Why is it that every company that starts with a good business model ends up corrupting it for the sake of ££££.
When I started a running club at work and people got a bit more serious about running I always pointed them in the direction of Sweatshop as they were trustworthy and, whilst expensive, they were pretty good.
Now I wouldn't trust them with a bargepole, last time I went in their shop the assistant came out with a load of rubbish about insoles before even asking me about my running.
I also understand they are not now a good company to work for with very long hours and a requirement to take runs out of hours. (Is this true?)
UK Athletics have clear rules on how far an U9 should be competing in and it's well under 5000m.
Parkrun is a murky world when it comes to what is basically very young kids running and I'm sure when a kid drops dead (unfortunately almost statistical certainty in the next 5 years) all hell is going to break loose.
They are trying to have a caveat
"(UK Athletics) say children under the age of 11 should not take part in open competition of 5,000m distance. However, provided these children are not put under any undue pressure to perform by teachers, coaches, parents or guardians they may take part for fun. Children aged 10 and younger must be accompanied throughout the run by a parent or guardian.”
However you can't disclaim away your responsibilities; and I'm sure you run alongside your child