What is the average 5k time for a 14 year old?
Its a good start but you will find that you have to be patient to let the training build over a few years.
Take yourself down to your nearest parkrun, they;re free 5ks every Saturday morning at 30+ venues. That will let you judge yourself against other people of your own age and against people of eevry other age too.
The site is having one or two problems at the moment but keep trying over the next few days and it should be fully working again.
If you're interested in the times of what the very best at different ages can do for 5K :
I would go to a parkrun, but the problem is the nearest one is about 100 miles away!
I was thinking of entering a 5k fun run in m local town of Crewkerne. Last years winner won in about 21 minutes so judging by that i'm fairly good.
Tom........mentioned this to my son who is 15..............he said that with that time you would make the Welsh squad............
not sure if you would make theenglish one.but its pretty good running
Tom............I'm surprised that your coach hasn't done something about your running......
if he has accurately measured it then you are amazing on one run a week.......
The best cardiff park run ever by a 14 year old male is 16:45 and cardiff is a very flat fast course..........
checking Bushy park in london's time which is the biggest one around the fastest 14 year old boy ever there was 16:49
In fact around all the park runs in the country not many adults each week get sub 17..........
so your 16;30 into a wind would make you a very up and coming talent
let me throw a couple of stats at you (and these are out of all runners...not just 14 year olds obviously)
16.10 for 5k on a track would have got you 460th in the UK last year and 562nd on the road.
If you can truly do 5k in 16.10 at 14 years old off 1 run a week then you probably have national standard running ability.
What doesn't make sense to me, is why is your coach timing you running 5k for rowing training?
Also, how rowing training would help your running...I'd wager it wouldn't, as if anything you'd be too muscular.
If you hadn't mentioned the GB rowing status, I would have said you owe it to yourself to bin it asap, and properly start running . Imagine if you could have been a contender.
Can you do a proper 5k, a park run or something to lay a proper set in stone time down?
To quantify my comments, I've done a 17.10 but I run a good 50miles a week. SO to hear someone 15 years younger doing perhaps 45miles less a week running a minute quicker is incredible.
Just tell us you're not ona wind up
i suggest you first enter a race if you want to get an accurate time as without an accurate time on a race it is all speculation. it sounds too good to be true to be honest.
in any case the reason you do not see 14 year old competing in 5000m is you are not allowed to on the track. you have to be 15 before you 5000m track. all the competitive youth are trained by their coaches to be elite middle distance runners and all the races in this age group are 3000m at most.
if you are in the british rowing team juniors i would keep up with this. bedford harriers would be useless for you. at least go to bedford county as it is a track club. otherwise if you want to pursue running as a second sport act your rowing coaches how you can train for running without it messing up the rowing training. good luck.
"Just wondering what you think the average 5k time is for a 14 year old. After 1 and a half months easy training (effectively 3 recovery runs and a long run each week), I can run it in about 22 minutes and I'm wondering if this is above/below average."
Yes it is a very good time for your age and very good considering level of training but just be careful on the 'long run' mate. Running too much at your age can be dangerous. I suggest you get yourslelf down to the local running club so you have a coach what give you ideas what to do. Most have quite a big juniour section and they'll be a series a races to do in the year. Good luck.
Yep Tom, definitely get a proper well measured official race time, and report back here.
Not to doubt you, but sometimes it's easy to over or understimate times or distances...we've all done it.
And of course...if you're already at GB level in one sport, sticking with it as opposed to the can you can't you make it nature of the running would be ridiculously risky.
Even if you were as naturally talented as it sounds, you'd have to still put a monumental level of training in to run at national standard...it would become your life!
However...let's all chill...post back when you've logged a 5k time at MK park run. Let us know what the course is like too...
Tom - I confess I'm intrigued too. When you're doing your 5k or 1k sessions with the other guys in the rowing team do you ever do them flat out ? Are you spectacularly miles ahead of your peers doing these sessions ??
I'll be keeping an eye out for the MK park run results too. Let us know when you run it
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