Results from Poole parkrun on Saturday 10th October show that 9-year-old Louis Robinett bagged a creditable PB which, on closer inspection, turns out to be a World Record for a 5k for that age! Awesome job Louis!
Lewis’s 5K progression over ‘the years’ (! hey, he’s 9 !) shows steady improvement from 21:11/5k set in April 2022 as he improved his times by a few seconds or a few 10s of seconds every few weeks. His performances outside of parkrun are also creditable and include XC and mile victories.
Asked what he thought by a local reporter, he said,
I’m on top of the world right now, It’s a huge deal to break a world record. [Robinett, via BBC]
If you delve deeper into the results, you will see that the age-graded performance is surprising as it comes in at 92.55% rather than 100%. I’m assuming that this is because the JM10 category will have a better time by a 10-year-old
The previous record record of 17:53/5k has stood since being set in October 2017 in California.
If you want some tips on how to get the best time you can at your parkrun next Saturday, try this mammoth list of tips ranging from super-scientifically serious to ‘dubious’, I indicate which ones should work and there are quite a few:
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