Youngest Odia to run a Parkrun

Youngest Odia to run a Parkrun

Sunayana Subarna Nanda

Sunaya (age 6), as she known as, is an avid parkrunner with 58 junior ‘2km’ parkrun and 10 standard ‘5km’ parkrun to her credit before the worldwide parkrun event cancellation in March 2020. 

She attempted a 5km parkrun on 7th Oct 2017, the Saturday after her 4th birthday but stopped after jogging two of the three laps at Rickmansworth parkrun.  She tried again the week after to record her first successful 5km parkrun in about 50 odd minutes and became one of the youngest person to have completed a 5k parkrun!

Encouraged by the successful record, she came back the day after to run her first 2k at Leavesden junior parkrun. The slippery sticky mud and wet grass didn’t deter her, as she touched the finish line in 17:08 minutes. 

This was the beginning of her 2+ years of parkrunning. She continued her parkrun quest to join the milestone clubs of half-marathon, marathon and ultra-marathon.

Year Best Time Age Grading
2017 00:17:08 46.69%
2018 00:13:54 53.17%
2019 00:11:37 60.86%
2020 00:11:57 59.16%



Though 5km parkrun was little too tiring for the little legs she carried on to run 10 of those and earned her first milestone t-shirt. 

Year Best Time Age Grading
2017 00:58:00 35.63%
2018 NA NA
2019 00:38:10 53.49%
2020 00:32:09 60.76%



Sunaya is a happy runner. She runs with a smile on her face and loves running in Dad’s company.

Apart from parkruns, she has couple of popular runs in her belt:

  • London Westminster mile run was her first organised race which earned her first running medal. She ran this last mile of the London marathon course with family in a very quick 10 minutes.
  • St Alban’s fun run is where she earned her first tshirt which she wears to most of her running events. 

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