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UK update – 28 May

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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

 

Last Friday, we sadly announced that we would need to delay the restart of 5k events in England, due to a lack of landowner permissions.

 

With more than three million people registered to parkrun in England, and 300,000 participants on a typical weekend, it simply isn’t safe or sensible for us to allow a small subset of events to resume.

 

Since then we have been working hard with our various stakeholders to improve the percentage to great success, and we remain positive for the new restart date of Saturday 26 June, a decision on which will be made on Friday 11 June.

 

5k in Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland

 

In other good news this week we are optimistic that 5k events will return in Northern Ireland on Saturday 26 June and Scotland will follow very soon after that.

 

We still have no indication when restrictions preventing the return of 5k parkrun in Wales will be lifted and continue to monitor the situation closely.

 

junior parkrun

 

Last weekend 177 junior parkrun events took place across the UK, with more than 11,000 children taking part, supported by nearly 4,000 fabulous volunteers. We also welcomed over a thousand people as walkers, joggers, runners and volunteers for the very first time too.

 

Our junior events remain temporarily for 4-10 year olds for now pending the resumption of 5k parkruns. You can read more about that here.

junior parkruns have now resumed in England, Northern Ireland and Wales, and we have high hopes that 2k events in Scotland will be able to join us from Sunday 20 June.

 

We are truly grateful to have the opportunity to demonstrate that there is a place for our communities to gather safely in parks and open spaces.

 

Thank you, as always, for your continued support.

 

Helen Hood
Head of UK Event Delivery
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