Average 10k times

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10/12/2002 at 22:36
Hi there. Ive just started running seriously a few months ago,running very day. Ive just entered a 10k race in April. What sort of average time should I expect to be aiming for or aiming to beat. Im 12 stone 7 and 5"11 tall, so average build. I just want some sort of rough Idea.


10/12/2002 at 23:16
Gav - I agree with EP. Just do your best. Impossible to tell what time you'll be doing without knowing your current state and what training schedule you'll be following (quality not quantity!).

OK, a stab in the dark - my entry in the Gav 10K Sweepstake is 49 mins and 18 seconds. :-)

If you want to see what the rest of the field will be doing, look through the events section and follow the links to some event websites - they very often have the previous year's full results.

By the way - remember not to over-train, or you'll spend race day in front of the telly! Take a day off now and again!
10/12/2002 at 23:27
Run 10k and time yourself?

The best I've managed yet was 58 mins (well, it was 58 mins and 59 seconds really, but we won't go into that). Actually managing to do it in less than an hour was a real buzz. I bored everybody with it for days . . . :-)
10/12/2002 at 23:39
It could depend a lot on your training between now and then! When I tried to guess what I'd manage for 26 miles, barely able to run for 1 mile, I just multiplied up my 1 mile time, assuming that my stamina would improve.

If you're running less than 10k at the moment, there's a rough rule of thumb that doubling distance will mean 1 min per mile extra - so if you can do 5k at 10 min miles, you should aim for 11 min miles for 10k at the same level of fittness.
11/12/2002 at 00:58
If you are training seriously every day and age is not a factor then I am going to guess 43 minutes.

11/12/2002 at 13:08
My PB and only 10k time is 74mins. It was v.hilly though. I'd agree with Sean H about the time generally, but the profile of the race can definitely affect you.
11/12/2002 at 13:34
It always amazes me how fast guy's get so quickly so my sweepstake guess is 46mins.

11/12/2002 at 18:07
The thing with all this is that it's a sweepstake... staying away from injuries... 45mins
11/12/2002 at 18:21
It's not really possible to predict a time for you Gavin without knowing what pace you run. Even then, a lot depends on the race-the terrain, whether it's flat/hilly etc. Also, don't forget to take at least one day off a week. It's not really wise to train every day, especially when you first start running because of overuse injuries.

Good luck and enjoy your race!!
12/12/2002 at 10:43
Depends how keen you are. I ran last may having done absolutely no excercise for a couple of years in 1hr10 (I was conned into doing it). Running for just twice a week, got this to 52mins in september. Then 2-3 days a week got this to 48 mins in november (but it was brighton, which is either too short, or has mystical powers). I need to get between 40-45 mins by next may, so will have to do 3 runs a week as a minimum I guess.

So, it comes down to how much you're prepared to put it to it

12/12/2002 at 11:05
Very unpredictable thing times and races, everybody has pretty much covered the ground. Started running in late August, my 3 races so far have been:

Sept 4K fun run = 14:23 winged feet??
Oct 5K hilly circuits = 26:27 Diving suit?
Nov 10K mostly flat = 51.08 dead chuffed

See most unpredictable! Just run it is my advice then you've got something to aim at next time.

cheers CN
18/06/2011 at 19:46
my best time for a 10k is 54:22
18/06/2011 at 19:59
a thread resurrected 9 years later !!  is this a record?
19/06/2011 at 09:45

I think it must be LLb. Wonder what time he actually did it in then ?

09/05/2012 at 20:55
Just ran 10k on treadmil today.did it in 58mins 50secs.
17/05/2012 at 13:08

im 65 only run 2 10k races ever although as a lad i ran mostly 100 sprints, 2 weeks ago 50.16 last week 51.01 this week-end want 49.00 or thereabouts, so u youngsters out there men and women go 4it and make sure you beat an old-mans time. Good luck.

05/06/2012 at 08:08

i train 5 times a day 5 days a week , been doing that now for 2 weeks this is my 3rd week. and i have gone from 3k 36 mins to 10k in 42 mins. i am 20 years old so i am in my prime.

just push your self over your limited you will be surprised how far you can push your self.


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13/09/2012 at 00:05
I've been running for 2/3 months, I'm up to 10k, averaging 62/63mins. I can't get under an hour and getting really frustrated!! Pls help/tips thank you
14/11/2012 at 23:36
Train, train, train... don't push too hard though.
Concentrate on your 5k speed 1st get that under 30 mins then go from there.
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