Popular parkruns could re-start in Armley and Bramley for the first time since lockdown in March.
Parkrun Global Chief Executive Officer Nick Pearson today announced his intent to resume events in England toward the end of October.
The announcement will come as a welcome boost to volunteers running events in Armley Park and Bramley Park. Mr Pearson said:
“Whilst the public health benefits of parkrun events have been clear for many years, the last six months have increased inequalities around health and wellbeing, with many people more isolated and less active than ever in their life.
“Across many communities our events provide the most accessible and inclusive opportunities for people, of all abilities and backgrounds, to come together and be active.
“Disadvantaged communities have been hit the hardest and likely have the most challenging journeys ahead of them, and with every passing week, and with winter approaching, those challenges become greater.”
A review by Canterbury Christ Church University concluded that, with appropriate 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. Mr Pearson added:
“Today represents the start of the next phase in reopening our events, and we know there is much work ahead. Over the coming weeks we will be working closely with landowners and stakeholders across the country so that we can best address their concerns and support their own positions relating to gatherings at their venues.”
The full statement and more details about Parkrun’s return, can be read here.