News - 2nd July 2021

UK update – 2 July


As we move through the reopening process for parkrun and junior parkrun, we’re publishing a UK-specific update every Friday to keep ambassadors, event teams, parkrun communities, and landowners informed on our progress. 




5k events




With landowner permission now in place for 524 5k events, we will be restarting in England on Saturday 24 July.


An up-to-date list of English 5k parkrun events with landowner permission can be found here, and all those events should now be preparing to reopen in three weeks time.


Event teams and ambassadors have been working hard to ensure checklists are completed and volunteer rosters are being filled and we can’t wait to finally get back together at events across England at the end of this month.


Early next week we will be writing to all English 5k events, including those where their landowner is yet to provide permission, with further details.



Northern Ireland


It was a real joy to see 5k events return in Northern Ireland last Saturday, with 30 parkruns welcoming back their local community to walk, jog, run and volunteer together once more.


With the return of 5k parkrun in Northern Ireland, it also meant that, from last Sunday, children aged 11-14 were once again able to walk, jog and run at junior parkrun across Northern Ireland.


Almost all our 5k events are now open across Northern Ireland, to check the status of your parkrun event please see local event webpages and social media.





We are still working on the basis that Saturday 14 August is the most likely restart date for 5k events in Scotland. This is based on the recent announcement from the Scottish government that ‘beyond level 0’ is set to occur when all 40+ year olds in Scotland are fully vaccinated and likely to be 9 August.


We continue to work closely with Active Scotland to fully understand the recent announcements, and are progressing conversations with landowners and volunteer teams, such that when the time comes we are able to reopen at the first opportunity.





Wales is currently moving between Alert Level 1 and Alert Level 2, and whilst parkrun is considered to be a “regulated gathering”, which allows up to 4,000 participants, there remains a legal requirement to:


Keep your distance from other people who are not part of your household or extended household – stay 2 metres (3 steps) away from others when outdoors and in enclosed spaces outside the home setting”.


Although there appears some flexibility with regard to other mitigations where social distancing is not possible, we do not feel that the current Government guidance provides the level of clarity required in order to achieve sufficient landowner permission for our events to return. This is despite setting out the steps we have taken to minimise risk in our COVID Framework, and independent experts verifying the safety of our events.


With junior parkrun now returning across all four UK home nations, and our 5k events either reopen or scheduled to reopen across Northern Ireland, Scotland, and England, it is disappointing that we still cannot confirm a return date for our 5k events in Wales.


Please rest assured that we are working on this every day, with the support of Welsh Athletics, and hope that the details of Alert Level 1 will soon be published, and alongside that we will be able to target a reopening date.






junior parkrun


junior parkrun is now open across all of the UK, and it was wonderful to see over 12,000 children participate at 232 events last Sunday, supported by more than 4,700 volunteers.


If you’d like to get involved please do visit local event pages on the website, or check social media.




Thank you, as always, for your continued support.


Tom Williams

Chief Operating Officer

parkrun Global


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