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News - 21st July 2021

parkrun across the UK


With 5k parkruns returning across England this week, we take a look at the situation for the whole of the UK, as well as some handy tips for when it’s time for you to come back to parkrun wherever you are, whenever you’re ready.


This coming Saturday morning, 5k parkrun events will return to more than 500 parks and open spaces across England. And on Sunday, 11-14 year olds can rejoin junior parkrun alongside 4-10 year olds, as officially recognised walkers, joggers and runners.




A full list of all the 5k parkruns with permission to restart can be found here. Please do check individual event’s web pages and social media for information on local closures.


The restart of 5k events in England marks a huge step forward for parkrun’s return to normality, with a large percentage of our events taking place there. But there’s huge progress across the rest of the home nations too.


parkrun has been fully up and running in Northern Ireland since Saturday 26 June, when 29 5k events welcomed back more than 4,000 walkers, joggers and runners, supported by almost 500 volunteers. You can read more about this special weekend here.




Meanwhile we’re working towards Saturday 14 August as a restart date for 5k events in both Wales and Scotland, at which time we’ll also welcome back 11-14 year olds as finishers at junior events in those locations on the following Sunday, 15 August. Please do keep an eye out for further information and confirmation on our channels nearer the time.


junior parkrun (with the temporary 4-10 year old age restriction) continues to resume across the UK, starting with England back in April, and is now taking place at locations across the whole of the UK.


More than 10,000 juniors took part last weekend, across 250 different locations, with 998 people joining us for the very first time, supported by over 5,000 volunteers.


Please check local event pages and social media if you’d like to get involved in any of our events. The teams would love to welcome you. A reminder that all of our events are now app only for timekeeping and barcode scanning, so if you’re volunteering please do download the Virtual Volunteer app. Everything you need to know about that is here.




(not)parkrun is also continuing with 1.5 million walks, jogs and runs logged around the world by almost 100,000 different people. There are also more than 10,000 people who have logged a (not)parkrun that are yet to attend an event, and we can’t wait to welcome them along to their very first parkrun when the time is right.


You can log your (not)parkruns by signing in to your profile here. Your profile is also where you can reprint your barcode, see all your parkrun results, and update your details.




If you need a reminder of the parkrun magic, or a refresher on any aspect of the event day, we’ve got it all in one handy blog here. We’ve also sent out some useful information to the parkrun community, which you can read here.


Happy parkrunning!




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