With the reopening of events in the Australian Capital Territory (ACT), Guernsey and the Isle of Man last weekend, we saw 103 events and over 10,000 participants at parkruns across four countries. It’s also worth noting that it took us six-and-a-half years to reach this milestone in April 2011, a feat that we’ve achieved in just five weeks since events returned (second time around) in New Zealand.
And there’s more good news on the horizon: Namibia is set to reopen on Saturday 14 November, with events in South Australia returning a week after on 21 November.
These are positive steps that we should all celebrate. Slowly, things are returning to normal in many places around the world, and we are bringing back parkrun events as quickly as we can where restrictions and permissions allow.
We do recognise however that the news isn’t positive everywhere. The announcement earlier today that Great Run Local in the UK has closed is a reminder that, sadly, the longer this goes on, the more we risk losing opportunities for structured, physical activity and all of the benefits it brings.
Importantly, we continue to call for the decisions that are made to consider all available evidence, particularly around outdoor transmission of COVID-19. It is vital that if we make decisions to prevent or remove opportunities for communities to be physically active and social, the cost of doing so must be weighed against the risks of these activities going ahead.
Finally, for those of you facing the prospect of an extended period without parkrun, please know that we are here for you too. Although we may not be able to hold physical events and meet in the normal way, our digital channels remain open and (not)parkrun continues to bring communities together virtually.
Thanks for your continued support
Chief Operating Officer
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