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Restarting parkrun in England: 5 June 2021!

Restarting parkrun in England 5 June 2021

Following the publication of the Government’s roadmap for exiting lockdown, Parkrun are excited to share our plans to restart both junior and 5k parkrun events across England.

In line with the latest guidance on the lifting of restrictions across England, and operating within parkrun already approved COVID-19 framework, we currently expect that:

  • junior parkrun events across England will be able to return from Sunday 11 April 2021.
  • all 5k parkrun events across England will return on Saturday 5 June 2021.

It’s important to note that the roadmap presented on Monday applies to England only and whilst we are excited to begin working towards returning events over the coming months, we are not forgetting about our other UK communities in Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales. As things stand we are unable to pinpoint a date for returning either junior or 5k parkrun across these three devolved nations, but we continue to work closely with relevant authorities and stakeholders to understand when it may be appropriate.

In the following update we’ve tried to be open and transparent; to provide event teams, landowners and participants with as much of the detail and rationale as possible that sits behind the decisions we are now able to communicate. There will undoubtedly be questions that we haven’t answered here. But over the coming weeks and as we work towards reopening, we will be providing numerous opportunities for people to get in touch, to ask questions, and to guide our communities through the process of restarting parkrun events in England.

As a registered charity, with legally-binding objects, we have an obligation to support the reopening of our events as soon as it is appropriate to do so. However, there are significant differences between our junior and 5k series.

Junior parkrun

We are particularly pleased to see the prioritisation of children’s sport and activity in the roadmap, and due to the smaller number of participants and relative lack of tourism, we are comfortable supporting a phased return of junior events, helping teams to reopen when they are ready to do so.

The published roadmap for England states that, “from 29 March, formally organised outdoor sports – for adults and under 18s – can restart and will not be subject to gathering limits, but should be compliant with guidance issued by national governing bodies.

With 4 April being Easter Sunday it would seem sensible to delay a further week to the 11th.

Our expectation therefore is that junior parkrun events across England will be able to return, from Sunday 11 April.

This provides six clear weeks between an announcement this Friday and first events returning, and so from Monday next week we will be working through the same reopening process that we started in December last year.

As communicated last year, in the absence of our 5k events, we will be reopening our junior parkrun series for children aged 4-10 only. We have thought long and hard about this temporary restriction over the last six months, and for the following reasons believe that it is the only appropriate way to reopen junior parkrun at this time:

  • In the absence of 5k parkrun events, the number of registered children eligible for junior parkrun (aged 4-14) would effectively double, from roughly 300,000 to 600,000.
  • By temporarily limiting our age categories to 4-10-year-olds only, we would be reducing the number of registered and eligible parkrunners by around 50%, bringing it back to a figure (around 300,000) similar to those previously registered to junior parkrun.
  • Whilst we know that not all older children would attend a junior parkrun event, it is likely that a significant number would, with a high proportion of older, faster, and more competitive children coming over from our 5k events, likely to negatively impact the youngest participants.
  • In the absence of being able to limit or cap event participation in any other way, this change allows us to mitigate the risks associated with junior parkrun events doubling in attendance ‘overnight’.
  • From the conversations and discussions we have had so far with third parties, we also believe that local stakeholders will be significantly more comfortable giving permission for events targeted at primary-school-age children.

Importantly, we are committed to this change being temporary, and as soon as 5k events return, 11-14 year olds will be welcomed back to junior parkrun. In the interim period, we will strongly encourage parkrunners aged 11-14 to volunteer, spectate, or accompany younger siblings as they take their first parkrun steps.

 

5k parkrun 

Excitingly, for the first time in six months, we now see a realistic timeframe for the return of 5k events in England.

Unlike junior parkrun, which can return in phases, our 5k events need to all come back at the same time, with the definition of ‘all’ probably being something north of 90%. This is due to the relatively large attendances, and significant opportunity for tourism, meaning that if only a subset of 5k events opened they would very likely be overwhelmed with unmanageable levels of attendance.

Based on the published guidance, our 5k events could technically return from Saturday 4 April. However, due to the other national restrictions in place, the expected level of infection at that time, and a number of our 5k events regularly exceeding 1,000 participants, we do not believe it would be appropriate for them to return this early.

