It is now eight weeks since we first closed all parkrun events across the world, and we know that parkrunners everywhere, alongside their local communities, are facing their own unique challenges, and would love to enjoy parkrun again.
Please know that we are thinking of you all right now and remain fully committed that no-one will be forgotten as and when we reopen.
We also know that some of you will be wondering how parkrun can ever return, at least until there is some kind of vaccine or treatment available. Whilst we cannot predict the future or make any promises, we do feel that an opportunity to reopen, in an appropriate and safe manner, may arise earlier than that.
And whilst the precise timing of that moment is beyond our control, our commitment to the parkrun family is that we will continue developing our understanding such that we are able to make the right decisions at the right time.
As part of that work, I’m pleased to let you know that, at the time of writing, we have now spoken directly to 908 event teams and ambassadors, representing all 22 parkrun countries. Whilst the opportunity to speak to us in person is always open to our volunteers, we will close this formal consultation on Sunday 17 May, so that we can carefully review and reflect on those calls.
If you are an Event Director or Ambassador and would still like to schedule a call (or have changed your mind since previously declining) please do get in touch.
Thank you all for your continued trust, support, and patience.
We will get through this, together.
Chief Operating Officer
Martin Smyth is a parkrunner at both Malahide and Poppintree parkrun, Co. Dublin. At 86 years old, Martin has incredibly completed over 200 parkruns! He first got involved with parkrun after reading about it in the Irish Runner Magazine in 2013 and decided to give it a go. For Martin, parkrun is a great incentive to…
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