Developed by former Tasmanian and avid runner John Shaw, the ‘best age rated time’ (BART) award looks to appoint an event handicap winner, in addition to the current line honours award.
Think along the lines of the Sydney Hobart Yacht Race, where there is the first to finish, then the handicap winner. A ‘BART’ winner will be the first runner to cross the line whose finishing time is closest to their relevant age world record.
“This award can be won by a male or female, of any age. At the finish line we’ll simply compare their time to their age world record,” Brisbane based John Shaw said.
Shaw’s nephew, Jarrod Shaw, is a Hobart resident and former race winner of the Cadbury Marathon in 2008. While no longer in his prime, he can remain competitive in the new BART system.
“It’s a great new concept for people to remain competitive with others as they continue to run beyond their prime. While the days of being a race winner overall may be in the rear-view, each year many runners can now stand on the start line vying for a BART win against each other,” Jarrod Shaw explained.
Competition runs hot in the Shaw family, with Uncle John a remarkable athlete himself. A late comer to marathon running, John set a lifetime best of 2hours 45minutes 13seconds at the ripe age of 63. That was one minute slower than Jarrod’s winning time in 2008, but was a world record for his age.
However on a BART age calculated system, John’s time would be 2hours 11minutes, some 12 minutes inside the Cadbury Marathon course record.
In October, he broke the Australian masters record for the 65-69 age group at the Melbourne Marathon at 2:51:25.
His plan at the 2020 Cadbury Marathon on January 12 is to break the world masters record of 2:41:57, set way back in 1992 by Kiwi Derek Turnbull.
“It will be my first marathon on ‘home’ soil, so I am training hard to run an especially fast time. So far, my preparation has gone to plan. “The recent Melbourne Marathon was a training run and I accidentally broke the Australian Masters record in a time of 2:51, I expect to run a lot faster at the Cadbury Marathon,” John Shaw said.
Naturally a new wave of banter is now going to enter the sport, as people of all ages can race each other on time. It has begun with this uncle – nephew relationship.
“I am especially looking forward to a post-race catch up with my nephew Jarrod Shaw. Should I beat his time he will have to concede I am the fastest Shaw ever. If that happens and he even dares to dream of beating me he better wake up and apologize,” he laughed. While nephew Jarrod responded by adding.
“I feel for him. He may have a world record for his age, but he is not even the fastest J Shaw in the family,” Jarrod said.
The 37 th Cadbury Marathon will be on Sunday 12 th January. It includes the following distances;
So far the event has attracted 1390 entrants, with 335 committing to the Cadbury Marathon from 13 different countries.