Our experience from the autumn also demonstrated that in the absence of other, similar, events taking place, it is difficult to generate the level of support and permissions required to return. We therefore don’t think it would be fair or appropriate to attempt to return too early.

With all the available information, we have determined that Step 3 presents the most realistic time for our 5k events to reopen, particularly when consideration is made to the significant number of external stakeholders whose support we also need. At this stage, and with the return of other large gatherings at both indoor and outdoor events, we expect there will be a much greater confidence in, and support for 5k parkrun events returning.

Our expectation therefore is that all 5k parkrun events across England will return on Saturday 5 June.

What next?

Event teams: For the moment, please don’t do anything. We will be in touch shortly regarding the processes for reopening, and will aim to prioritise junior events in the short term.

Landowners: We know it’s been challenging for everyone over the last 12 months, and so please be reassured that we will not just assume our events can simply turn up on 5 June. Over the coming weeks we will be in touch with all of you with the aim of renewing permissions prior to reopening.

Everyone else: Whilst we’re pretty experienced in starting and supporting the delivery of free, weekly, timed, 5k and 2k events around the world, this project entails reopening almost 900 different events, impacting over three-million registered parkrunners. We’ve never done that in 14 weeks before, and will be learning as we go, so please do be patient.

Over the coming weeks we plan to hold a number of Q&A sessions through our social channels, and we will continue to provide updates via our blog and weekly newsletters.

If you have any questions please do get in touch with parkrun here.

parkrun Global

You can listen to a further discussion regarding parkrun’s return in England, with our Chief Operating Officer Tom Williams, on the Free Weekly Timed podcast here.

original article: https://blog.parkrun.com

Parkrun – London List

 

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Evidence on the reach and impact of parkrun!

Evidence on the reach and impact of parkrun

Evidence on the reach and impact of parkrun

original article by  blog.parkrun.com

A team of academics reviewed existing research highlighting that parkrun participants show improvements in, among other things, fitness, total physical activity, and mood.

Here, one of the researchers, Dr Anne Grunseit from the Prevention Research Collaboration at the Sydney School of Public Health, University of Sydney, talks us through the findings.

parkrun is unique among interventions for increasing physical activity – few have enjoyed the international popularity that parkrun has, or have lasted so long. By contrast, scientific research on parkrun is limited. We have just published a review of the existing research and found 15 studies (from 2004 to December 2019) which have looked specifically at parkrun and parkrunners, including around the health and wellbeing impact of participation in these events. There were 12 studies from the UK and three from Australia.

The research highlights that parkrun participants show improvements in, among other things, fitness, total physical activity, and mood (stress, anxiety and depression). Most encouraging is that the positive effects are largest for those who are less active when they registered with parkrun, and that there is a dose response: that is, the more frequently someone participates in parkrun events, the bigger the positive impact.

The emphasis on participation rather than competition and its social nature are thought to drive parkrun’s appeal to traditionally underrepresented groups in sport and physical activity, such as women or those who are less active.

According to the research we reviewed, parkrun’s appeal seems to come from the sense of achievement, physical movement, being in pleasant surroundings and the opportunity for social interaction. The volunteering aspect of parkrun gives people the opportunity to participate even if they do not run or walk the 5k. parkrun also gives people who do not normally think of themselves as runners, a new and unifying identity – that of being a parkrunner – which connects them to a community based around being active.

Our study concludes that the evidence of the positive effect of parkrun participation is promising, but that there is still room for increasing scientific understanding about parkrun, its implementation and its impacts. Researchers could, for example, undertake studies in a wider range of parkrun territories, build insight about those who register for parkrun but don’t actually participate or look more closely at how parkrun can be made even more inclusive, for example for those with health conditions and disabilities or people from deprived communities.

There is such potential to learn so much more from this unique phenomenon, and, as researchers, we look forward to contributing to the development of this understanding.

Dr Anne Grunseit

 

Parkrun – London List

Quick link to the London Parkrun List

Parkrun is the UK’s most successful provider of free physical activity, and has more than one million registered participants. There are 360 5k events across the UK and more than 70 junior parkrun events (2k for 4-14 year olds). Every week we welcome about 75,000 people and 8,000 volunteers to our events.

