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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25/06/2013 at 17:19


"my favourite sport cross-over athlete is probably paralympian Sarah Storey, who set every record going in the swimming pool, then suffered an ear infection so switched to cycling, and set every record going there as well."

You forgot "and is really, really good looking".

25/06/2013 at 18:20
SideBurn wrote (see)

I do not really believe in 'natural ability' a guy in my old club had it in spades... never used to train, but always did well in races.

But his definition of 'not training' allowed him to not include his mileage too and from work; because that is 'commuting'.

There are a lot of shady types who hold back what they're actually doing. Reminds me of the kid at school who did "No homework" yet got all As.

RicF wrote (see)
Stevie G . wrote (see)

oh yes, I remember now.

Instead of "fat boy to sub 1hr 14" which would have been an incredible achievement and full respect from all, he instead evokes memories of setting a foolish target and failing miserably.

Quite harsh in fairness as sub 1hr 14 is still a quality time! I doubt too many on this thread have done one, PP and Deano, not sure too many others.

What about me? 73:43 in Battersea Park. Finished the race absolutely peed off as I knew I couldn't ever be any faster than that. Odd how time tempers such nonsense.

Rather proud that my opening reply to this thread showed 'the voice of reason', even if I really thought the poster was a complete prat. opps!

Nothing pre 1970 is allowed Ric...they tell me the courses were a bit dodgily marked back then

25/06/2013 at 22:33

Has he broke the World Record yet?

25/06/2013 at 22:38
Maybe he has done a BR (Barton Runner).
25/06/2013 at 22:43

Matt -- Ignore the doubting Thomases...  Post your photographic evidence and we can put this thread to bed 

26/06/2013 at 06:11

Taxi: I'm sure 'Track and Field News' will be shortly doing an interview with this amazing young US distance track talent...

26/06/2013 at 06:16

If Matt is correct, he has run a faster 5000m time than Steve Prefontaine did at the same age...

cougie    pirate
26/06/2013 at 09:08
We should capitalise on this really. So many world talents are announced on the forum. We should sign them up as clients. Imagine - the trinity of Barton Runner, Tom and our friend here ?

Get me Nike on the phone...
26/06/2013 at 09:13

Who is Barton Runner? 

(I will let you into a secret I did google marathon runners with Matts 'apparent surname' to see if I could find a good marathon runner from back in the day - but wasn't able to find one).

26/06/2013 at 09:22
26/06/2013 at 10:20

I wonder when bartonrunner married Tom and moved stateside?? 

Matt never mentioned his mums natural ability....

26/06/2013 at 10:56

Screampillar - thanks am now up to "speed" - I mean in terms of reading the thread - not using map my run.  

Cheerful Dave    pirate
26/06/2013 at 11:15
RicF wrote (see)

What about me? 73:43 in Battersea Park. Finished the race absolutely peed off as I knew I couldn't ever be any faster than that. Odd how time tempers such nonsense.

Apart from that GNR result, eh Ric?

Cheerful Dave    pirate
26/06/2013 at 11:18

Finally I can get one over PP: not only have I met and spoken to Sarah Storey, but had dinner with her.  Oh, and Jodie Swallow was there too.

26/06/2013 at 11:47

Did she? Swallow?

26/06/2013 at 11:53

  Tsk. How Rude! 

I'm not sure a 16 year old should be reading this on his thead. He might get his dad to come you...

Edited: 26/06/2013 at 11:55
26/06/2013 at 12:15

His Dad's knees are trashed - I'll race him!!

26/06/2013 at 19:05

funny Barton runner didn't return...

26/06/2013 at 19:07

Maybe her cheap trainers fell to bits

26/06/2013 at 19:08

The title of this thread is hilarious though isn't it.

If you know someone who can do 15:xx they'll be the best runner locally generally by far.

Know someone 14:xx and they'll basically win every race in your region.

13:xx? has anyone ever met anyone who's run that?

The idea of a 16 year old doing that time?

The idea of a 16year old wondering if it's "competitive" for that age


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