Runner's World (UK) - - Human Race -

Most of the dis­cus­sion about the fair­ness of var­i­ous age cat­e­gories has fo­cused on the older age groups, so I'd like to voice an opin­ion from a young ath­lete’s per­spec­tive. The vast ma­jor­ity of lo­cal races, in Corn­wall, where I live, at least, award prizes for the first three un­der-35s, then go up in five-year bands in the vets’ cat­e­gories. I’m 23, and it seems un­fair that I have such a broad spec­trum of ages to com­pete against.

All the best girls are around 30 years old and it’s tough go­ing up against them ev­ery weekend. I feel that a lot of run­ners in my po­si­tion would feel much bet­ter about them­selves – and be en­cour­aged to keep com­pet­ing – if they had more of a chance of tak­ing home a trin­ket once in a while. Emma Stephens, Bod­min, Corn­wall

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