News - 16th April 2021

Restarting in England – weekly update 16 April

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As part of our plans to restart parkrun and junior parkrun across England, we are publishing a UK-specific update every Friday to keep ambassadors, event teams, parkrun communities, and landowners informed on the progress we are making towards events restarting. 


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It was fantastic to see 48 junior events taking place across England on Sunday. More than 4,000 children aged 4 to 10 took part, with over 1,000 joining us for the very first time, and some 1,100 volunteers helping to make the magic happen.


This weekend a further 28 junior parkrun events will reopen in England.


If you are planning to go along please do check your local event’s website and social media, and read the latest COVID-19 information regarding junior events here.




We continue to plan for the return of 5k events in England on Saturday 5 June and ask teams once again not to contact landowners directly for permission please.


We are in the final stages of confirming that the landowner details we have on record are up to date so that we can manage those permissions centrally, a strategy that has been highly effective for junior events.


As we prepare for our return we’d ask 5k teams to keep an eye on their inboxes and respond to any requests from us please.



Our work continues towards the return of both 5k and junior events across the other home nations.


It really does feel like we have made a huge step towards reuniting our parkrun communities across the UK.


Thank you, as always, for being part of it.


Helen Hood

Head of Event Delivery

parkrun UK


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