Parkrun will return in England by the end of October, say organisers
Since parkrun events were suspended worldwide back in March due to the coronavirus pandemic, there’s been a 5k-shaped hole in our Saturday mornings. But, after a six-month hiatus, it seems parkrun is coming back sooner than we thought, as organisers announced last night that the weekly event is set to make its return in England by the end of October.
The 5K event will resume in compliance with the UK government’s coronavirus restrictions, though event organisers explained that this will result in ‘minimal changes’ to their usual operating model.
Despite the event being hugely popular all over the UK, with 729 locations across Britain and over 2 million participants in the weekly run, there’s no indication as to when parkrun will return to Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland as of yet.
Parkrun’s chief executive Nick Pearson said they “are not able to commit to the same timeline across the other Home Nations”, but that they were “aware of the implications of only opening in England and are continuing our work to overcome the challenges that this presents”.
He added: “Everything in life comes with a risk, and we know and accept that we cannot remove all risks from the parkrun environment. However, it is also important to balance the public health benefits of reopening our events, against the associated public health risks.
“We now believe, having spent considerable time gathering and understanding the evidence, that the benefits to reopening parkrun far outweigh the risks.”