Ranking list evaluation

Factors used to calculate the ranking list are the length, the cumulative altitude gain and other difficulties of the course for all ultramarathons included in the UEC, on the basis of the best times recorded by the fastest UEC participants in the years 2010 - 2014.
The following table shows the current valid data as of 04/2015 for the length and the cumulative altitude gain for all ultramarathons included in the UEC. Its validity is based on the percentage of the best time in Biel, the longest race included in the schedule. If there are significant deviations in the length, the cumulative altitude gain, etc. in one particular race, parameters are adjusted accordingly. Both of the best times in Biel then form the basis for all calculations.

Race
Course length in km
Altitude gain in m

Best time
in seconds

Validity factor in % (rounded off)

Men
Women
Men
Average
Women
Petit-Ballon
52
2.300
4:25:51
15.951
(Buchebner 2013)
4:51:11
17.471
(Schiebel 2013)
57
55
53
Mnisek
50
925
3:17:59
11.879
(Stegner 2013)
3:50:01
13.801
(Kern 2014)
43
43
42
Rennsteiglauf
72,7
1450
5:23:49
19.429
(Stork 2010)
6:15:44
22.544
(Hajek 2013)
70
69
68
Biel
100
640
7:44:40
27.880
(Stork 2010)
9:09:45
32.985
(Braun 2010)
100
100
100
Celje
75
870
5:13:55
18.835
(Stegner 2013)
6:07:39
22.059
(Kern 2014)
68
68
67
Wörthersee
57
1800
4:46:25
17.185
(Baldauf 2013)
5:38:58
20.338
(Hajek 2013)
62
62
62
Alb
50
1100
3:39:23
13.163
(Baldauf 2013)
4:04:10
14.650
(Kern 2013)
47
46
44



Using the mean factors thus generated, the normed course times are then calculated for all UEC finishers in each race. Selection of the three best race results for the races in the schedule is then made on the basis of the smallest time deviation per finisher (see following examples of a calculation), giving in turn  an overall ranking in the European Cup.

The calculation of the time deviation is composed of the following steps:

 1. The race time of the competitor is converted into seconds.      
2. The number of seconds is divided by the average percentage obtained for the race, and multiplied by 100. This gives the figure compared to the 
best time in Biel. 
3. The number of seconds shown as the difference between the calculated time and the best time in Biel represents the time deviation thus calculated (+ or -).          
4. The total of the time deviations in the best three race performances gives the ranking in the UEC results list.

Calculation example (PDF)

New basis for evaluation of results from 2014: Runners who have participated in all 7 races in the schedule over a period of one, two, or three consecutive years receive a certificate. Runners who participate in all scheduled races in 2015 receive a certificate at the prize-giving ceremony in Schwäbisch Gmünd.  Runners who finish in all 7 races in 2014 and 2015 receive the certificate by post after final evaluation of all results has been completed.

Error prevention or failure to include data in the evaluation: Please take special care when registering for the individual events. This especially involves being careful to use an identical name, e.g. with hyphens in first names or double-barreled surnames, etc. When registering for the events in the Czech Republic and in Slovenia, please do not use umlauts or special symbols (i.e. change these to ue, oe, ae, and use ss instead of ß).