An athlete’s date of birth allows us to determine their age group not only on the day of a race but indeed on any date. It helps to distinguish between athletes of the same or similar names when attributing performances to athletes.It helps to give credibility to our rankings in that a performance for an athlete with a known date of birth is more likely to be bona fide.
Dates of birth are used by many other sports, websites and publications in the pursuit of accuracy. Entry systems for many events in our sport require date of birth. It is an essential tool in order for us to offer an accurate and up to date service and that inclusion is part of the service we provide to the sport.
We will not, however, publish date of birth information for any athlete aged 12 or under, in line with The Information Commissioner's Office ("ICO") guidance on the Data Protection Act 1998.
If you wish to have your date of birth removed from the website please email us and the request will be actioned.
Please be assured that data protection is an issue that we are concerned about and are registered (ref. PZ9385754 ) for the purposes of providing a service to the sport in listing the achievements of athletes in the UK across all forms of the sport and whatever age.