Downhill PB - Do they count?

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17/04/2014 at 16:13

I think London is slightly downhill. Same Edinburgh.  I'm sure these are fine... but there must be some sort of limit for, say, world records to be allowed to go into the books.

Some half marathons and 10Ks have elevation drops too.

So, is there an officially accepted maximum elevation drop that's allowed for road-race world records - and is this the same limit that should be used for Personal Bests?

Any ideas, or links, would be welcome.

seren nos    pirate
17/04/2014 at 16:16

there is an official limit but i can't remember what it is.....we have a couple of downhill races as they go down the valleys

17/04/2014 at 16:17

From Wikipedia, accuracy not guaranteed!

17/04/2014 at 16:22

17/04/2014 at 17:04

Boston cannot be an official time for a World Record. Is that right?


17/04/2014 at 17:21

Philamena: Apparently so.  Mens marathon WR at the moment is the 2:03:23 Wilson Kipsang did in Berlin last year.  I hadn't realised until a couple of days ago that Geoffrey Mutai ran 2:03:02 in Boston, but that doesn't count as WR due to downhill nature of the course.

Edited: 17/04/2014 at 17:22
17/04/2014 at 18:09

i think the GNR cant count in world records due to the fact that its downhill (doesnt feel like it though)

18/04/2014 at 12:39

There has to be some sort of limit or you could have a downhill race down  a mountain and no flat race would be able to compete. The equivalent of setting a 100m world record with a huge gale behind you. 

18/04/2014 at 12:43

Isn't the downhill WR for the mile about 3 mins? I'm sure i saw a program about it being held in Mallorca or somewhere in the Canary Islands a while back and it's a straight mile on road on the side of the mountain.....imagine the hot, slapped feet feeling at then end.

18/04/2014 at 13:14

Be even quicker if you just dropped out a plane at 1 mile with no chute.

18/04/2014 at 13:41

May be even quicker with a chute....if you don't open it

21/04/2014 at 06:36

They may not count in regards towards world record times but for bragging rights down at the local pub the times still count. Running 2 hours and 30 minutes in a marathon  sounds a lot better than a 2 hour and 40 minutes in London(Major) Marathon.

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