Rob Walter's performance in the HMSA 25K on Sunday inched him closer to Jay Hendrickson in the race for BCRR's male "Top Gun" award. The Top Gun award is given annually to the best age graded performance in a HARRA race. Both Rob and Jay won their respective age groups in Sunday's middle leg of the HARRA Marathon Warm-Up Series. Rob's time of 1:39:43 translates to an age graded percentage of 78.89 an improvement of 0.47% over his performance in the half marathon.
Jay's time of 1:47:03 was aged graded at 78.13%, but his performance in the half marathon of 1:28:30 came out at an aged graded percentage of 79.02. How close it that? If Rob had run the 25K just 11 seconds faster (or about 0.7 sec per mile), he would be slightly ahead of Jay.
Also, in case you are wondering, Anna Helm, who blistered the half marathon in 1:30:18 leads all BCRR women in the Top Gun competition with a rating of 76.61.
We have many more races to follow and it will be interesting to track the race between Jay and Rob through next spring.