Wicat Scheme

The Wicat Star Rating Scheme. Colin Smith (BFR coach)


On scrutinising the Results page on our web-site I was aware that there were a number of members who do not make use of the BFR Wicat Scheme, even though their race and time trial results are recorded. This is an excellent means by which people can improve their performances, and I cannot recommend it enough. To use the scheme click onto the Age Grading link, then click the Star Ratings/Wicat link to get a table of times for gender and age; this contains star ratings for different times – the faster the time – the higher the star rating. Choose a realistic set of times for four races or track times; these should all be of the same star rating. Times will be recorded on the Results page in the usual way, but will now have the star rating set against them. At the AGM members who participated in the Wicat scheme receive a well earned cloth badge for sowing onto their running kit. The following year the inclination is to get a higher star rating – thus improving performance.


What people invariably find is that it is difficult to get their last Wicat star time (for example they may have three 6 star times the others are 5 star times), that’s the point of the scheme, it makes you work harder at getting your last star time. If people are struggling to get a final star time just contact me and I can arrange to run extra track time trial sessions, provided that the distances are on the Wicat table of times.  


So for those established members, and more particularly those new members who were not aware of this scheme and who would like to join it, get in touch with our Web-master Mike Raistrick either by going through his web contact process, or just phone him.


Thanks Colin for drawing the Wicat to everyone's attention. I must admit I didn't really understand what it was before and was really interested to see the tables as it gives you something to aim for. Although I prefer to call it WhizzCat......

Reply to Mike

Whoops! Thanks Mike I do seem to have misunderstood how you were organising the Wicat scheme on the web-site, I should have realised that every club member gets their times included in the scheme by default, but clearly I didn’t. In my announcement I was trying to promote the scheme to the membership as it seems to me that it should have a greater exposure than it has over recent years.


I would be surprised if any club member did mind that their age can be deduced from their star ratings – it’s a really good advert for our sport (and club) after all. Nevertheless, I think that you are right to be cautious, this information is in the public domain and people should have the right to confirm that they want their star ratings to be put on the web-site. Could I ask, though, that you make the reason for signing up for the scheme a bit clearer on the web-site results page so that other people do not have the problem that I had, and that you also try to find a way to give the Wicat scheme greater exposure than it has at the moment.


Many thanks Mike, Colin       


Hi Colin, just by way of

Hi Colin,

just by way of explanation - when I set up the website I made it so that everybody's race results & times gets calculated for a Wicat score and other age graded times.

I might have been a bit over-cautious but I thought that people might not be too happy if this information was published 'by default' because it can be used to (kind of) work out how old you are - so on that basis I made publishing the age graded information something that people could choose to say 'yes' to once they created a website account.

All of the committee can still see *everybody's* Wicat scores irrespective of whether they are published or not, and the awards are made on the basis of all of the scores - not just the published ones. So you won't miss out on an award if you don't have a website account or haven't ticked the right box.

The point remains however that for individual members to see / track their age grading information they need to sign up and tick the box.

It would be very easy to change this to display it for everybody in the club by default. What do people think? Would anybody be unhappy with this approach?