The marathon is nearly here and we thought it was a good time to jump into our database and pull out a few interesting facts about who’s running in 2011.
So who do you think would be most and least likely to run the marathon?
- Men aged 26-30 are the most frequent runners, according to our sample*
- And women aged 71-75 are the most unique.
(But there are some: here’s Joyce, who’s running the marathon for her 75th birthday. http://www.justgiving.com/joyce-archibold)
Keep in mind that 26-30 year old men only make up 12% of our total runners: so there’s lots of room for everyone else.
What’s in a name?
David and Sarah are the most frequent first names for our runners this year.
But Davids aren’t the best fundraisers: instead, that honour goes to gents named James.
Men named Robert and Adam and women named Kate and Victoria also punch above their weight in the fundraising stakes.
In case you’re wondering about surnames, the most common name is Smith, and Smiths have raised the most too.
All the single ladies
If you’re a single guy who is up for some serious “speed dating”, the marathon might be a fruitful place to meet unmarried women.
According to our sample, 53% of women who run the marathon identify themselves as ‘miss’. Here’s the breakdown:
There are plenty of pensioners in our sample. Most of them are 61-65 – no surprises there.
But when you look a bit closer, it turns out that the next most popular age bracket is those hardy runners who are 75+!
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* We analysed a sample of data from fundraisers with active fundraising pages for the marathon this year. The data was aggregated on 06/04/2011.