Posted: 24/08/2016 at 16:37
I was a sprinter and triple jumper as a kid, so long distance is not my natural environment, but at age 53 I'm regularly getting close to 20 minutes at parkrun - four years ago I ran about eight or nine under the 20 mark. I have, of course, kept fit for most of my life. I'm usually about the third or fourth in my age group to finish at my local parkrun. On a recent visit to Fell Foot parkrun, by Windermere, I was heartened to finish in 18th place overall on a slightly hilly course in 21 mins. When I looked at the results, a guy in the 65-69 age group was two places and ten seconds ahead of me - I knew he was older when he overtook me, but not that old! The short and the long of it is that if you keep it up you could easily get close to 20, but a lot depends on the course, your body type and how much you train.