November 2014: Zach Blum finishes in 18:30 for road based 5k World Record
2011: Lucas Bourgoyne is the track record holder for 5k at 18:41.3
Those times are obviously fast for kids and super-well done to both of them.
I’m surprised that the ‘record’ is ‘only’ as fast as that though. Several in my peer group have kids (girls & boys) who I’m sure have run not too far off that. Maybe my memory eludes me. Maybe they were a little older.
Edit: Here are some records for Bushy Park…not the fastest parkrun.
PS IMO it is not a great idea to get your kids to this sort of standard at this age with run-specific training. Variety is key. Wait a few years.