Some time back, John Dunphy of Midleton AC left a message on the blog suggesting that all road races should have an 'Over 35' section for men. At present, men have to be at least 40 to qualify for prizes in the Veterans section in each race. For AAI races like the 'County Road' or 'Cross Country' races, anyone aged 35 or over is classified as a Veteran or Master runner. In most road races at present, there is an Over 35 section for women.
Case for it........More interesting for any men in the 35 to 39 age category? Or even for runners who are 33 to 34 knowing that they can compete in that section soon? Even handed approach....if it is there for women, why not for men?
Case against it.......Additional costs for organisers??? Leading to higher overall entry fees??? Any demand for it??? Enough categories already???
This is John Dunphy's case for it....
I think it's about time that the mens over 35's became a catergory in all local road races. I would imagine that there would be some good competition in this age group. It's really annoying that in all the local races that they have this age catergory only for women but class mens over 35's as male senior. Race organizer's take note....be fair....I'm pushing from now on for this age catergory to be a part of each event so that mens over 35's have an opportunity to compete rather than making up the number's at local race's. John I appeal to you to put a new poll on the blog asking should all road races have a mens over 35's catergory in the interest of fairness.......John Dunphy, Midleton AC
Do you agree or disagree? Should there be an over 35 category for men at all races??
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