The premise that races are full of older people is false, as a quick look at the results of my local half marathon showed.......
Is it? Older than whom?
I don't know how representative one or two races results are really going to be. I had a quick look at a local 10k. Nearly 70% of runners were Vets, 7% were 60+, but less than 1% were under 25.
Simple age category results hide the fact that there is a large number of runners in their early to mid 30s. You can see this if you have a look at the parkrun demographic charts. Again there are few runners in their late teens and early 20s, but as parkrun is free it argues against the idea that cheaper race entries will do much to encourage more people in this age category to enter races.
Oh and the entry to my local 10k was only £5 so price can't of been that much of a deterrent, and it the HQ was a pub so 'fun' was available afterwards. You just can't please some people
I don't think so. I've done 2 sub 1.30s this year and I'm not on the list.
So not sure how it works.
If they didn't have a UKA race licence they wouldn't be included (i.e. they had an ARC or similar licence instead). Sometimes the system fails to link UKA race results but if you have a RunBritian profile and are suffiently bored/bothered you can normally add them to your profile. As I say, if you're bothered.