News - 16th July 2021

UK update – 16 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 one week to go until 5k events return in England, we’re working closely with ambassadors and event teams to ensure everything is in place for a smooth reopening.


An up-to-date list of 5k parkrun events with landowner permission can be found here, and the vast majority of those events are now preparing to reopen on Saturday 24 July. Please check local event pages for cancellations.


Where events do not currently have permission to reopen, we continue to work with event teams and landowners to support a reopening wherever possible.


Northern Ireland


Following the return of 5k events on Saturday 26 June, parkrun is now fully back up and running in Northern Ireland, including junior parkrun where, with the restart of 5k events, 11-14 year olds are now able to walk, jog, and run at the 2k events once more.


To check the status of your parkrun event please see local event webpages and social media.


Scotland and Wales


Further to announcements this week from the Scottish and Welsh governments, we are now actively working towards returning 5k events in both Scotland and Wales on Saturday 14 August.


We are in the process of writing to landowners to confirm permission for events restarting on this date, and will continue to work closely with ambassadors and event teams in order to do our very best to make it happen.




junior parkrun


junior parkrun is now open across all of the UK, and we remain committed to welcoming back 11-14 year olds at all junior events at the same time as 5k events return in each country.


With 5k events returning in England on 24 July, 11-14 year olds will be able to walk, jog and run at junior events in England on Sunday 25 July, and likewise should 5k events restart in Scotland and Wales on Saturday 14 August, as we anticipate, 11-14 year olds will be able to walk, jog and run at junior events from Sunday 15 August.


It was fantastic to see over 13,000 children participate at 243 events across the UK last Sunday, supported by nearly 5,000 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.


Helen Hood

Head of Event Delivery

parkrun UK

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