News - 21st May 2021

UK update – 21 May


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


We announced earlier this morning that, unfortunately, we have delayed the planned return of 5k events in England until 26 June.


Despite having permission to restart 250 events on 5 June, sadly this is not enough to confirm a safe return.


We are increasingly optimistic however that enough landowners will provide the permission we need for 26 June, and have been humbled by the support received this week from the UK Government, Mayor of London Sadiq Khan, and World Athletics President Sebastian Coe.


Whilst the delay is disappointing, we are incredibly grateful to all those landowners who have given us the green light to go ahead. We are in positive conversations with landowners for all other events where permission has not yet been forthcoming, and continue to work collaboratively with them to agree this new restart date.


5k in Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland


In Northern Ireland, we are hopeful that our 5k events may be able to return on Saturday 26 June, however work is ongoing in order to achieve clarity on that.


We are also working hard to get the clarification we need to confirm an intended restart date for 5k events in Scotland and Wales, but as things stand we anticipate being able to return 5k events in Scotland on 3 July and hope to confirm a date for events to return in Wales very soon.


junior parkrun


junior events continue to return across England and Wales and, as reported last week, we expect to be able to restart in Scotland from 20 June. We have now had confirmation that junior events can return straight away in Northern Ireland.


Although perhaps not moving as quickly as we would like, it is clear that right across the UK, we are very close to returning all parkrun events in 1,000 local communities. Delays are of course frustrating, but we remain positive and optimistic, and are incredibly grateful to all those who are doing everything they can to ensure the return of parkrun as soon as possible.


Thanks so much for your continued support.


Tom Williams

Chief Operating Officer

parkrun Global


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