It’s been another week of significant progress for the parkrun family around the world.
Last Saturday saw more than 12,400 people walk, jog, run or volunteer at 117 events across five parkrun countries. There were also almost 600 first timers, and we’d particularly like to extend a warm welcome to those taking what might be their first steps into physical activity with us.
This coming Saturday will also see parkrun return in Queensland, which is a return of another 108 events, and should see us break through 200 events on a single Saturday for the first time since parkrun events were paused.
Looking further ahead, and following Australian state government updates in the past few days, we anticipate a return for events in South Australia on 5 December. And in further good news, we’re expecting to welcome back a number of events in Russia the weekend after that, on 12 December, in areas where current restrictions allow.
It was exciting to receive positive news in the UK yesterday that grassroots sport will return as part of the easing of lockdown restrictions. We continue to explore what that means for parkrun and we look forward to working with all of our stakeholders, event teams and ambassadors to facilitate a return when the time is right.
Where events are returning, we see participation at levels representative of pre-lockdown times, and events are operating safely and efficiently within our COVID-19 Framework.
Most importantly though, please remember that we are here for everyone, regardless of whether or not their local event is currently paused.
Our online community is always active on social media, or why not join the 79,000 (not)parkrunners across the globe who have now logged more than 660,000 (not)parkruns.
We’re in 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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