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Im hoping someone can give me some advice here.
My daughter Amy is just 12 years old and has started to show a real interest in distance running, however she also plays football at an elite level (MUFC girls centre of excellence).
As her training schedule is already quite demanding with training 2 nights a week and matches all over the NW of England on Sats, I am very concerned about her doing too much (not to mention the chasing round i have to do!!).
Whats got me concerned is that on Sunday Amy entered a 5k santa dash in Manchester and finished with a time of 19min.55secs which for a 12 year old I think is very good. Amy was first femail accross the line and only beaten by 10 mail adult runners (over 200 competitiors).
She was even shown on skysports news, and I have a screen shot to prove it!
can someone help with the following questions?
Firstly I am thinking that 5k might realistically be too far a competitive run for a 12 year old girl?
Is under 20mins a good time, and is there any web sites that can give me comparisons?
Are there any decent clubs or local races of 3to5k that Amy can give it a go?
Football is obviously her first sport, but if she has a talent i would not like to see it go to waste!!
Any help or advice would be greatly appreciated.
Mike (concerned parent!!)