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National Marathon Entry 2020 Entry Update

AAI to Meet Dublin Marathon about National Marathon Championship 2020 Entries

 

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On Monday last, a briefing, by Athletics Ireland, for Munster clubs and Country Boards, was held in Charleville. The meeting was organised by Munster Athletics, and was addressed by Georgina Drumm, President, Athletics Ireland, and Hamish Adams, CEO Athletics Ireland.


Cork Athletics Webmaster raised, both privately and formally, the matter of entries for the 2020 Athletics Ireland National Marathon Championship and also asked why such stringent GFA (Good For Age) entry standards were accepted by Athletics Ireland. 

Cork Athletics Webmaster suggested that, if 78% of AAI members competing in 2019 were to be excluded (based on entering during the official Athletics Ireland window, beginning April 1st), that the National Marathon Championship be taken out of Dublin and given to another AIMS Registered Irish Marathon, run on roads closed to traffic.

In response, Hamish Adams said "I'd would be disappointed if they (Dublin Marathon) didn't ringfence those 4,000 Athletics Ireland entries"

During the discussion, both he and Georgina Drumm said that they felt that the Dublin Marathon organisers were surprised at the level of response they got during the entry window. They also felt that the Marathon organisers were involved in an exercise, to show both sponsors/potential sponsors how much standing the event has, with, say, 50,000 people trying to get in, and, perhaps more importantly, to show Dublin City Council, the Gardai, along with other stakeholders, how much demand there is for the event.  Their approval is critical to any possible increase in the number of entries allowed.


Hamish Adams told the meeting that Athletics Ireland had NOT been consulted on the entry restrictions, or Good For Age criteria for Athletics Ireland members. He said that Athletics Ireland were to meet with Dublin Marathon organisers this week.


Hamish Adams was given a copy of Cork Athletics Webmaster's tables (below) outlining some statistical analysis. He said that Athletics Ireland had not examined this year's AAI finishers to the extent represented in the tables.


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National Marathon Entry Controversy 2019

 

 

National Marathon Championship 2020

There is a separate entry system for the 2020 AAI National Marathon Championship, based on Good For Age. The AAI National Marathon Championship will open on April 1st, and the significance of the date has not been lost by many!

Dublin Marathon 2020 Good For Age Standards for Athletics Ireland members

MenMen's StandardWomen's Standard
MJ sub 3:00 sub 3:45
Age 18-34 sub 3:00 sub 3:45
Age 35-39 sub 3:02:30 sub 3:47:30
Age 40-44 sub 3:05 sub 3:50
Age 45-49 sub 3:10 sub 3:53
Age 50-54 sub 3:15 sub 4:00
Age 55-59 sub 3:20 sub 4:05
Age 60-64 sub 3:45 sub 4:30
Age 65-69 sub 4:00 sub 5:00
Age 70-74 sub 5:00 sub 6:00
Age 75-79 sub 5:15 sub 6:20
Age 80+ sub 5:30 sub 6:40

 

Dublin 2019 Qualifers for 2020 Dublin Marathon

The following table indicates the numbers of Athletics Ireland members finishing in each category (based on GUN time), the number of AAI members (based on results listing) who would qualify, and the respetive percentages.

 Men   Women  
2019 GFA % 2019 GFA %
Senior 183 54 29.51%   106 38 35.85%
35 320 100 31.25%   229 62 27.07%
40 532 102 19.17%   432 115 26.62%
45 481 88 18.30%   373 72 19.30%
50 292 48 16.44%   208 42 20.19%
55 142 10 7.04%   61 14 22.95%
60 57 20 35.09%   32 10 31.25%
65 24 10 41.67%   9 5 55.56%
70 13 8 61.54%   2 1 50.00%
75 4 3 75.00%   2 0 0.00%
               
Total 2048 443 21.63%   1454 359 24.69%
               
               
Teams 2019 GFA %   2019 GFA %
Senior 113 17 15.04%   73 12 16.44%
35 165 39 23.64%   136 31 22.79%
50 60 17 28.33%   32 8 25.00%
               
Total 338 73 21.60%   241 51 21.16%

 

 

In summary, There were 3,502 Athletics Ireland finishers in 2019, but only 802 (22.9%) would qualify under AAI Good For Age criteria. For the record, there were a total of 3,849 entrants in the AAI National Marathon Championships, so 347 either failed to start, or were unable to finish.

 

 

Comparison of Good For Age Standards - Dublin 2020 Vs Marathon Majors

 Dublin Boston Chicago New YorkLondon Berlin 
Cat Men Women Men Women Men Women Men Women Men Women Men Women
MJ 03:00 03:45                    
16 to 29         03:05 3:35            
18 to 34 03:00 03:45 03:00 3:30     02:53 3:13        
18 to 39                 03:00 3:45    
18 to 44                     02:45 3:00
30 to 39         03:10 3:40            
35 to 39 03:02:30 03:47:30 03:05 3:35     02:55 3:15        
40 to 44 03:05 03:50 03:10 3:40     02:58 3:15 03:05 3:50    
40 to 49         03:20 3:50            
45 to 49 03:10 03:53 03:20 3:50     03:05 3:38 03:10 3:53    
45 to 59                     02:55 3:20
50 to 54 03:15 04:00 03:25 3:55     03:14 3:51 03:15 4:00    
50 to 59         03:35 4:20            
55 to 59 03:20 04:05 03:35 4:05     03:23 4:10 03:20 4:05    
60 to 64 03:45 04:30 03:50 4:20     03:34 4:27 03:45 4:30    
60 to 69         04:00 5:00            
60 and up                      03:25 4:10
65 to 69 04:00 05:00 04:05 4:35     03:45 4:50 04:00 5:00    
70 to 74 05:00 06:00 04:20 4:50     04:10 5:30 05:00 6:00    
70 to 79         04:30 5:55            
75 to 79 05:15 06:20 04:35 5:05     04:30 6:00 05:15 6:20    
80-plus 05:30 06:40 04:50 5:20 05:25 6:10 04:55 6:35 05:30 6:40    

 The table above compares the Good For Age standards acroos te Marathon Majors, compared to Dublin 2020. Dublin's proposed standards rank equal, and in many cases, higher than these majors. 

 

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