The popular Parkrun meetings to return locally in October

PUBLISHED: 14:04 11 September 2020

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A mass participation event that gives pleasure to thousand across the country each weekend, is set to resume next month.

Parkrun is a massive success and has been suspended since the outbreak of Coronavirus and the subsequent lockdown.

However, Parkrun events are set to resume in England by the end of October.

Events will operate within Parkrun’s government-approved Covid-19 framework, and there has been some ‘minimal changes’ made to the general operating model.

Parkrun’s chief executive Nick Pearson said: “Parkrun is not able to commit to the same timeline across the other Home Nations, due to current restrictions across Wales, Scotland, and Northern Ireland.

“However, we are aware of the implications of only opening in England and are continuing our work to overcome the challenges that this presents,” he added.

The Parkrun movement was founded in Bushy Park, London in 2002 by Paul Sinton-Hewitt and is now in 22 countries.

Runners or walkers can take part in 5km events on Saturday mornings while 2km junior events take place on Sunday mornings. Events are free and are run by volunteers.

There are 729 different locations across the UK staging the weekly events and more than two million runners have taken part.

Pearson added: “Everything in life comes with a risk, and we know and accept that we cannot remove all risks from the Parkrun environment. However, it is also important to balance the public health benefits of reopening our events, against the associated public health risks.

“We now believe, having spent considerable time gathering and understanding the evidence, that the benefits to reopening Parkrun far outweigh the risks.”


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