Parkrun: Boy, 9, sets new 5K world record in Poole

He added: “I couldn’t have done it without the support of my family and the team at Poole Runners.”

During the 5K run Louis was accompanied by Dion Garner from his running club as children under 11 have to run at the event within arm’s reach of an adult.

He said it was “an absolute pleasure to run alongside Louis”.

“His natural talent, combined with his dedication and spirit, is mind-blowing. He’s not just a star in the making – he’s a star right now,” he said.

Also praising his achievement his running club said: “With his new world record, Louis has raised the bar for young athletes everywhere.

“This isn’t just a win for Louis, it’s a new benchmark for youth sports, inspiring children all over the world to aim higher.”

Run by volunteers the free Poole Parkrun takes place every Saturday at Poole Park at 09:00 and sees about 800 runners of all ages take part.

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