Parkrun events scheduled to return in England from June 26
Parkrun events could return in England from June 26, the organisation has said.
The free 5k Saturday morning event was due to restart on Saturday June 5, however parkrun said only about 250 of the 589 venues which had previously hosted the weekly run had given permission for the event to return.
But the organisation said on Friday that more than 500 events have “full landowner permission to return” before the end of the month.
A statement read: “There is now a strong consensus from landowners and public health officials, right across the country, that the return of parkrun – a free-to-access public health initiative – is vital as we look to improve our physical and mental health in the wake of the Coronavirus pandemic.”
Parkrun said that as of Thursday morning, 100,000 runners in the North East were registered to an event without permission, but by Friday afternoon, the number was just 8,000.
It added: “Following a careful review of the information available, we now have a high degree of confidence that, when events do return, they will be safe, enjoyable, and accessible for all those who wish to take part in social, outdoor, physical activity, with their local community.
“For the remainder of events where we don’t yet have permission in place, we remain committed to doing everything we can to work with local event teams and landowners to see if we can secure the permission needed for their return.”
However, the organisers said the decision was subject to any changes in the road map announced by Boris Johnson on Monday.
We cannot wait to see local communities in England reunited on a Saturday morning, coming together again in the fresh air, to be social together in the great outdoors
Chief operating officer Tom Williams said: “We are absolutely delighted to be able to confirm today that we have enough landowner permissions to safely return our 5k parkrun events across England as planned on Saturday 26 June.
“This is, of course, subject to any changes in the road map announced by the Prime Minister on Monday 14 June.
“We’d like to take a moment to thank everyone who has worked tirelessly with us to make this happen; landowners, directors of public health, the UK Government, parliamentarians from across the political spectrum, the Local Government Association, Sport England, mayors, press and media, public figures, parkrun volunteers, and the wider parkrun community.
“It has been an incredible team effort, through what has undoubtedly been one of the most challenging times in parkrun’s 17-year history.
“We cannot wait to see local communities in England reunited on a Saturday morning, coming together again in the fresh air, to be social together in the great outdoors.”
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