For records achieved from 1 January 2006 onwards a record application form must be submitted.

As of the 31 December 2014 the list of records, open and age have been frozen.  A combined list has been created which contains the best results per age group regardless of the surface. These are considered to be the current records unless a record application is submitted or errors justified.

As of the 1 January 2015 a record is achieved if the athlete betters the best result regardless of the surface  – road or track.

Records can be claimed for the distances, times and age categories as outlined in the table below:

Distance Records Time Records Age Categories
50Km 6 hours Under 25
100km 12 hours 25 – 29
200km 24 hours 30 – 34
500km 48 hours 35 – 39
1000km 6 days 40 – 44
50 miles 10 days 45 – 49
100 miles   50 – 54
500 miles   55 – 59
1000 miles   60 – 64 and so on

No performance shall be considered as an open or age best record until it has been ratified by AURA.

IAU have recently updated their World Record Guidelines (September 19th, 2021).  IAU World Records Guidelines
They include updates to the antidoping test requirements.

Antidoping tests are required for the following records from the 1st January 2022
WR – 50km, 100km
IAU WR – 50mile, 100mile , 6/12/24/48hr, 6 days
IAU CBP  (Continential Best Performances – Oceania) – 50km, 100km, 24hr. Antidoping Tests are required from the back dated date of 1st January 2019.
Antidoping tests are not required for
IAU WABP (World Age Best Performance) – 50km, 100km, 6/12/24/48hr, 6 days

For the record to be recognised the following will apply:

  • As per the new IAU guidelines issued on the 8th of September 2022, a minimum of three runners need to participate in a race to make it official.  Those three runners can be of any gender. For any Australian open, age best records and World age best performances to be ratified this rule will apply.
  • If a runner is attempting to obtain a world record or a Continental best record the IAU stipulates that there need to be THREE runners of the SAME gender in order for a record to be ratified.
  • The claimer must be an Australian citizen and provide proof of date of birth and citizenship i.e.”  birth certificate or passport.
  • In races that start on one day and finish on another the age of the athlete at the start of race shall be the age considered for an age record.
  • Road race courses must be measured and certified by an accredited IAAF-AIMS Grade A or B measurer using the calibrated bicycle method. The certificate should be made available to AURA together with a map drawn up by the course measurer. This certificate must be reapplied for every year.
  • Track races must be have a Class 1/2 Athletics facility certificate issued by the IAAF in accordance with the IAAF Rule 140 and be included in the IAAF Certified Athletics Facilities list. This certificate, which gives information about the track length and date of measurement must be made available to AURA. This certificate is only valid for 5 years.
  • The race must be sanctioned by AURA and an IAU label applied for by AURA on behalf of the race organiser. The IAU label must be submitted by AURA no less than two calendar months before the event date.
  • The race course on road races must not be excessively downhill or designed in such a way that a tail wind may unduly affect times. A course must not drop more than an average of more than 1m/km for the full length of the course.
  • The straight line distance between the start and finish point of the race must be less than 50% of the total course length.
  • Road and track races must have a timing system that has been in use for at least two years and be backed up by either a manual (stopwatches) or a second automatic system. This is necessary in the event of failure of the primary system. In addition there must be a race referee.
  • Regarding intermediate distance/time records the following apply:
    1. For fixed distance races (50km, 100km etc) intermediate distances will only be recognised if the runner finishes the total programmed distance.
    2. For fixed timed races (6hr, 12hr, 24hr etc) the claimant can set on intermediate distance or time record without having to complete the programmed timed race.
  • Rankings can be accessed by going online to DUV Statistiks.