Road Race season is well upon us and with such a volume of races taking place around the county, clubs are urged to look after their younger athletes and advise of the following recommended distances:
Athletes must be 18 years of age to compete in 10,000m or over.
The recommended age groups for juveniles are
- Up to U11 – 1 mile
- U12/U13 – 2,000m
- U14/U15 – 3,000m
- U16-U18 – 5,000m
If juveniles want to run, best practice is to organise a separate race for them alongside the main programme.
Club insurance does not cover breach of these recommended distances but, more importantly, it is very damaging for growing bones. Please inform parents of these guidelines as they are breached on a weekly basis and it is not good for long term athlete development.