What is a good/average time for a 3K, 5K and 10K?

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03/10/2012 at 09:00

This thread is a mere 7 years old.

But reading back, it's quite funny how many people have ignored that the question of "good/average" time came from a female newbie, and instead have answered their own question, of what's a  good time for a hard training, male club runner between 18-40.

2 entirely different questions.

03/10/2012 at 11:31

Thanks Run Wales that's really good to know, and I will have a look at the Age Grading System you suggest. 

03/10/2012 at 12:38
Stevie G . wrote (see)

But reading back, it's quite funny how many people have ignored that the question of "good/average" time came from a female newbie, and instead have answered their own question, of what's a  good time for a hard training, male club runner between 18-40.

Being 41 I resent the inference here, Stevie!  

03/10/2012 at 13:52

Simply the age of a "senior male" rather than Vet Ratzy.

I should have put 18-39 in fairness.

18/07/2014 at 14:59

I have recently started running approx 3 weeks now.  I have entered to do a 3k park run to give me a baseline Goal with a view of working on my endurance etc...  I am a complete beginner and was wondering is completing the run within 40mins to start with okay for my age 46.   I'm not worried about what others are doing it a personal achievement and something I am currently enjoying.  Any thoughts welcome. Ali

18/07/2014 at 15:00

Please excuse typos

18/07/2014 at 16:28

It's a bit "how long is a piece of string" Ali.  I am 46 too, and am on the comeback trail following 5 years off running having kids.  Looking back to 3 weeks into my comeback, I was running approx. 39 mins for 3 miles, (I'm assuming you meant 3 miles/5k as that's the standard parkrun distance).  My time is now around 32 mins (after a patchy year and a half training).

A quick look at a couple of parkrun results show times from 16 minutes up to 50 minutes.

So all in all, 40 mins sounds like a reasonable target, and as you say, gives a benchmark for your future improvement.

 

18/07/2014 at 18:50

I thought the real answer to for any runner is....

Good time? Anyone racing faster than yourself.

And anyone slower can get to where you are.

05/04/2015 at 19:24
I did my first park run with 42 Mins, I enjoyed very much.
24/04/2015 at 00:50

I'm probably a martial artist primarily, seeing as that was my first and most constant activity in my life, but I've played football and rugby every year since I was 16 (29 now). I find running at speed isn't my passion or exceptional talent, I'm pure stamina and bursts of explosive speed at certain times. Consequently, in recent times using a treadmill (never liked them previously, big hurdle out of necessity), I find my speed isn't particularly great, by comparison to others. I can run 5k in 30 minutes, no problems, and I can run upwards of 10k easily, BUT, I generally stop timing it because it's a lot more fun just to slow-burn it and run til I feel like collapsing, I feel like the timer actually stops me running as far as I can without it. Massive endorphin high after you run like that, by the way, in case you didn't know.

Go figure, all I wanted to add was that running for anyone but yourself is a complete waste of time. I don't care what the "expected time" is, I do it because it's a good workout, my body feels great during and afterwards, and when I run any kind of competitive event, it's only ever for charity, I enter kickboxing tournaments, train and play field sports to slake my competitive streak. If you haven't trained much as a runner through the years you probably aren't going to be great at it, but is running all that there is? There are far more exciting and competitive sports out there, and if running competitively isn't doing it for you or your times aren't great, just use it to get fit and join a martial arts gym or get into 5 a side football or 7s/ tag rugby.

As for times, I think 40-45 minutes for a 5k is good for a beginner. 10k is a heck of a leap forward, go for 1 hour and 30 and take it from there. The most important thing is to be motivated, stay motivated, and set goals you can ACTUALLY achieve. Running and fitness in general should be about longevity, so set your goal close to the times you achieve in training, don't just check on a forum and prescribe it to yourself.

25/04/2015 at 02:49
45 mins for a 5k?! You're taking the piss aren't you? That's a brisk walk to most people.
25/04/2015 at 09:24
It is an old thread. No point throwing out alcohols fuelled insults. Just chill.
26/04/2015 at 15:36

JackHarris87 wrote (see)

45 mins for a 5k?! You're taking the piss aren't you? That's a brisk walk to most people.

 

And it's attitudes like that which make a lot of us too scared to join in.

 

26/04/2015 at 22:56
Welcome aboard ally. Ignore the trolls and you'll be ok.
26/04/2015 at 23:45

The point at which a brisk walk becomes a slow jog is certainly an emotive subject.

27/04/2015 at 09:47
Allybongo wrote (see)

JackHarris87 wrote (see)

45 mins for a 5k?! You're taking the piss aren't you? That's a brisk walk to most people.

 

And it's attitudes like that which make a lot of us too scared to join in.

 

dont be too scared to join in...but just understand that this sort of time is below average.  which is what this thread is about.    no problem...i expect anyone completing 5k in about 15 minute miling would understand they are a below average runner.     no one is saying dont run or trying to demotivate you/or others with similar times.

28/04/2015 at 01:40
I wasn't trolling, just surprised and confused as to how someone would consider a 15 minute mile as 'average'.

Anyway, what's brilliant for me is crap for someone else, and vice versa. It's about getting out there and challenging yourself to improve, using your own times and those around you to gauge how you're getting on.
01/05/2015 at 16:51

I'm a 43 year old male runner who is only running since this January and I have ran several 5K races in and around the 28 min - 30 min mark. I am really happy with those times. I am now looking forward to my first 10K in July and I'm hoping to finish in under an hour.

Running is the best thing that I have discovered in years.... I love it

02/05/2015 at 05:51

Being new to running and these forums I won't pretend to have any sort of authority, but I aimed for sub 30 mins for 5k and sub 1 hour for 10k. I can only train sporadically and really just run to fun and to keep some weight off. When I go out I either aim for split times below ...., an over all time below...., or a nice slow long run. As long as you are enjoying running and your times are improving who cares?

02/05/2015 at 13:49

That's a fair point Norseman, if your not enjoying what your doing in the first place then whats the point ............

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