Age & Gender Adjusted Results - Note

The objective of age and gender adjusting (AGA) of results is to put everyone in any race on a level playing field regardless of the race distance, their age or gender. It allows runners to compare last years 10k with this years half marathon performance. The score is based on a vast database of results collected by the World Masters Athletics Association. Under AGA scoring, a world record at a given distance at a given age for a given sex is 1000. Each individual runners time is then matched against the AGA standard for that distance, their age, and sex. This gives a score out of 1000. This allows the relative performance of everyone to be compared - and for an individual to compare their own perform from race to race, year to year.

This has many advantages. It allows runners to compare their performance over varying distances and over the years. Rumour has it that we slow down as we get older, well AGA scores lets you work out how fast you need to run to perform as well as you did 10 years ago - allowing for the passing of the years.

A good example is the Sydney Striders Super Series which has a category for AGA. The Super Series is over 11 races from 8k to 45k, and Striders from 18 to 70, male and female compete. By using AGA every result is reduced to a score out of 1000 and the results for all tallied.

Finally, the Six Foot Track is not a "regulation" distance. So, to arrive at the appropriate AGA standard for 6ft the results of the past 3 years were tabulated, AGA scores averaged, and then the distance was adjusted to arrive at a statistically accurate AGA standard. That computed to the Six Foot Track being the equivalent of a 60km road race. According to the numbers, the male record for 6ft would be 3:08 (that is if you get a bunch of Kenyans to run it!) and 3:24 for the Paula Radcliff (current Marathon World Record Holder).