I appreciate that the numbers of runners at London make people like me appear better than we are, but the question was "what is good for age"? I've run marathons of different sizes, the lowest being under 400 finishers, I was still in the top 25%. At Loch Ness where they have around 2000 runners i'm around the top 10%, at London i'm inside the top 10%. At shorter local races, i'm probably in the top 20%-40%, but that will depend on race distance and size of field. London are only looking at marathon times, so they don't care about how people are performing at short local races. Other big city marathons take half marathon times into account, why can't London? I can get into London via my running club and have run it 6 out of the last 7 years (not once through the ballot), but to be honest I don't think i'll bother this time as the ballot/charity setup for places really annoys me. I might even try an ultra for a change, the only qualification that you need for that is a certified mentalist so I should meet that criteria no problem. Obviously people have different opinions the ballot system depending on how it affects them individually, but London won't change it as it will affect the substantial revenue that they're milking from the charities and as it always oversubscribed they don't need people like me.
So what really is good for age? My London Marathon times put me inside the top 10% of finishers and my half marathon time qualifies me in the good for age for the New York Marathon. I'm running the Loch Ness Marathon this weekend and on previous attempts at this marathon i've finished within the top 10% of finishers. My marathon PB of 3:22 at Loch Ness placed me 154th of 1983 finishers. You don't need to be a rocket scientist to work out that isn't average or middle of the pack. The GFA system is heavily biased towards women, fact. Would it really make that much of a difference to raise the over 41 mens GFA by even 5 minutes? (although 3:30 would be better)
VLM's good for age is the biggest joke. I qualify for New York, but not for London. Sub 3:10 for under 40 men is fair enough, but sub 3:15 for over 41s isn't realistic. Decent runners the length of the country who support races all year have no chance under the current system, yet somebody who has never ran the length of themselves has the same rights and opportunity. It's unfair and wouldn't happen in other sports.
The race: This inaugural half marathon is open to runners aged 18 years and over, and will be held on roads in and around Kirkintilloch. The route includes Milton of Campsie, Lennoxtown, Torrance and Lenzie. The race commences and finishes in Woodhead Park. The course is the same as the Luddon Half Marathon, held in the 1980s and 1990s. Please note that runners should aim to complete the course in under 2.5 hours; marshals may be withdrawn after that time.
Neil McCover, competing athlete, club chair. membership secretary and junior coach of Kirkintilloch Olympians was tragically killed in a cycling accident on 8 October 2010. Neil was a keen long distance runner, competing in marathons, duathlons and triathlons, including the European Ironman Austria amongst his greatest achievements. He was a Superintendent in Strathclyde Police, involved in police training and had been a leading member of the police athletics team. A considerable loss to everyone who had the privilege of knowing him, through this event we hope to pay tribute to Neil's significant contribution to the club and athletics.