parkrun has published plan for its return

Ben Hobson
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Photo credit: Phil Walter - Getty Images
Photo credit: Phil Walter - Getty Images

From Runner's World

  • Junior parkrun events across England will be able to return from Sunday 11 April 2021.

  • All 5k parkrun events across England will return on Saturday 5 June 2021.

Following the publishing of the government's plan for the easing of lockdown restrictions, parkrun have published its own roadmap for the return of parkrun and junior parkrun events in England.

In a statement on the parkrun site, chief executive Nick Pearson said, "Bringing back parkrun events is a huge step for so many of us toward the return of normal life. Of course nothing is guaranteed and there is still, understandably, some uncertainty and trepidation within the community. But working towards these dates gives us all hope."

The return of parkrun comes with a few changes to the running of the events, in particular, junior parkrun will be limited to the ages 4-10 to help control numbers and remove the negative impact that older, more competitive children might have on the very young.

As Pearson states, "the 5k events could technically return from Saturday 4 April. However, due to the other national restrictions in place, the expected level of infection at that time, and a number of our 5k events regularly exceeding 1,000 participants, we do not believe it would be appropriate for them to return this early."

This means that all 5k parkrun events across England will return on Saturday 5 June, all things going to plan.

There are 729 parkrun events all over the UK.

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