#Sub50project: Meet the participants

For those of you who don’t know what the #Sub50project is, in a nut shell – it’s a project to help fellow bloggers and people on twitter to try and run a 10k in under 50 minutes. We will share stories, chat, meet up and engage help from experts with the aim of next year running a sub-50 10k.

Anyone can join in though and it’s not too late to get involved. The next twitter chat is on Sports Psychology on Wednesday 23rd October at 8pm GMT using the hashtag #sub50project. Whether you are a regular sub-50 runner, a newbie or indeed an expert, please do join in and share your experience.

Here are the first batch of participants so far (more to follow):



I’ve been running since July 2012 when I signed up for the British 10k did no training and surprised myself by actually being able to run most of the way round and finished in 1.06 which included a queue and stop for the toilet half way round.

  • 10k – around 10 if not a bit more PB is 53.47
  • 2 half marathons – my first one was 2.04, which again included a toilet stop (really need to get better at bladder control never mind anything else!), second was Run to the Beat recently, I hadn’t done any training and had run a 10k the day before, so finished 2.23
  • 1 marathon – I was targeting 4.15 but I’d suffered with shin splints during training. On the day my knee started hurting at mile 6 and I just knew it wasn’t good. I managed to keep persevering until I couldn’t run with a normal gait anymore. At mile 16 accepted I was going to have to walk the last 10 miles so in total it took around 5.25

Following the marathon back in April I had a break then started again in mid-August but I was literally just doing 10k races and not really any running specific training around the races so I’ve been around the 1.02 to 1.05 mark.



Hello there, lovely people. I’m Jay and I’m a runner (although I still don’t feel 100% comfortable awarding myself that title, and probably never will). Over at Born to Plod I also write about my exploits, and about the odd little things that pop into my head during a run. To be honest, you’ll be lucky to catch me writing about running for more than few lines before it veers off-topic and turns into a discourse about evil penguins or something to do with jam. But I do love running. I love the headspace and the freedom and the challenges that come with it.

Which brings me here. After spending forever trying (and finally succeeding) to nail a sub-hour 10k, I’ve now set my sights on the just-as-arbitrary sub-50. Over the last year I’ve whittled myself down to somewhere in the 52 minute ballpark, but those last few minutes are proving pesky. I need help!


I started running to get fitter for my flying trapeze class two years ago. But as I went from surviving 1k to enjoying running for an hour, I decided to look into races. I was training for a half in the winter but I badly sprained my ankle, the recovery of which sent me into the world of triathlon. With my first season nearly over, I’m looking forward to focusing on just running again (complemented with flying trapeze classes)!
My current 10k time is 52.59.

Over the past year my 10k times have hovered around 55 minutes – way off 50 minutes I realise! My fastest 10k race is 55.27 at the Richmond 10k, although my Garmin has logged a little faster while training for longer races.

I’ve never really thought about speed work; however, it’s recently entered my radar. I went to two of the Sweaty Betty Speed sessions and LOVED them. I’m really hopeful that incorporating some speed work will really add a boost to my running. My last few goals have all been about going further and I think I’ve developed a consistent plod as a result. I’d like to mix things up a bit and get faster!



Last October I ran my fastest ever 10k at a time of 50:41. The PB was achieved on a day when I’d missed my train, finally arrived with minutes to go to the start, got a taxi across town, which just managed to slip through as the roads started to close for the race. I then flung my bag at the nice people on the registration desk and sprinted my way to the start line. I therefore think I might be able to do better, in fact I think I could go sub 50:00. However, my 5K times this year have been underwhelming so I think I need a strategy and I hope that’s where the sub 50 project comes in. I doubt I’ll ever qualify as a diva but I hope to do a bit more dashing.

For ages and ages I couldn’t get under 58 minutes for a 10k, it was like some sort of mental block! Consequently, I used to really hate and avoid 10ks. Then I had a breakthrough – I entered the Nike We Own the Night 10k in May this year and did a training run in 55 minutes. Since then I’ve got that down to 52.32 and think I’ve got more in the tank. I’m hoping that with some specific training and expert help I can break the next milestone – sub-50.

9 thoughts on “#Sub50project: Meet the participants

  1. I love this idea&the community spirit…But Is there a limit on when you have to hit sub 50 by or is it just during next year? The reason I ask is I love the sub 50 idea..but yikes..My running is so poor right now I’m averaging 58-60min and I sure need some more training time! Plus I have this ethic that If I take something on and don’t reach the goal I’ll beat myself up for a looooong time 🙂

    • Please do join in! 🙂 We are looking to find a good flat 10k to run in London around next March (or peeps who can’t make that we might do a virtual run) – i think you have time to get it down easily! hey, even if you get it down to 52 that would be amazing right? 🙂 I’m doing it as yes sub 50 would be amazing, but it’s more about learning how to be an athlete, how to run without injury and get the best nutrition. Running sub 50 is a massive side bonus.

      • I will be honest..I am realistic..& I think if I got 52/53 I may cry with delight! 😀 & 10km around London sounds absolutely wonderful.
        Please count me in as I feel a lot less intimidated now & I’ll send over some deats and find a not tooo frightening running picture.

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