Is 13:38 a competitive 5k time for 16 year old

Wondering whether or not I should seriously take up running

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24/06/2013 at 11:01

Yes, I'm guessing not too many British high schools are known for having track teams. Unless things have moved on a bit since my day.

Bionic Ironwolf    pirate
24/06/2013 at 11:03

The mention of becoming a Junior in High School definitely points to him being American.

24/06/2013 at 11:12

Agreed, although my granddaughter's excited about her upcoming high school prom so it's probably only a matter of time before we too are talking about juniors, sophomores etc 

24/06/2013 at 11:12
Bionic Ironwolf wrote (see)

The mention of becoming a Junior in High School definitely points to him being American.

That and the dollar sign in his other post.

24/06/2013 at 12:11

birkmye

  1. Yep too young for a half (but maybe one of those Kenyan juniors who look about 30)
  2. Your memory is correct she was sponsored by Brooks (Do the have Ostriches in America - maybe that is how he got so fast)
  3. And yes his 5000 metre time does equate to around 3:36!!!

I can't wait until he competes against Tom Chinnery in Rio!!!

24/06/2013 at 12:24

As much as it pains me to say it, Tom will be of little concern to Matt in rio. The time Matt is posting as achived is way beyond what Tom even has in his minds eye!

24/06/2013 at 12:56

Matt -  the US trials 5000m all time record was broken last yr and it had stood for 40years. That was 13.22.  So you were only 10 secs off being the all time all american hero at 16 and off no training or races.   The world is yours.   

Edited: 24/06/2013 at 12:59
XX1
24/06/2013 at 13:01

I'm sensing some scepticism towards Matt's claim here.

XX1
24/06/2013 at 13:03
Taxi Driver wrote (see)

I'm sensing some scepticism towards Matt's claim here.

You are very perceptive 

seren nos    pirate
24/06/2013 at 13:03

maybe thats why he posted on a british forum..........in america there might be someone who lives near him and might be able to disprove his ability..

Cannot believe that if he has been running for 5 years and has that kind of ability that the american system would not have picked him up roped him in

24/06/2013 at 13:04

I ran for the bus this morning and did a 10.01sec 100m off no training and in my work shoes and clothes.

24/06/2013 at 13:05

Precisely Seren, if it's true he's a prodigy, someone would have noticed.

Actually he would have noticed before now wouldn't he?

Edited: 24/06/2013 at 13:05
24/06/2013 at 13:30

Nobody in the world ran under 13:38 until Gordon Pirie in 1956, and even the great Henry Rono only managed a 13:06 despite a lifetime's dedication to his sport. And those were on the track - the 5k road record remains 13:00 flat.

Makes you wonder what the rest of the world has been tw@tting about at when some young 16yo Seppo punk can bang out a 13:38 off no racing, and a maximum of 20 miles per week. 

Wake up world FFS.

cougie    pirate
24/06/2013 at 13:33
This story must be a fantastic inspiration to Tom Chinery eh ?
It CAN be done if you just want it enough...
24/06/2013 at 13:36

Forgive me if I'm being thick but I seem to have missed the whole Tom Chinnery thing - is there a linky thing?

24/06/2013 at 13:37

Is there an age limit for the Olympics - I'll be 56 in in 2016 - Last year at my sons school sports day I ran 8.96 for 100 metres - on grass and beat people half my age. It was definitely 100 metres as the head teacher said it was and my garmin confirmed it too plus mapmy run also mapped it.

24/06/2013 at 13:38
DT19 wrote (see)

As much as it pains me to say it, Tom will be of little concern to Matt in rio. The time Matt is posting as achived is way beyond what Tom even has in his minds eye!

My mouth is already watering thinking about the 5k and 10k at Rio - Mo Farah, Mike Rushton, Tom Chinery (all Team GB) plus Matt Bratovich from US plus all the Africans - it is going to be amazing!

24/06/2013 at 13:41
Screamapillar wrote (see)

Forgive me if I'm being thick but I seem to have missed the whole Tom Chinnery thing - is there a linky thing?

Some Tom Foolery: -

http://www.runnersworld.co.uk/forum/training/insane-training-plan----wise-idea/252026-39.html

24/06/2013 at 13:44

Grendel - the image of you at the start of the dad's race at your son's sports day with your finger poised over your garmin start button is a funny one - I remember one year trying to do it in work shoes because I was too embarrassed to wear trainers as I might look like I had come prepared.

From memory all the dads waited until someone persuaded them to go to the start even though they had obviously spent the whole sports day waiting for the dads race. (or maybe that was just me)

24/06/2013 at 13:45

But did you win, Skinny?

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