Male v Female numbers?

How do other races compare?

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07/03/2013 at 16:22
Slowkoala wrote (see)
According to Hal Higdon, 57% finishers in HMs are female versus 41% for full marathons but I'm guessing this is based on US races.

I'd love to do the Ealing Half but I think it clashes again with the Moor Park 10k which is also local to me.

Like others have said, I'm really not that bothered re proportion of males/females in a race, it's not usually something I'm even aware of until I see the results.

I would be amazed if those figures are correct unless the US is so different to the UK.  Look at the 2013 Silverstone HM run last weekend, 6188 finishers, 65% male, 35% female.  Not sure if that is typical but all races you go to have a much higher % male runners. 

07/03/2013 at 16:24
Miss Knees wrote (see)


...okay, or ever! But one day...

07/03/2013 at 16:27

I thought it was roughly 70/30 normally and Ealing Half bucked the trend last year. Does seem a very high US Stat, maybe % of female starters who finished....but even then it's still really high over the male one and doesn't make sense. Anyway, women seem to be more involved in the UK now so that's a good thing in my book. 

07/03/2013 at 16:28
literatin wrote (see)
Miss Knees wrote (see)


...okay, or ever! But one day...

One on the way after Reading Lit, even though you don't have to race

07/03/2013 at 16:37
I thought Higdon's stats were a bit odd, too... I think the point he was making was that females are more attracted to HMs over Full marathons. But I've never been in a race with more females unless you count the Race For Life!
07/03/2013 at 16:44

And no doesn't bother me, in fact I actually feel better for completing a male dominated event such as Tough Guy or some hard run. Daft but it gives me a sense of being in a minority that I like. 

It doesn't bother me at all.  You should try bike events, there's NEVER a queue for the ladies 

07/03/2013 at 16:49

LOL I've got my first sprint tri this May. I think that will still have a queue, roight! Once I have done that I might convert to bike events....

07/03/2013 at 16:51

Roight? I wasn't doing an Irish accent honest, I meant right, obviously.

07/03/2013 at 17:01

Number of finishers from the biggest 5 US Half Marathons:

500 Festival - 16,774 female : 14,396 male

Country Music HM - 14,213 female : 8,117 male

Rock N Roll Arizona - 9,520 female : 6,180 male

Rock N Roll San Antonio - 10,124 female : 6391 male

Rock N Roll Las Vegas - 13,509 female : 8616 male


07/03/2013 at 17:04

Tom good work on the stats, seems like our American friend really are different then

07/03/2013 at 17:39

Wow! Thanks Tom. Us UK gals better get moving. 

Those Rock N Roll ones are massive now. I was meant to do the Edinburgh one but not going now. I'd definitely be interested in a country music run 

07/03/2013 at 18:48

Some UK stats from David Whitelam on our FB page 



07/03/2013 at 19:28
I thought it was you who wanted the stats
07/03/2013 at 19:40

Interesting question, and one I hadn't really thought about. But I wonder if the gender balance or the numbers of women entering open events has been affected by the vogue for women-only races.

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