Runners in despair
Parkrun put on hold again
The planned return of parkrun has been delayed indefinitely following the spike in Covid-19 infections, but event organisers have called for society to “look beyond baseless assumptions and a culture of fear” in deciding what activities can now safely resume.
The free mass-participation running and walking event had been due to return next month. Although the Government has not explicitly banned parkrun from returning – and is still allowing outdoor sporting events to remain exempt from its “rule of six” – concerns have been raised at a local level by public health officials and land owners.
“Sadly, after significant consultation and discussion, circumstances outside of our control have dictated that parkrun cannot return in England by the end of October, as we had hoped,” a statement said.
However, parkrun also stressed its desire to return “as soon as circumstances allow” and the social and health impacts of its ongoing absence.
“We must act now if we are to avoid irreparable damage to the health and happiness of our communities,” the statement said. “The health of our nation is facing its greatest challenge in decades.
“It is essential that, as we map out the coming weeks and months of our collective efforts to get back on our feet, we look beyond baseless assumptions and a culture of fear.”