At What Age do Aussie Marathon Runners Peak?

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In an attempt to assess the ideal age for marathon runners, Runner’s Tribe took a look at the 30 fastest male marathon runners in Australian history. Their respective ages were compared.

Robert de Castella wins gold in the marathon at the 1982 Commonwealth Games in Brisbane. Photo courtesy of the The National Library of Australia

Facts

  • Average Age: 28 ½
  • Median Age: 29
  • Youngest man to make the top 25 list: Lawrie Whitty at 21 years of age.
  • Oldest man to make the top 25 list: Magnus Michelsson at 35 years of age.
Rank Time Athlete D.O.B Date of P.B AGE at P.B
1 2:07.51.0 Rob de Castella 27/02/1957 21/04/1986 29
2 2:08.16.0 Steve Moneghetti 26/09/1962 30/09/1990 28
3 2:08.33.6 Derek Clayton 17/11/1942 30/05/1969 26
4 2:09.39.0 Pat Carroll 17/08/1961 05/02/1995 33
5 2:09.49.0 Lee Troop 22/03/1973 02/03/2003 29
6 2:10.09.0 Garry Henry 17/05/1953 07/12/1980 27
7 2:10.11.0 Brad Camp 25/12/1964 23/07/1989 24
8 2:10.20.0 Dave Chettle 14/09/1951 07/12/1975 24
9 2:10.22.0 Shaun Creighton 14/05/1967 28/09/1997 30
10 2:10.22.0 Nick Harrison 18/10/1970 03/02/2003 32
11 2:11.00.0 Jeff Hunt 24/07/1982 07/02/2010 27
12 2:11.06.0 Darren Wilson 09/08/1968 07/12/1997 29
13 2:11.08.0 Sisay Bezabeh 09/09/1977 12/10/2003 26
14 2:11.10.0 Danny Boltz 17/07/1962 03/03/1991 28
15 2:11.13.0 John Farrington 02/07/1942 14/07/1973 31
16 2:11.15.0 Michael Shelley 10/10/1983 27/07/2014 30
17 2:11.36.0 Scott Westcott 25/09/1975 06/02/2005 29
18 2:11.42.0 Andrew Letherby 19/09/1973 25/09/2005 32
19 2:11.43.0 Gerard Barrett 31/12/1956 06/04/1980 23
20 2:11.55.0 Bill Scott 08/02/1952 02/12/1979 27
21 2:11.55.0 Chris Wardlaw 03/03/1950 02/12/1979 29
22 2:12.10.0 Malcolm Norwood 28/07/1964 06/10/1991 27
23 2:12.23.0 Martin Dent 08/02/1979 04/12/2011 32
24 2:12.33.0 Shane Nankervis 06/05/1974 25/09/2005 31
25 2:12.50.0 Grenville Wood 03/02/1955 17/10/1982 27
26 2:13.15.0 Rob Wallace 21/06/1951 20/06/1981 29
27 2:13.20.0 Sean Quilty 16/05/1966 04/02/1996 29
28 2:13.26.0 Ray Boyd 26/05/1966 24/10/1999 33
29 2:13.49.0 Mark Tucker 15/08/1979 07/12/2008 29
30 2:13.49.0 Liam Adams 04/09/1986 27/07/2014 27
31 2:13.53.0 Rod De Highden 15/01/1969 05/12/1999 30
32 2:13.57.0 Jeff Coole 21/01/1953 17/10/1982 29
33 2:14.00.0 Magnus Michelsson 04/09/1968 12/10/2003 35
34 2:14.21.0 Lawrie Whitty 06/02/1960 12/09/1981 21
35 2:14.33.0 Brenton Norman 28/12/1944 08/09/1973 28
PHOTO: Shelly Michael 2017 Virgin Money London Marathon (photo by Jane Monti for Race Results Weekly)

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