10 year old son 5k time - 20min 3 seconds

Looking for feedback on the time of 20min 3 seconds for 5k

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26/11/2013 at 14:12

Hi, my son recently ran a 5k with his football team (slightly shorter than 5k due to the route).  He is 10 years old and really loves sports (football, hockey, cross country).  We thought his time of 20mins 3 seconds was good but having had a look on the internet seems it is a really good time for his age.  He ran most of the route alone as his team mates fell behind and he had a quite a cold at the time.  At the end he wasn't out of breath or tired - he hadn't particularly pushed himself so we are sure he could easily do it faster.  Thoughts?  Is this a good time for a 10 year old boy? 

26/11/2013 at 14:17

Rubbish. He should be beating 20 minutes just to be average. You must be so ashamed.

26/11/2013 at 14:26

Ignore him, he's always grouchy.

The only real way of determining it is if he has a time over an approved distance with proper published times, as unfortunately many are often mismeasured and sometimes mistimed.

Try signing him up for your local parkrun. They are free, weekly 5k runs which are operated up and down the country. http://www.parkrun.org.uk That will give you a much better idea of where his time is at for his age range as they also give an "Age Graded" percentage - which basically says he is faster than x% of the people in his age range in the world.


cougie    pirate
26/11/2013 at 14:28
Yep get him down to the local parkrun. Most adults cant do that in 20 mins.
26/11/2013 at 14:35
Agreed, get him down to parkrun, get him to run it as fast as he can and then everyone can give decent feedback.
26/11/2013 at 14:39

Get him racing against other 10 year olds at races that 10 year olds are doing. Grouchy? 

26/11/2013 at 15:20

What the others have said - but let him take the lead if it's something he wants to do, don't go piling expectations on him.

26/11/2013 at 15:27

Ignore Sussex, he's so lazy.  He's only ran 11 marathons, last one was a rubbish 3:03 and I'm sure if he tried to race a 10K, by the time we all sneezed, he'd probably be finished.  Grouch

Edited: 26/11/2013 at 15:27
26/11/2013 at 15:33

I'd say that'a a great time for a 10 yo. If you look at the runbritain site they have rankings for parkrun times for different ages. At my local one a 9 yo girl ran 20:21 and that was considered pretty exceptional. Sign him up for a club if he's keen (although they won't have him running 5k at 10 as that is considered too long a distance to 'race' for that age - parkrun get away with having juniors as it's not considered a race)

26/11/2013 at 16:36

How was the course measured? and how short was it - if you know the actual distance you may work out how fast he could have run 5K.

Edited: 26/11/2013 at 16:37
26/11/2013 at 17:11

Naughty girl Pipski. Let's leave our pillow talk out of this

seren nos    pirate
26/11/2013 at 17:20

you won't find many other times to compare as apart from park runs children that young are not allowed to run those distances...they concentrate on shorter distances.....


26/11/2013 at 18:54

Thanks for all the interesting replies!  I will look up park run.  I believe the distance was just over 4.5k as it was round a local park.  He was running with boys his age, about 20 boys from his football team all aged 10.  He finished several minutes before the second boy.  He is interested in running, doing cross country with his primary school and came 4th in a regional final when he was 9 - not sure of the distance or time though!  No expectations being placed on him as he is focussed on hockey just now but would like to encourage him to do more with his running.

26/11/2013 at 19:11

Take these 3 points

1. Get him involved in an athletic club

2. Don't push too hard

3. Don't lie about the distances in future. Tch...bragging parents

seren nos    pirate
26/11/2013 at 19:20

hockey is a much more fun activity for a young boy.its a team event and so has it all.if he enjoys running then the running to keep fit for hockey when he gets older would be a bonus...

26/11/2013 at 19:22

I would make seren's post point 4

27/11/2013 at 10:05

Hockey is a great sport - my daughter & I also play and my son is doing really well (bragging parent alert - I did mention in my original post that it was slightly shorter than a 5k!).  I will encourage him to give an athletic club a go, he does enjoy his school cross country club, would rather he did athletics than football !!!  Don't seem to be any park runs in Scotland though.

27/11/2013 at 10:34

Excuse my facetiousness Harriet. we seem to have had a spate of threads about young kids running 5k in quick times. Usually at the parkrun.  

27/11/2013 at 10:48

Harrietchild if you click on this link http://www.parkrun.org.uk/events/events/ these is a catagory of scotish parkruns 12 in total hopefully one is local for you

27/11/2013 at 10:50

Facetious fact - the shortest word in English with all the vowels in the correct order.

More useful fact - there are lots of parkruns in Scotland but there are also big areas of Scotland where there are no parkruns - see link to map showing parkrun locations.


As he is only 10 you will be told at the start that he must run with an adult (under 11) so I hope you are quite good at running as well as hockey. [PS I have no idea if people actually comply with that rule or not]

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