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News - 4th June 2021

UK update – 4 June

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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

 

We continue to make progress with regards to achieving landowner permissions for our 5k events to return in England on Saturday 26 June. However, in order for them to restart safely, we need somewhere in the region of 90% of landowners to provide that permission.

Across England we have 587 events (including those on custodial sites), of which 434 (74%) have permission to return as of this morning. A full list of events where permission has been granted can be found here.

 

All of our events are delivered locally by volunteers, and we must give those volunteers sufficient notice to plan their time. Therefore, on Friday 11 June, as promised, we will confirm whether we have reached the critical mass of permissions needed to safely restart. Reopening will also need to take into account any changes to the government’s planned easing of restrictions, and so will be contingent on the UK government announcement on Monday 14 June.

 

As always, we will give you further clarity when we know it, and in our commitment to transparency we have published a developing list of FAQs, addressing common questions coming in ahead of and around our restart.

 

5k in Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland

 

Not just in the UK, but across the world, restrictions are easing and normality is gradually returning. Out of around 2,200 parkrun events globally, and including the 800 already open plus the 434 mentioned above, we now have permission for well over 50% of our events to return. And the situations across Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland are also moving in a positive direction.

 

In Northern Ireland we are targeting a return on Saturday 26 June, however there is some work to be done before we can confirm that, something we aim to do in next Friday’s announcement.

 

In Scotland, Level 0 provides the first possible opportunity for our 5k events to return, which would suggest early July. We are working with members of the Scottish Government to fully understand the implications of the guidance for our larger events, and also with different parts of the country at different levels we’re not quite in a position to confirm a timeline just yet.

 

In really positive news, yesterday evening the Welsh Government announced an increase in participant limits, for events like parkrun, from 50 to 4,000, which has huge implications for us. The detail behind the headlines is critical, and we are working closely with our friends at Welsh Athletics to gain further clarity where needed.

 

junior parkrun

 

We now have junior parkrun events open across Wales, Northern Ireland, and England, and this last Sunday we welcomed over 9,000 children across 186 junior parkrun UK events, supported by almost 4,000 volunteers. With more junior events reopening every week we’re seeing great progress and there is much to be positive about.

 

We also have a number of Scottish junior parkrun events scheduled to return from Sunday 20 June, at which point junior parkrun will then be open across all four nations of the United Kingdom.

 

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Thank you, as always, for your continued support.

 

Tom Williams

Chief Operating Officer

parkrun Global

 

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