This is when Parkrun is set to resume in England after coronavirus suspension

National organisers of Parkrun have announced plans to bring back the weekly events by the end of October.

Tuesday, 8th September 2020, 11:19 am

Parkrun events around the world were suspended in March due to the coronavirus outbreak.

By the end of October, events will operate within Parkrun's government-approved Covid-19 framework although organisers say there will be minimal changes to its operating model.

Parkrun's chief executive Nick Pearson said: “Everything in life comes with a risk, and we know and accept that we cannot remove all risks from the parkrun environment.

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Parkrun to resume at the end of October

"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.”

Runners or walkers can take part in 5km events on Saturday mornings. Events are free and are run by volunteers.

Mr Pearson said they can ‘not commit’ to the same timeline for resuming events in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland due to the Covid-19 restrictions in place.

He added: “However, we are aware of the implications of only opening in England and are continuing our work to overcome the challenges that this presents.

"We are also as committed as ever to opening our events outside of England as soon as possible.”

An exact date for when the free Parkrun events will return in the North East and the rest of England has not yet been announced.

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