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26/08/2002 at 07:56
anyone know a quick way to convert either kilos - miles or visa-versa I am trying to do some track work and would appreciate any help
26/08/2002 at 08:34


I'm not sure that this is the answer you're looking for, and the figures are approximate, but to go from kilometres to miles I use the following:

To get miles, I multiply my kilometres by 0.62

To get kilometres, I multiply my miles by 1.61

26/08/2002 at 09:00
As a rough guide, 5miles is 8 k, so 10 miles is 16k...then you can divide up other distances
26/08/2002 at 10:53
To use some runner-friendly distances, 5K is roughly 3.1 miles so 10K is nearly 6 and a quarter miles. A half-marathon is just over 21K.
26/08/2002 at 12:13
Unless you need it too accurate
Miles to kms x0.6 (or x5 and divide by 8)
Kms to miles x1.6 (or x8 and divide by 5)

or you could do what I do and use (race pacer) plug in either kms or miles and it gives you the miles or kms equiv back .

also depends on how good your basic maths is.(I believe if you can now multiply by 8 and divide by 5 you get automatic grade A at GCSE).
26/08/2002 at 14:50
That's a bit below the belt about students' GCSE ability Dustin. Many students work hard for these results and working in a senior school I can tell you they certainly need to be able to do far more than you believe.
26/08/2002 at 15:18
GCSE: Guaranteed Certificate for Sitting the Exam
26/08/2002 at 15:43

What do you teach?

I always wanted to be a teacher but - and shocking to say I know - it didn't pay enough money.

My daughter has just taken the incredibly brave plunge of switching to a German speaking school (she was previously in an international English speaking school), so now all her lessons are in German! (Un)Fortunately German and English algebra are still just as hard (for me!)
26/08/2002 at 15:50
If you are running on a track, 400m is just short of 1/4 mile - 0.2485 to be precise! So 4 laps is just short of a mile (0.9942).

26/08/2002 at 20:04
Hi Martin,
I'm not a teacher as in class teaching, I'm a Dyslexia Therapist working in a specialist unit within a senior school. Very rewarding but poorly payed!
27/08/2002 at 10:48
Jo - presumably that is the inside lane on a track. Do you know how much extra distance is added by going one lane further out?

Perhaps running in the second lane would make it an exact 1/4?

27/08/2002 at 11:07
Yes, that's for the inside lane - I'm not sure about the other lanes. However, I recall seeing something about that on the training forum a couple of weeks ago - maybe worth a search?

27/08/2002 at 12:24
How accurate do you want to be? For training on the track, i usually say 4 laps is one mile - only the sprinters are allowed on the inside 3 lanes at our track on a Club night, so by running all the way round in tracks 4-10, i must be doing a full mile plus a bit in 4 laps.
The bit extra i count as the 'bit for luck to make me faster!'
27/08/2002 at 15:35
Does that mean then Jo that the world 400m record isn't actually for 400m?
28/08/2002 at 08:38
Gee - I don't know - this is all getting too technical for me! They do stagger the start line though don't they?

(BTW - I saw on another thread hilly that you are a dyslexia therapist - I hope you know how appreciated you are - I've 2 dyslexic kids, one of whom has just 3 Bs at A level which a few years ago we would never have thought possible.)
28/08/2002 at 11:33

I think you misunderstood the thread. A mile is actually 1,609.34 metres, therefore 4 x 400 metres would be slightly less than a mile and 400 metres is slightly less than one-quarter of a mile.

Or am I taking things too literally.
28/08/2002 at 14:04
I could well have done Martin, it has been known to happen!:)

Thanks Jo and congratulations to your son, it's always nice to hear of success stories.
11/09/2002 at 14:27
kms to miles - times 5 divide by 8
miles to kms - times 8 divide by 5

simple sums.
30/10/2002 at 19:51
Easy way Kilos to miles just take of 1/3. Not 100% accurate but near enough also works for £ to Euros and £ to $ at the moment
31/10/2002 at 12:10
But how many Angstroms are there in a chain? That one always throws me.
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