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 to return on Saturday 26 June as planned.


We know that, on Monday, the Prime Minister will be confirming the details and timing of Step 4, and that his announcement may have a material impact on our ability to reopen. However, we are celebrating today, as we now know that parkrun will return in England before too long, and we cannot wait to welcome everyone back.


We are maintaining a list of events with landowner permission here. Where events do not yet have permission, we will be continuing our work with landowners through next week and it remains possible for those parkruns to reopen on the same timeline.


Once we understand any implications from the government’s announcement on Monday, we will provide an update on our position.


5k in Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland


In further positive news, and also with permissions in place, we can now confirm that 5k events are set to return in Northern Ireland on Saturday 26 June.


In Scotland, we are still working towards Level 0 as the first opportunity for our 5k events to return, and we believe that this is likely to be in early July. We are working with members of the Scottish Government to fully understand the implications of the published 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.


Further to the positive news last week that the Welsh Government announced an increase in participant limits, for events like parkrun, from 50 to 4,000, we have been working hard to understand the specific detail, and whether or not we are in a position to be able to return. At the moment, a lack of clarity around social distancing requirements means we’re unable to make a decision on a return date just yet.


We will continue to work on getting the clarification we need, and will provide a further update next week.


junior parkrun


We now have junior parkrun events open across Wales, Northern Ireland, and England, and this last Sunday we welcomed more than 10,000 children across 208 junior parkrun UK events, supported by over 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.




Thank you, as always, for your continued support.


Tom Williams

Chief Operating Officer

parkrun Global


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