How to Enter

Good for Age FAQs

Q. Why has the application process changed?
A. The Good for Age application process has changed to ensure there is gender parity among registrants.

Q. Why have the men’s qualifying times changed more than the women’s?
A. To ensure a closer ratio of applications between the genders.

Q. If I qualify for a Good for Age entry, am I guaranteed a place?
A. Unlike in previous years, meeting the qualifying time for your age category does not guarantee entry into the event, but simply the opportunity to submit an application. Please see ‘Do I qualify?’ on our Good for Age entry page for more details about the process for qualification.

Q. Which marathons are eligible?
A. Qualifying times must be run at an event that has a certified marathon course. Race courses must be certified by UKA, the Association for International Marathons and Distance Races (AIMS), or a national governing body for distance running for the country in which the race is held.

Q. Why have the age categories changed?
A. The qualifying age categories have been amended so that all Abbott World Marathon Majors races are using similar age categories before qualification begins later this year for the new Abbott World Marathon Majors Wanda Age Group Championships.

Q. Can I enter if I don't live in the UK?
A. No, the Good for Age entry process is only open to UK residents.

Q. Do I need to enter the ballot if I have a Good for Age qualification time?
A. Yes, we advise you to enter the ballot as a Good for Age qualification time does not guarantee you a place. If more than 3,000 runners of your gender are quicker than you, unfortunately you will not get a Good for Age Place. The ballot opened on Monday 30 April and closed on Friday 4 May at 17:00. You will be notified on the outcome of your Good for Age application before the ballot has been drawn. If you are successful in obtaining a Good for Age entry, your ballot application will be withdrawn.

Q. Do you work out Good for Age times based on the age I was when I ran the qualifying time or on the age I will be on Race Day?
A. The age you ran the time. For example, a female runner who achieves a marathon time of 3:45:10 as a 39-year-old but on Race Day is 40 does not qualify for the 40-44 age group.

Q. What do I need to provide as proof?
A. You will need to provide the following:

  • Proof of performance – this can be a link to the results webpage or a file (jpg, PDF) which clearly displays the name, date and qualifying time of the event.
  • Proof of age – This can either be a copy of your passport, driving licence or birth certificate.
  • Proof of UK residence – this must be an official document proving your residence in the UK, such as a recent utility bill (within the last three months) or driving licence.

Q. Will I be able to defer my 2019 Good for Age entry?
Please refer to the Good for Age information page for further details.