what is a good time for 5k?

i am now training for 5k races next season but am wondering what is a good time for a 5k? and what would be a club level winning time?


  • Good time for a 5K is anytime where you finish.

    I don't know about club level but from my copy of british runner the 2003 rankings have times for men of 14:11 to 14:46 and ladies of 15:50 to 16:52
  • is that british champ never mind?
  • That would be the kind of times in most local races jimbo c for the winners.
  • what kind of times??? i have not raced for ages
  • popsiderpopsider ✭✭✭
    Those times above.
  • Sub-15 mins is a nice thing to be aiming for... at regular pace it equates to 3mins Ks -or 20K per hour. Keep that going for 42.195K, and you'll just fall a little short of the Marathon World Record.
    Sub-15mins will also win most 5K races- though it obviously won't get you in the top-15 yearly rankings...
  • cheers guys
  • I've noticed a Nick J in British runner race rankings a few times, is that you Nick?
  • where can i find these british rankings everyone is on about? are they in magazines?
  • jimbo c-British Runner is a magazine, I subscribe for mine, but you can get it in large newsagents. They have monthly rankings for different race distances and obviously other run info.
  • Hilly,

    Yep. I think I'm still somewhere among the top 15 in the yearly marathon rankings... There's a few big marathons coming, so I'll probably be relegated bef. the end of the year though... :-(
    I'll be in the monthly rankings occasionaly for shorter distances, but I'm far from cutting the mustard when it comes to comparing myself to the top guys...
  • Still something to be proud of though Nick. It's no mean feat being in the top 15 yearly rankings!!

    I've made the odd monthly ranking when nobody else has run!!
  • nick j,
    your obviously an occumplised runner can you suggest a good training programme to get me running sub 15min 5k i am male 22 years old!
  • Pammie*Pammie* ✭✭✭
    can an old 35 year old improve her time of 29:34 (only been back running since june, ran 25:24 in 1989 but that was another lifetime)
  • i know how you feel gemini!...... well apart from being a 35y.o woman of course..... ANYWAY i think nick j is the man to help us .... come on nick!!!!!
  • Don't think 35 is old Gemini seeing as I'm 39! And I don't feel or look old! I have run 20 mins for 5k and hoping to go quicker in the next year. Mind 5k does attract the very young women as they have more speed than endurance at 15-16!

    Follow a good 5k-10k schedule and your times should improve. Also, join a club, if you haven't already. Lots of support, advice and people to train with.
  • Pammie*Pammie* ✭✭✭
    Thanks hilly

    above mentioned 5k was ran bank holiday monday just gone, currently training for 10k on oct 5th
  • I got a faster 5k in the 10k that I got my pb, but don't count that as you never no if the marker is slightly out. However, always a good indication.

    Good luck in your 10k!

    I've got another 5k the week before my marathon and hoping to go under 20 mins. I'll be tapering then so I might feel a bit more fresh. Don't like 5k's very much though!
  • If I knew how to run sub-15, I'd be over the moon -though I was that fast once, it was a fair few years ago...

    Jimbo, there's no universal method... it all depends on your experience and current training. What have you run so far, and what sort of mileage are you currently doing?
  • Pammie*Pammie* ✭✭✭
    Thanks again hilly must try and join a club i know is a good idea but don't know which one to join and transport probs as i don't drive. (not at moment)
  • MinksMinks ✭✭✭
    Yes, you can improve, Gemini - and 35 ain't old! If it is, I will be officially 'old' next year. Started running in about April 2002, did Race for Life in the June in 26:56. After regular running (usually 4 times a week ever since) I ran the same Race for Life event on the same course this year and finished in 24:11. I hadn't been doing any real speedwork apart from a bit of tempo running. So improvement is definitely possible even at our great age!!
  • As a very new member of RW and in my sixties, I was amused to reflect on the comments of the "old guys" of 35yrs plus! but would welcome any advice from them, on suitable for a beginner, 5k/10k road events coming up early in the new year, Hampshire, West Sussex preferred. Graduated to running over the years from pro-football, serious squash, to non-competitive running 3/4 times per week for as long as I remember and have decided I need a target to aim for if I am to continue into my "old age"?
    Improvement however may be a different matter.
  • Snap Dennis. I've been waiting for someone older to turn up. I'm also a newbie but newer than you to running as I only started in April this year. I've kept reasonably fit over the years but have never done any sport seriously. I ran a 5k a month ago, it was a handicap, so I started first and finished last. That means I ran for longer than anyone else! 42min in fact. I bet you can't do worse than that!!
  • wow this thread is back
  • Well I never!!!!!!!!!
  • It can't last :-)
  • If you can manage a sub 20 minutes then you can be really proud of yourself and you have achieved a good standard.
  • I'm 38 and ran my first 5k in 35 mins. I run about twice a week and alhough improving still can't run the whole thing without walking for a short time. Will I get better? What time should I be aiming for? Can't ever imagine being able to run it in 20 minutes that's for sure!!!
  • Don't worry Sandra, you'll get there!

    I'd start with looking to gradually lengthen just one of your training runs - which you might have an eventual target of, say, 4 miles. This will get you used to the distance - don't worry about how slow you find you're running these as the point of them is to build up your stamina so that you'll easily be able to cover those 3-miles when you race.

    Once you're happy with that and are used to the slighly longer run once a week, start to use a different session to do some speed work - in the form of a tempo run or perhaps some interval work.

    Have fun!!

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