compared to 2006/7 at the same distance (but not necessarily the same race!). So the best 5 mile age-graded % from 2008 was compared to the best 5 mile age-graded % set in 2006/7 etc. This wasn't restricted to the 6 main road race distances so 12K, 15M, 30K and 20M were also included. For each distance comparison I calculated the raw % improvement and also the "adjusted" improvement, which allows for the fact that faster runners have less room for improvement. There are 1 or 2 cases only where I removed an obviously "rogue" result - where a faster runner was "pacing" a slower runner for example...Mark Tinkler springs to mind...
 
Runners were allowed into the final table if they had at least 4 distances at which they had improved and their mean adjusted improvement was positive (ie they didn't get worse on average !). They were then ranked by the mean adjusted improvement.
 
This method was approved before the final race day of the season and, unless there are any objections, will be the basis for the Most Improved Runner of 2009, comparing 2009 with 2006-8. Also, as we have now established a method, we can publish interim versions of this table at various times during the year (although I might relax the 4 distances rule for the interim results).
 
Any constructive comments, as always, are appreciated.
 
Name N Mean Mean_adj
Karen Robertson 4 8.02% 19.20%
Andy Purdy 7 4.93% 14.50%
Lynne Greenard 5 4.24% 13.40%
Simon Fawcett 5 2.73% 11.10%
Pauline Bambury 4 3.10% 11.10%
Lynne Gingell 4 4.23% 10.00%
Alison Cooper 4 3.36% 9.79%
Nora Haggart 6 2.45% 9.09%
Richard Watson 6 2.72% 6.93%
Samantha Linney 5 2.62% 6.35%
Mark Tinkler 5 2.02% 6.19%
Stuart Trevallion 4 1.64% 6.13%
Adam Hills 7 2.27% 6.12%
Amanda Friman 4 1.91% 5.81%
Linda Watson 5 2.21% 4.66%
Sarah Lee 5 1.05% 3.22%