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250-metre Endurance Test

Testing and measurement are the means of collecting information upon which subsequent performance evaluations and decisions are made. In the analysis, we need to bear in mind the factors that may influence the results.


This test aims to monitor the Athlete's speed endurance for the 200 metres event.

Required Resources

To conduct this test, you will require:

  • 400-metre track
  • Stopwatch
  • Assistant

How to conduct the test

This test requires the athlete to run as fast as possible over 250 metres

  • The athlete warms up for 10 minutes
  • The assistant marks with cones a 250m section on the track
  • The athlete sprints as fast as possible from a standing stationary position at the start line to the 250-metre finish line. Spikes allowed.
  • The assistant stands at the finish line and starts the stopwatch from the moment the athlete's first foot strike and stops the stopwatch when the athlete's torso crosses the finishing line
  • The assistant records the time


I have been unable to locate any normative data for this test.

To obtain a predicted 200-metre time, enter the 250-metre time and then select the Calculate button.

Target 250m time seconds     Predicted 200m time seconds

Calculations are based on Dick (1987)[1] table of controls for 100/200m/400m athletes.

Predicted times for the 250-metre test

The following calculator will predict the time for 250 metres based on the athlete's target 200m time. Enter the Athlete's target 200-metre Time and then select the Calculate button.

Target 200m time seconds     Predicted 250m time seconds

Calculations are based on Dick (1987)[1] table of controls for 100/200m/400m athletes.


Analysis of the test result is by comparing it with the athlete's previous results for this test. It is expected that, with appropriate training between each test, the analysis would indicate an improvement in the athlete's 200-metre speed endurance.

Target Group

This test is suitable for sprinters but not for individuals where the test would be contraindicated.


Test reliability refers to how a test is consistent and stable in measuring what it is intended to measure. Reliability will depend upon how strict the test is conducted and the individual's level of motivation to perform the test. The following link provides various factors that may influence the results and therefore, the test reliability.


Test validity refers to the degree to which the test measures what it claims to measure and the extent to which inferences, conclusions, and decisions made based on test scores are appropriate and meaningful. This test provides a means to monitor training on the athlete's physical development.


  • Minimal equipment required
  • Simple to set up and conduct
  • More than one athlete can conduct the test at the same time
  • The Athlete can administer the test


  • Specific facilities required - 400m track
  • Assistant required to administer the test

Free Calculator

Free Microsoft Excel spreadsheet that you can download and use on your computer.


  1. DICK, F. (1987) Sprints and Relays. 5th ed. London: BAAB, p. 22-23

Page Reference

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  • MACKENZIE, B. (2000) 250 metre Endurance Test [WWW] Available from: [Accessed