Good for Age FAQs
Q. If I achieve a Good for Age time, am I guaranteed a place?
A. Meeting the time for your age category does not guarantee entry into the event, but simply the opportunity to submit an application. Please see ‘Can I apply for Good for Age entry?’ 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.
Please note: As the course used for the Belfast Marathon in May 2019 was 544m longer than the 26.2-mile distance, runners will be eligible to submit a Good for Age application using their adjusted 2019 Belfast Marathon times.
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 time does not guarantee you a place. 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 If you are successful in obtaining a Good for Age entry, your ballot application will be withdrawn.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.
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 2020 Good for Age entry?
A. Please refer to the Good for Age information page for further details.