My thanks to Paul for this:
Just wanted to point out that for your text on Julie Bentley,
“let’s have unisex running events, where competitors’ starting positions on the track are related to their gender, level of fitness, weight, age etc.”
This is already happening in Canada and has been for a few years (see link below).
It’s called the “Women Set the Pace” series, apparently, as stated on their website a few years back, because they were tired of seeing men win the events and felt they should have a “women only” race series to boost the self-esteem of women:
From the article:
The mission of this Toronto event is to invite women to race in a supportive environment where they get a chance to be the first to break the tape. The tagline of the race is “women set the pace.”
Maybe the tagline should be, “Women set the pace… when they don’t compete with men.”