Age categories

Age categories are set in accordance with the UKA and IAAF Rule Book 2016-2018:

  • UKA rule 141 S 1: The Competition Year for Road Running Events shall be from 1st September each year to the following 31st August. The Competition Year for all other disciplines shall be from 1st October each year to the following 30th September. The operative date for determining membership of age groups for all athletes under the age of 17 shall be for Track and Field and Race Walking, the 31st August at the end of the Competition Year, and for all other disciplines, the 31st August prior to the commencement of the Competition Year.
  • UKA rule 141 S 3(1): Road Race Competition Providers may make such age limits as they think fit provided that the conditions of the race do not contravene any rules regarding distances which may be run, and provided that the race is not advertised under the title of any of the recognised age categories as listed below.

The age categories are as follows:

  • Under 11 boys and girls (U11): Competitors who are under the age of 11 on the day of competition.
  • Under 13 boys and girls (U13): Competitors who are aged 11 on the day of competition, or 12 on 31st August prior to the commencement of the Competition Year as defined above. UKA rule 141 S 3(1)(i).
  • Under 15 boys and girls (U15): Competitors who are aged 13 or 14 on 31st August prior to the commencement of the Competition Year as defined above. UKA rule 141 S 3(1)(ii).
  • Under 17 men and women (U17): Competitors who are aged 15 or 16 on 31st August prior to the commencement of the Competition Year as defined above. UKA rule 141 S 3(1)(iii).
  • Under 20 men and women (U20): Competitors who are aged 17, 18 or 19 on 31st August prior to the commencement of the Competition Year as defined above. UKA rule 141 S 3(1)(iv).
  • Seniors: Competitors who are aged at least 20 years on 31st August prior to the commencement of the Competition Year as defined above. In Road Relay competitions Under 20 men and women, as appropriate, may compete in Senior events. UKA rule 141 S 3(1)(v).
  • Veteran 40 men and women (V40): Competitors who are at least 40 years of age and no more than 49 on the day of competition.
  • Veteran 50 men and women (V50): Competitors who are at least 50 years of age and no more than 59 on the day of competition.
  • Veteran 60 men and women (V60): Competitors who are at least 60 years of age on the day of competition.