Parkrun return postponed

25 Sep 2020

By: Sport Industry Group

The return of Parkrun, originally scheduled for the start of October, has been postponed after senior leadership decided that it would be ‘insensitive’ to restart amid the current climate.

Parkrun is exempt from the Government’s rules on social distancing as an outdoor sporting activity, however CEO Nick Pearson confirmed that ‘it would be insensitive to push forward with reopening.’

He went on to describe how the organisation believes there is ‘little or nominal risk of Covid-19 transmission’ but that it would be irresponsible to go against wider Government guidelines.

Over 700 locations across the UK are currently without a weekly Parkrun, which has been suspended since March.

"Whilst we reluctantly accept this reality, Parkrun's absence will come at a cost," added Pearson.

"As we head into winter and face the many associated seasonal health issues (both in terms of Covid-19 and other mental and physical illnesses), we believe Parkrun has an incredibly important role to play in supporting public health."