5k in 23:31 - but aged 10!

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24/02/2010 at 19:02
I just found out that my nephew ran 5k in an official timed race in 23:31 (while chatting to a friend); the surprising thing is that he's only 10! I reckon that's equivalent to 12.8 kph. I was astonished at his time - but perhaps I'm easily astonished? Does anyone know what pace a 10 year old would run at? Obviously the family is happy to see him just enjoy running so not keen to put any pressure on at his young age. Thoughts welcome...
24/02/2010 at 20:36
Wow, that's pretty impressive for a 10 year old. Does he play any other sports at all?

I seem to remember there was a thread about a 12 year old girl on here a while back, and she'd run a 5k in about 19:30 I think. She was a member of a football youth team, though I can't remember which one.
24/02/2010 at 20:40
yes he plays youth football too so perhaps there is a common theme! I suspect there might be a big difference between 10 and 12 in times but not too sure.
24/02/2010 at 20:42
According to UKA rules, I think, you have to be 13 or over to run a 5k so there's no record on powerof10 of someone his age group- but he's probably within the top 30 of the U15 boys last year
cougie    pirate
24/02/2010 at 22:15
That can't be right - surely the 5k isn't accurately measured ?
24/02/2010 at 22:47
When my son was 11 he ran a school race which covered a 2 mile course as part of the Great South set up. He clocked around 11 1/2 minutes and beat many older children some of whom were a good few years older!.............. at the same age he ran 7 miles with me ........... I can believe the 10 year old lad is that good
24/02/2010 at 22:50
Miniwomble ran sub-7 for a mile when she was 9, so I see nothing wrong with this boy's 5k time. She was 9th in the race too with the winner significantly faster. I always wondered what might have happened if she'd been coached the way some of the other girls obviously were.
24/02/2010 at 23:01
I ran a 6:53 mile when I was 9... funny how I've only improved by 80 seconds in the 10 years since!

Anyway, I digress.
cougie    pirate
25/02/2010 at 00:12
Can it really be that a ten year old who was chatting around the course can post a time that would put him amongst the top 30 of kids 5 years his senior - presumably racing hard ?
I've no feeling for such young kids racing - but that sounds pretty amazing to me. A young Alf Tupper !
25/02/2010 at 07:58
ManxJade http://www.mysportrelief.com/Jade3mile wrote (see)
According to UKA rules, I think, you have to be 13 or over to run a 5k so there's no record on powerof10 of someone his age group- but he's probably within the top 30 of the U15 boys last year

12 runners broke 17:00 for the 5k in the U15s last year, the best being 15:50.  On what did you base your speculation?

Edited: 25/02/2010 at 07:59
seren nos    pirate
25/02/2010 at 08:05

I was just about to query those stats...........

My 14 year old is just 5 secs of going under 20 mins and he is only an average runner..........a good team member for the school but a way down the field in all events........

still i'm impressed that he wants to run..........but boys develop so much differently to each other its hard to tell at that age whose good unless they really stand out from the crowd

i believe you have to be 14 to officially do 5k's but you can run park runs younger.........

still if he enjoyed it take him to the local athletics club...

25/02/2010 at 11:01

Moraghan, I base my speculation on the same source as you- powerof10. That only has listings up to 17:00, which as you say, 12 U15 boys broke. Assuming not as many younger people try at longer distances, I know at my club there are no U15s who try at that distance, then I think top 30 at least would be a quite reasonable estimate.

 And since this couldn't have been under UKA rules there's no way of telling where he'd be offically until he's 13/14... I'd definately take him along to a children's athletics club, if he can get that time now and enjoys it, he could have a lot of potential By going once a week it hopefully won't be putting any pressure on him.

25/02/2010 at 11:25

I can't follow the logic there.  If there were 12 U15s who were between 15:50 and 16:53, it follows that there would be more runners at each correspondingly lower time.  That would be the obvious pattern because there is more and more depth the slower you go.

Otherwise you are suggesting just 18 male under 15 runners ran between 17:01 and 23:31 which is utterly ludicrous.

seren nos    pirate
25/02/2010 at 11:33
I would say that there are 1000's of u15 boys who can run faster than 23:31..just go a schools cross country to see that many kids are naturally fast just from playing other sports without any running training...........
25/02/2010 at 11:50
ManxJade http://www.mysportrelief.com/Jade3mile wrote (see)
According to UKA rules, I think, you have to be 13 or over to run a 5k so there's no record on powerof10 of someone his age group- but he's probably within the top 30 of the U15 boys last year

Top 30....now that is hilarious!

I think you missed 3 noughts off. If you haven't worked it out that's 30000. 23'31"/5K is a time virtually ANY U15 boy or girl could run, that has done any type of aerobic sport.

Now what does 23'31"/5K say about a 10yr old?...Very little. It does say he's been fairly active (shouldn't all 10yr olds be active?). 5K is not a competitive distance at this age anyway.

What's important is he seems to be enjoying running. If this is the case, then take him to your local club. U11s only run 600m in club track competition. Inter club competions don't even run 800m/1500m on the track until they reach U13 level.

25/02/2010 at 12:06

I've no idea what a national 5k U11 ranking would look like, but I agree that the main thing is that he enjoys running that far at all!

Looking back at my school days I'd absolutely love to have had the opportunity to pursue a more aerobic based sport at a young age.  Being a late developer I was fairly poor at most sports on offer, especially those involving strength and speed, but I did at least enjoy taking part in and training for the longer events at sports day. Provision of sports in my school went RAPIDLY downhill after my first couple of years.  We had no sports day after my second year at secondary school and I ran a total of two cross-country races, both in the first year.   After that, you were either good at football or didn't get much of a look-in.  Fcuking joke.

I didn't enjoy sport till I joined the cycling club that my brothers were in, at age 12.  To be fair, this was funded by the local education authority, but had nothing to do with my school.

Er, anyway, so what I think I'm saying is I agree with Jokerman.  Whatever the time signifies, get him down to a club and see if he enjoys taking part in structured sessions.

25/02/2010 at 12:13
Let me know which club he joins so I can nobble him cos the litle bugger is faster than me and I'm 4 times his senior
20/06/2013 at 08:40

My 10 year old son does the hallam park run, and he managed it in 21:53

20/06/2013 at 08:48
The trouble is the OPs son will now be 13.
20/06/2013 at 09:22


And what became of him one wonders?

Did he break the fabled top 30 of U15s or is he sat, bloated and greasy on the sofa, with a PS3 controller clutched in his grubbby paws?

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