ian wrote:I'm completely against them Tim. However you do it, the age groups are arbitrary. Why for example should someone who happens to be 50 have a chance for a prize when someone who is 49 doesn't? And it doesn't seem fair that a 59 year old running (say) 20 hours doesn't get a prize if he is beaten by a 50 year old running 19.59 - in my view the former is a better performance.
In this race everyone who finishes is a winner and gets a prize, including full recognition at the prizegiving. So do the first 3 men and the first 3 women. The guy that won UTMB a few years back was 59, and Jan Albert (2nd this year) is over 50, so it doesn't seem to be the case that older people have too much of a disadvantage.
Tim wrote:And of course age categories don't stop older runners taking overall prizes so I don't see that as an argument against.
peter duggan wrote:While neither strongly pro nor against age category prizes as such, I've always thought it daft that some races give just senior prizes to the vets if the vets do best, then the vets' prizes to the next vets... so, assuming the first six runners were M40s, they'd give them 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 1st M40, 2nd M40 and 3rd M40 in that order where I'd give the first three both senior and vet prizes!
Andy C wrote:Just noticed this thread (been out rock climbing all day in this great weather, one of the many benefits of being no longer gainfully employed!) and I seem to have started a debate which I did not necessarily mean to. If you read what I wrote, as part of a much wider bit of my normal blog meanderings, I just said that for me having age group recognition is an added incentive to push on a bit in some races.
Lord of the Bridge wrote: There are many ways to reward and incentivise athletes; I think that the crystal goblet for everyone finishing is quite a good one.
Tim wrote:That said, could the WHW race be made even better by perhaps having a few age group prizes?
ian wrote:Is it a co-incidence that all the positive views so far are from the over 50? No, thought not...
peter duggan wrote:Tim wrote:That said, could the WHW race be made even better by perhaps having a few age group prizes?
Since Sean's saying 'everyone who finishes this race both deserves and receives a prize of equal merit', surely the answer to that question is 'no'?
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