What is the Abbott World Marathon Majors (AbbottWMM) Wanda Age Group World Championships?

This is a competition for qualified runners aged 40 or over on race day which was due to be held within the 2020 Virgin Money London Marathon on April 26. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the event was postponed to 4 October 2020, and then unfortunately cancelled except for the elite athlete races.

What happens now?

The 2021 Virgin Money London Marathon is scheduled to take place on Sunday 3 October 2021. It has moved from its usual April date to October to maximise the chances of the mass participation event being able to take place. AbbottWMM Wanda Age Group World Championship runners who chose to do so by 18th September 2020 will be able to take their place in the 2021 event, when the Championships will take place. 

Who is eligible to compete?

You must be aged 40 or over on race day and be part of one of the following groups:

•    A verified AbbottWMM account holder who finished in a qualifying position in the Age Group World Rankings and has received an invite from AbbottWMM
•    A Ranked Top 300 Chinese athlete invited by Wanda Sports
•    The highest scoring male and female verified AbbottWMM account holders from each nation that has a ranked runner
•    Are 40 or over on race day and have a confirmed Good For Age or Championship entry in the Virgin Money London Marathon 

What are the Age Group World Rankings?

The rankings operate over a year or longer period in which points are scored for performances in any official qualifying event for the rankings. The first rankings period began at the 2018 BMW BERLIN-MARATHON and ended at the 2019 BMW BERLIN-MARATHON. The first edition of the rankings has now closed. The second edition began on September 30 and will end on December 31 2020. Athletes in qualifying positions from the second edition will be invited to take part in the 2021 championship alongside the first edition qualifiers.

How are points scored?

Points are awarded based on how well you performed against other runners in your age group. For a full breakdown of how points are calculated, you can visit the How it Works page of the Rankings section of the website.

What was the deadline for ensuring I had the correct points in my verified profile in order to receive an invite to the 2020 event?

The deadline was 2359 BST on October 5th 2019. The final rankings recalculation was made after this time and qualified athletes were determined from these rankings. Any results claimed or profiles created which earned points in the first edition of the rankings after this time are not eligible to receive an invite. Timings for invite acceptance for second edition qualifiers will be announced in due course.

I changed age group during the rankings period and ran a race in my new age group, but my ranking remained in the younger age group. Why?

In the first edition of the AbbottWMM Wanda Age Group World Rankings, your age group for the rankings was locked down once you run a race in that rankings period. Points scored in any subsequent races were attributed to you in that first age group.
For example: if you run a qualifying race aged 44 you will be locked down in the 40-44 age group for the qualifying period. If you then turn 45 and run any other qualifying races, the points from those races (if they are among your top two scores) will be allocated to your ranking in your 40-44 age group.

In a change to this system for the second edition of the rankings: runners who age up during the rankings period and compete in a rankings event in their new age group will automatically move into their new category in the Rankings. Points scored in previous races in their previous age group will be carried into their new category.

I qualified in one age group but I’ll be in a different age group on race day. Which one will I compete in?

Your age on race day will determine the age group you compete in as part of the championship.

If I accept this invitation, where will my start be?

You will receive this information ahead of race day. It is intended that everyone in the same age group and gender who is taking part in the championship will be on the same start.

Is there a separate finish for the Age Group World Championship?


Is there a separate medal for Age Group World Championship athletes?

Yes. These will be handed out at the finish in addition to your Virgin Money London Marathon Finisher’s Medal. 

Is there prize money for winning an age group category within the Age Group World Championship?


Is there a separate finisher T-shirt for Age Group World Championship competitors?

No. But there will be Age Group World Championship merchandise available at the Virgin Money London Marathon Running Show and each entrant will receive a free Age Group World Championships backpack at Registration.

I already have a place but would like to take my Age Group World Rankings qualifier place instead

If you have already secured an entry into the 2020 Virgin Money London Marathon, you are still entitled to secure your AWMM Wanda Age Group World Championship place to receive the added benefits on offer to Age Group World Rankings qualifiers. If you wish to upgrade your entry into the 2020 Virgin Money London Marathon, once you have secured your AbbottWMM Wanda Age Group World Championship place please contact helpdesk@londonmarathonevents.co.uk for further information on how to cancel your previous place and receive a refund. 

Alternatively, you can still compete in the championships under your existing place, you just will not receive the event invitations on Friday and Sunday or the event backpack. The medal is given to all finishers of the event who are competing in the championship.  

I’m 40 or over and want to take part but I am not a Good For Age runner or a qualifier through the rankings

The Age Group World Championship is only open to runners over 40 who qualified through the rankings, have a Good For Age, Championship or Wanda Sports place.

How will I know where I have finished in my age group within the Age Group World Championship?

AbbottWMM Wanda Age Group World Championship results will be available in a separate category of the race results following the race.


Any queries not answered above can be made by email to worldagegroups@wmmajors.com