All UK  Parkrun events  Link here: http://bit.ly/2A2yYCi

We have many VI participants, as runners, joggers, walkers and volunteers. However, we are keen to encourage more VI people and their families to take part.take place in the same location at the same time each week. This enables people to develop familiarity with the course and also the other participants (who generally attend most weeks) 

We believe that the events are accessible for those that are VI because they: 

  • have a strong sense of community spirit and mutual support and encouragement
  • are not races, and hence non-intimidating
  • allow dogs (including guide dogs)
  • do not require special equipment


We also have a large number of parkrunners who are trained and willing to be running guides.We are incredibly keen to welcome the VI community to parkrun.

London ParkRun List

  1.    Ally Pally
  2.    Barking
  3.    Beckton
  4.    Bedfont Lakes
  5.    Bexley
  6.    Brockwell
  7.    Bromley
  8.    Burgess
  9.    Bushy Park
  10.    CranePark
  11.    Crystal Palace
  12.    Dulwich
  13.    Finsbury Park
  14.    Fulham Palace
  15.    Gladstone
  16.    Greenwich
  17.    Grovelands
  18.    Gunnersbury
  19.    Gunpowder
  20.    Hackney Marshes
  21.    Hampstead Heath
  22.    Harrow
  23.    Harrow Lodge
  24.    Highbury Fields
  25.    Hilly Fields
  26.    Kingston
  27.    Lloyd
  28.    Mile End
  29.    Nonsuch
  30.    Northala Fields
  31.    Oak Hill
  32.    Old Deer Park
  33.    Orpington
  34.    Osterley
  35.    Peckham Rye
  36.    Pymmes
  37.    Raphael
  38.    Richmond Park
  39.    Riddlesdown
  40.    Roundshaw Downs
  41.    South Oxhey
  42.    Southwark
  43.    Valentines
  44.    Walthamstow
  45.    Wanstead Flats
  46.    Wimbledon Common
  47.    Wormwood Scrubs

If you find the London Parkrun List useful,  please feel free to share below.

To take part all you need to do is register on www.parkrun.org.uk and head down to your local event. If you would feel more comfortable contacting someone beforehand, and perhaps arranging for someone to act as a guide or helping hand,

please email the Event Director whose contact details are on the individual event’s website.

 

International women’s day parkruns!

international womens day parkrun on 7 March

This Girl Can teams up with parkrun to celebrate International Women’s Day

International Women’s Day parkrun is all about celebrating female participation and we would love to welcome as many women and girls as possible to parkrun on Saturday 7 March.

In England #IWDparkrun will be supported by This Girl Can, a campaign created by our partner Sport England.

Women and girls are being encouraged to celebrate International Women’s Day by joining their local parkrun.

On Saturday 7 March, This Girl Can is teaming up with parkrun to put on hundreds of events across the UK to inspire and attract women.

On the day, aim to arrive 15-20 minutes before the start. parkruns start at 9:00 am in England & Wales, and at 9:30 am in Scotland & Northern Ireland.

So, this International Women’s Day parkruns across the UK will be showing their support with female volunteer teams, a brief for all newcomers, selfie frames and a suggested purple dress code.

Those already park running are encouraged to bring a female friend, colleague or family member along, and everyone is invited to join the celebration online at #IWDparkrun and #ThisGirlCan.

A dedicated page is live on the parkrun website to find out more about your local International Women’s Day parkrun, as well as information to help those taking part for the first time.

Find you nearest international women’s day parkrun

Find your nearest participating event using the map, locations in the link above with a This Girl Can logo have let us know that they will be hosting a special #IWDparkrun. Regardless of whether your local event is hosting an #IWDparkrun or not, every single parkrun event will welcome you with open arms. Click on any event to find out more information. You can see where to meet, a description of the course, facilities, and specific event team contact details if you’ve got any queries ahead of the day.

All you need to do is register here, then just turn up on the day with your printed barcode.

Read our blog to find out about how parkrun works and what to expect.

