Age Groups Masters England 10k representative opportunity

Following the success of the England Age Groups Masters Marathon which took place in Chester earlier this Autumn, England Athletics are delighted to announce the launch of a Spring representative opportunity over the shorter distance of 10k for affiliated club age group Masters’ runners.

England Athletics are delighted to be working in partnership with providers of some of the best 10k events in the country to reward and recognise the achievements of dedicated club runners.

The England Age Group Masters representative race will take place in the heart of the country in Birmingham within the Simplyhealth Great Birmingham 10k on Sunday 6th May, 2018. Click here to find out more about the event.

Qualifying runners 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. An opposition team will be confirmed nearer the time.

Where can I qualify?

There are three qualifying opportunities, one in the North, Midlands and South - and 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 at capacity.

The qualifying opportunities are as follows:

In addition to ensuring you have entered the qualifying races all athletes interested in consideration for selection should register their interest at

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:

  • Be a member of an affiliated England Athletics club
  • Hold a current England Athletics competition licence (i.e. be a registered competitive athlete with England Athletics) at the time of the qualifying race
  • Have pre-registered interest for selection prior to the qualifying race via the link (athletes who have not pre-registered interest, but finish in the top three in the qualifying race will not be eligible for selection)
  • Have achieved a minimum qualifying standard either in the qualifying race or within the previous 12 months
  • Be available and fit to compete on 4th May

NB. There are no reserve selections and the size of the team will be determined by entries at the qualifying events and availability for the representative race in May.

What are the Qualifying Standards?

Qualifying standards have been determined by a combination of runbritain rankings and the WAVA age graded regional to national percentages.

Men Women
V35 33:45 40:30
V40 34:45 41:15
V45 35:45 44:30
V50 37:30 45:30
V55 39:00 48:15
V60 41:30 51:45
V65 45:30 57:30
V70 51:00 64:00
V75 57:00 75:00
V80 61:00 80:00
V85+ 80:00 90:00


Age Groups Athletes changing age groups between the qualifying race and the representative race will qualify in their correct age group at the time, but will compete up an age group for Birmingham.

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.

Did you know we also run a similar series and representative opportunity for Masters Marathon? Click here to find out more.