|Age wasn't an issue during the 1983 Victorian Marathon |
Championship (4th place in 2:22:12)
It's a great system for clubs, such as Terrigal Trotters, whose members are mostly past their athletic prime. It creates a level playing field for all of the runners in the club and gives something for old blokes like me to get excited and competitive about.
A sub-3 hour marathon for someone my age would earn 875 points, and I have in my mind the need to be capable of a performance earning 900 points to give me a buffer. Coincidentally, or perhaps not, my best ever marathon time of 2:19:06 when I was aged 29, would have earned me 900 points, so a symmetry exists.
The highest points I have earned for an event in the past year were 846, so it's evident that, assuming I can resume training properly in three weeks time, not only do I have to get back to my recent fitness, but I have to take myself to a new level.