England Masters opportunities

England Masters opportunities

England Athletics recognises that a significant amount of the membership of road running clubs is made up of runners aged over thirty-five years and the Age Group Masters competition programme aims to recognise and reward the significant contribution that these runners make to our sport. Through an annual rolling programme of qualifying events and representative opportunities we aim to provide Masters runners with a friendly competition format and the chance to earn themselves an England Age Group Masters vest.

Whilst the Age Group Masters programme is a fairly new initiative it has currently involved runners aged 35 to 80 and above, with over 200 affiliated clubs represented.

How do I get involved?

Getting involved is easy - interested runners should check out this website and eNews regularly for updates on forthcoming competitions. If you are not signed up, you can ensure you receive regular news by updating your athlete profile www.englandathletics.org/myprofile (note that you can use the forgotten log in/ password functionality if needed).

The England Age Group Masters vests are earned through achieving a position in a qualifying race and depending on the race distance, an England Athletics Age Group minimum standard. Standards are regularly reviewed and will be advertised alongside the details for each competition opportunity. 

To be considered for qualification you should also: 

  • Be 35 years old or above 
  • Have a current athlete competition licence 
  • Be a member of an affiliated England Athletics club and eligible to compete for your home nation 
  • Have registered your interest via our website links prior to the qualifying race of your choice 
  • Enter yourself for the qualifying race directly through the event’s advertised entry system 

Qualifying for an England Age Group Masters Team

Age group runners who are successful in earning a place will be invited to join an England Age Group Master team at the event they opted to qualify for. Competition details will vary depending on the race, but we aim to attract good opposition teams to take on the England team with scoring for the team competition depending on size of the team and type of competition.

All qualifying runners bear the costs of entry, kit and travel for the event.  

Click here to view the Masters team for the 2018 Chester Marathon

Find out more

Email us at agegroupteam@englandathletics.org

For additional Age Group competition opportunities on the road, cross-country and track, visit the British Masters Athletics Federation website at http://bmaf.org.uk

Age Group Masters 10k team opportunities

The representative opportunity will once again be incorporated within the Simplyhealth Great Birmingham 10k for Sunday 12th May 2019. Those runners who achieve selection will get to don a specially designed England Masters vest and will be allocated a front of race starting pen just behind the elite starters.

There will be three qualifying opportunities over this coming autumn and in the new year, one in the North, Midlands and South of England. Interested runners are urged to get their entries in quickly as all three of our host partner qualifying events are very popular with entries often closing early and at capacity.

Where can I qualify?

Due to the unusual circumstances last winter which saw two of the qualifying races postponed until later in the year we will also be offering places to runners who qualified through the rescheduled events. Please note that to qualify through Lincoln 2018 or Trafford 2018 you will have had to have pre-registered your interest to compete prior to the original race deadlines and will need to meet the original requirements of a top three finishing position amongst the registered runners in your age band and have achieved a minimum standard. This offer does not apply to those runners who were selected anyway based on the ranking system we brought in due to the race cancellations. Therefore, if you are looking to earn a second representative vest you will need to re-register and re-qualify.

How do I qualify?

The top three eligible men and top three eligible women in each age category from V35, V40, V45 upwards will be selected from each of the three qualifying races. To be eligible for selection runners should ensure the following:

Minimum Standards

V35:    33:45 (men), 40:30 (women)

V40:    34:45 (men), 41:15 (women)

V45:    35:45 (men), 44:30 (women)

V50:    37:30 (men), 45:30 (women)

V55:    39:00 (men), 48:15 (women)

V60:    41:30 (men), 51:45 (women)

V65:    45:30 (men), 57:30 (women)

V70:    51:00 (men), 64:00 (women)

V75:    57:00 (men), 75:00 (women)

V80:    61:00 (men), 80:00 (women)


  • There are no reserve or substitute selections and the size of the team will be determined by entries at the qualifying events and availability for the representative race in May 2019. Athletes who are unable to compete in the representative race will not be able to defer to another team opportunity.
  • Athletes should register their interest under the age group at which they will contest the qualifying race. If there is a change of age group between qualifier and representative race then they will move up an age group and compete in their correct age group on the day of competition.
  • Please note the selected athletes are required to cover their own costs of entry, travel, accommodation where necessary. England kit will be available to purchase.
  • Qualifying standards have been determined by a combination of runbritain rankings and the WAVA age graded regional to national percentages.

Age Group Masters Marathon team opportunities

Four high quality races provide opportunities north and south of the country for club runners to challenge for a place on the England Masters team which will come together as a representative team at the Run for All Yorkshire Marathon on 20th October 2019.

Where can I qualify?

Qualifying opportunities:

How do I qualify?

To register an intention to qualify for the England Age Group team, runners must submit their name, club, age group, England Athletics registration number and event entered on our online form at www.englandathletics.org/masters-marathon-2019. You must complete this form before the day of the race that you will be competing in, and only England Athletics registered athletes who have registered their intention to qualify are eligible.

The top five male and female eligible runners in each five-year age band at each of the four qualifying races will be selected to represent England in autumn 2019.  To be eligible for selection runners should:

  • be a registered member of an affiliated club at the time of running their qualifying race and be eligible to run for England as their home nation
  • have registered their interest to be considered prior to running their selection race at www.englandathletics.org/masters-marathon-2019
  • have achieved a minimum standard at the marathon either in the qualification period or in the 18 months prior
  • enter the event as usual

Minimum Standards

V35: 2hr50 (men), 3hr20 (women)

V40: 3hr00 (men), 3hr30 (women)

V45: 3hr10 (men), 3hr40 (women)

V50: 3hr20 (men), hr503 (women)

V55: 3.hr30 (men), 4hr00 (women)

V60: 3hr40 (men), 4hr15 (women)

V65: 3hr50 (men), 4hr30 (women)

V70+: 4hr00 (men), 5hr00 (women)


  • Selections will also be subject to current competitive fitness. 
  • It is the responsibility of individual runners to enter their chosen qualifying marathon.
  • The usual entry fees apply.
  • If you are successful in qualifying for the England Representative event, runners will bear the costs of travel to the marathon and the entry fee for the race.
  • Team kit will be available for purchase.