I did my first Parkrun on Saturday and had a look at the results on Saturday evening and something really annoyed me.
I'm female and 36. I was classed as a VW (veteran woman). The age band for VW starts at 35.
If, however, I were male and 36, I'd still be in the SM (senior male) category, which starts at 40.
Does anybody know why this is?
Its not a parkrun thing, its because the WMA used to be 35+ for women and 40+ for men.
I think that only changed recently to 35+ for both, but I expect for parkrun to change down the mens would cause a huge programming issue with previous results.
Anyone under 14 just gets JW14 or JM14
Loads of races (one off events) still use the 35/40 bandings for vets, but because parkrun operates like a series of runs its much harder to make changes like that.
If it bugs you that much then email them and let them know. Its probably already on a to do list somewhere.
makes sense to me......... Let's face it - any woman over 35 is officially old and past it, whereas we men age much better and frankly are in our prime even after 40!
<YP scurries rapidly out of the forum>
fat buddha wrote (see)
do triathlon instead - everyone is in a 5 year age group so you really are competing against those of similar age and none of this senior or vet crap.
If I run a race, or a parkrun, I don't care what category they put me in, I just care about my performance. In the Nick Beer 10k a couple of weeks ago I came 6th in category. Unfortunately they had me down as F35!
Personally I don't see the problem. If you're so bothered about sex equality amongst runners then why not campaign Cancer Research to let men run in their R4L?This to me is a much bigger issue than whether or not they make me a vet at 35 or 40. Really couldn't care about either though!
It does seem a bit odd to get wound up about being in an age group that begins at 35....when you're 36!
In running terms you are a veteran....most people find it quite amusing when they become a veteran.
chubby bloke wrote (see)
Is it those moobs again, Chubby?
Four years til I'm a veteran
I'd like to think I'll be winning my category as I'll be at the bottom end of the age band, but I don't think that'll be happening!
I'm not so annoyed now that I wouldn't go back.
The reason I was so annoyed is that I don't feel 36, I don't feel as though I should be going to the opticians for them to tell me that 'it's the age' and I certainly don't feel old enough to be a veteran.
And it's not the equality as such, it's that if I were a man, I wouldn't even be mentioning 'veteran' for another three and a bit years.
But I've not actually thought about the fact that I'm one of the youngest in my band and in theory should be one of the fastest (I'm very slow so it's something to aim for anyway). That's definitely a much better way to think.
I've not taken part in enough events to properly comment but I do see your points. Aren't there prostate cancer events that are just for men?
I wouldn't say I'm faster than any women at the moment, I'm super slow, so it's not as though I'm going to be coming top of my age group or bottom. It doesn't matter to me currently as I'm so slow
How can you have one of those there yellow & black crosses if you don't swim or am I missing something?
Are you really that hung up on your age that you're bothered if random strangers know you're over 35? Age is just a number after all... I was really pleased when I turned 40 and got to change age brackets...not that I even get close to winning my age category...unless there's only one FV40 in the race and then I might stand a chance.
CazSoul wrote (see)
Lots of plastic pirates around these days......
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