After last-minute approvals from landowners, parkrun expects to return in two weeks' time
Edit: This article has been updated as, due to COVID-19 restrictions, parkrun will now return on 24 July.
We won’t lie – the whole Women’s Running team were pretty dejected at the beginning of the week with parkrun looking set for another delay to its return. So today’s news has us all jumping for joy – parkrun has announced that it has managed to secure enough approvals to start again on 24th July.
A last-minute change of heart from landowners (specifically local councils in larger cities) means that 500 of the 589 parkrun events will be allowed to run from 24th July.
“It has bee an incredible team effort, through what has undoubtedly been one of the most challenging times in park run’s 17-year history,” parkrun’s global chief operating officer, Tom Williams, told The Guardian. “We cannot wait to see local communities in England reunited on a Saturday morning, coming together again in fresh air, to be social together in the great outdoors.”
Thing are also looking good for the rest of Britain, too, with parkruns returning in Northern Ireland on 24th July as well. Organisers are hopeful that Scotland will have to wait just a couple more weeks, while discussions are ongoing about events in Wales.
While we’re already digging around for our barcodes, we’re also trying not to get too excited, just in case anything changes with the prime minister’s Monday announcement. “It may have an impact on our ability to reopen on 24th July,” says Tom. “However, we are celebrating today as we know that parkrun will return in England before too long, and we cannot wait to see the magic of parkrun enjoyed by hundreds of thousands of participants every week very soon.” Us neither.