This is the latest update on the future of popular Parkrun events
Parkrun events – which give thousands of people the opportunity to exercise together in green spaces – will remain suspended until at least the end of June, it has been confirmed.
All Parkruns around the world were suspended until further notice in March when the coronavirus crisis worsened.
Now Tom Williams, chief operating officer of overseeing body Parkrun Global, has said the suspension will last until late next month at the earliest.
“We can now confirm that events across the world will be suspended until the end of June,” he said.
“Please note that this represents a minimum time-frame for all countries and we expect most, if not all, closures to be in place for longer.”
He said his team's outlook was becoming ‘increasingly optimistic’ – but warned runners not to gather unofficially.
“There is now a definite and positive move towards relaxation of restrictions, and every week we get closer to the point where events will return to their communities,” he said.
“As lockdown restrictions start to lift across some territories in which we operate, we’d like to thank everyone for not going to their venues, at Parkrun time. Importantly, please do not organise group gatherings of any sort at your locations until such time as events have officially returned in your region.
He said restarting runs will be a ‘complex and sensitive process’. “When the decision is made to restart, all events in that region will be required to start. Any events remaining closed would significantly and unreasonably increase pressure on those that open.”
Parkrun began in 2004, when the first event was held at Bushy Park in London.
The free runs are organised by helpers and consist of a timed five kilometre route.
They take place every Saturday morning at over 1,400 locations in 22 countries across five continents.
In addition, Junior Parkrun is a spin-off event that provides a 2 kilometres run for children aged 4–14 weekly on a Sunday morning.
The events are popular across South Yorkshire, Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire.
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