A 10K race is an excellent distance for runners of all abilities, especially beginners looking to enter their first mass-participation event. As oppose to the full-on, time-sapping commitment of a half or full marathon, 10K races hit the sweet spot of being a challenge without requiring six months of planning and training to complete them in one piece.
They’re also far more common, with small events running every weekend all around the country, and securing a spot in even the most popular 10K races is a doddle compared to the ballots or extensive fundraising required to bag a major marathon place.
Once you’ve signed up and given yourself a pat on the back, it’s time to start planning your training.
To help any runner smash their 10K we asked running coaches for training plans for all abilities and aims. Once you’ve
selected your plan from the below, scroll down for more advice, but first, tips from the one and only Jo Pavey for running your best 10K.