 

 

 

International women’s day parkruns!

international womens day parkrun on 7 March
Venue:
Various - find the nearest parkrun
Time:
9.00 am - Various
Phone:
Date:
07th March 2020
Cost:
Free
Contact:


This Girl Can teams up with parkrun to celebrate International Women’s Day

International Women’s Day parkrun is all about celebrating female participation and we would love to welcome as many women and girls as possible to parkrun on Saturday 7 March.

In England #IWDparkrun will be supported by This Girl Can, a campaign created by our partner Sport England.

Women and girls are being encouraged to celebrate International Women’s Day by joining their local parkrun.

On Saturday 7 March, This Girl Can is teaming up with parkrun to put on hundreds of events across the UK to inspire and attract women.

On the day, aim to arrive 15-20 minutes before the start. parkruns start at 9:00 am in England & Wales, and at 9:30 am in Scotland & Northern Ireland.

So, this International Women’s Day parkruns across the UK will be showing their support with female volunteer teams, a brief for all newcomers, selfie frames and a suggested purple dress code.

Those already park running are encouraged to bring a female friend, colleague or family member along, and everyone is invited to join the celebration online at #IWDparkrun and #ThisGirlCan.

A dedicated page is live on the parkrun website to find out more about your local International Women’s Day parkrun, as well as information to help those taking part for the first time.

Find you nearest international women’s day parkrun

Find your nearest participating event using the map, locations in the link above with a This Girl Can logo have let us know that they will be hosting a special #IWDparkrun. Regardless of whether your local event is hosting an #IWDparkrun or not, every single parkrun event will welcome you with open arms. Click on any event to find out more information. You can see where to meet, a description of the course, facilities, and specific event team contact details if you’ve got any queries ahead of the day.

All you need to do is register here, then just turn up on the day with your printed barcode.

Read our blog to find out about how parkrun works and what to expect.

 

 

 

400th Parkrun at Highbury Fields!

Highbury Fields 400th Parkrun

VI Supported – Highbury Fields 400th Parkrun!

This Saturday the Parkrun at Highbury Fields is celebrating its 400th run

Why not Join in?

Date: Saturday 25 May  Time: 9.00 am

Venue: Highbury Fields, Islington, London – click this link for Course page info

What does it cost to join in?

Nothing – it’s free! but please register before your first run. Only ever register with parkrun once. Don’t forget to bring a printed copy of your barcode (request a reminder). If you forget it, you won’t get a time.

Did you know that Highbury fields  Parkrun Support Vision Impaired Participants

You just need let the Parkrun organiser Know, that you are Vision Impaired and if you need a guide running support and if you do go along,  Please do let us know,  @MetroVISports  or Email:  info@metroblind sport.org so we can shout out and Re-tweet about it as well!

 

Weekly Highbury Fields Parkrun Event details

A Weekly Free 5km Timed Run

What is Highbury Fields parkrun?

It is a 5km run – it’s you against the clock.

When is it?

Every Saturday at 9:00 am.

Where is it?

It’s run in Highbury Fields, Islington, London. See Course page for more details.

Location of start

We start at the bottom of Highbury Place (N5 1QP) by the Leisure Centre

Getting there by public transport

By Train: Highbury Fields is a 2-minute walk from Highbury & Islington rail station (Victoria Line, London Overground, national rail services) By Bus: use services 4, 19, 30, 43, 271, 277 & 393; bus 236 is a four-minute walk from Highbury Grove

Getting there on foot

Highbury Fields is next to Highbury Corner and Highbury & Islington station. It is at the top of Upper St, at the bottom of Holloway Rd, and at the end of St Paul’s Road. The park has bike parking near to Highbury Pool and Fitness Centre; also there is bike parking outside Highbury & Islington station

Getting there by road

You are not encouraged to drive to this parkrun. You cannot park at Highbury Fields, and there are very good public transport links.

Post Run Coffee

Every week we grab a post parkrun coffee at The White Swan at Highbury Corner – please come and join us.

What does it cost to join in?

Nothing – it’s free! but please register before your first run. Only ever register with parkrun once. Don’t forget to bring a printed copy of your barcode (request a reminder). If you forget it, you won’t get a time.

How fast do I have to be?

We all run for our own enjoyment. Please come along and join in whatever your pace!

Highbury Fields Parkrun needs you!

It is entirely organised by volunteers – email highburyfieldshelpers@parkrun.com to help.

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