Read more › News - 15th June 2021

COVID-19 (Coronavirus) update 15 June

With the restart of 72 events in Poland, last weekend saw the most parkrun events take place globally since the pandemic began last March. Nearly 66,000 individuals participated at one of 768 events across eight countries.   Every event that restarts represents a huge step forward and should give all of us great reassurance and…

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Read more › News - 15th June 2021

The people that kept me going

Zara Pond and her Chippenham parkrun friends have found that (not)parkrunning has lightened the load of lockdown and strengthened their friendships.   Here’s their story.   We are eight friends who have continued to (not)parkrun every Saturday at 9am during lockdown. When lockdown happened we became the ‘Zuhause’ (not)parkrun group (zuhause is ‘at home’ in…

Read more › News - 14th June 2021

Statement in response to Roadmap announcement

Following the announcement this evening from the Prime Minister, confirming a delay to Step 4 of the Roadmap until Monday 19 July 2021, it is now our intention that 5k events in England will restart on Saturday 24 July.   A huge amount of work has been done in recent weeks to ensure we have…

Read more › News - 11th June 2021

UK update – 11 June

As we move through the reopening process for parkrun and junior parkrun, we are publishing a UK-specific update every Friday to keep ambassadors, event teams, parkrun communities, and landowners informed on our progress.    5k in England   Earlier today we made the announcement that we now have enough permissions in place for 5k events…

Read more › News - 11th June 2021

An open letter to landowners

Today we announced that 5k parkruns are now set to return across England. We also wrote a letter to all landowners who have given us permission, which you can read here.   Dear landowner,   Thank you to everyone who has supported the return of parkrun events across England.   With landowner permission for over…

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parkrun set to return in England

We are delighted to announce that more than 500 events have full landowner permission to return, which means we now have enough permissions to confirm a restart date for 5k parkrun in England on Saturday 26 June.   This is subject to the Government communication on Monday 14 June, after which we will make a…

Read more › News - 9th June 2021

Going for Gold: Running in honour of hockey hero Imran

In 1988 Steve Batchelor set up Imran Sherwani for the third goal as the Great Britain men’s hockey team beat West Germany 3-1 to win gold at the Seoul Olympics.   The goal led to one of the most famous pieces of sports commentary in British TV history as Barry Davies delivered the iconic line…

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A happy return to (not)parkrun

Having switched to cycling from running due to arthritis in his knee, Pete Sturgess has recently laced up his trainers once again and is delighted to be (not)parkrunning pain free!   In 1984, when I was at university, my housemates entered me for the Birmingham Half Marathon, without me knowing! I just managed to get…

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The smiles said it all

Rachel Gould and Sara Phipps are both delighted to be back volunteering at junior parkrun. Rachel has been recovering from Coronavirus, and Sara is on crutches following a bike accident, but they didn’t let that stop them.   Here they tell us their parkrun stories.   As Ambassadors for parkrun, we enjoy volunteering and meeting…

Read more › News - 8th June 2021

COVID-19 (Coronavirus) update 8 June

Last weekend we saw 700 events take place across seven countries, with more than 62,000 participants enjoying the magic of free, community-led, outdoor, social physical activity opportunities.   It is so encouraging to see these events welcomed back by local communities, and to see our COVID-19 Framework in action and working well. This COVID-specific framework…