In a statement on the parkrun site, Nick Pearson, the organisation’s global CEO, announced the intention to reopen parkrun and junior parkrun events in England towards the end of October (there is as yet no timeline for the return of events in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, because of Covid-19 restrictions).
The statement includes details on how parkrun has been working closely with the government and UK Athletics, as well as the findings of a report it commissioned from Canterbury Christ Church University, led by Professor Mike Weed to determine whether or not it is safe for events to return. The report concluded that ‘with appropriate evidence-based mitigations in place, it is possible to deliver outdoor events and activities across a range of sectors, and of varying sizes and formats, in a way that does not significantly increase risk of Covid-19 transmission.’
This will be welcome news to many who used parkrun as not only a chance to run, but also as a time to connect with other runners. As Pearson says, ‘We’ve long understood that human beings have an innate need to be with one another. To talk, to laugh, to support, to share experiences. This is a watershed moment; parkrun will return. We will be back together again.’
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