Return of Parkrun events delayed - despite Sheffield Council agreeing city events - due to low takeup elsewhere in country

The return of Parkrun has been delayed – despite Sheffield’s events getting the go ahead – because of low takeup elsewhere in the country.

Friday, 21st May 2021, 8:40 am
Parkrun at Millhouses Park.

Not enough landowners have given permission for the free 5K runs to resume nationwide on June 5.

As reported by the Sheffield Telegraph earlier this week, Sheffield Council had agreed the runs could return to city parks including Endcliffe, Hillsborough, Millhouses, Manor and Graves.

But national Parkrun UK organisers have confirmed today that they decided they had no choice but to postpone after just 250 of the 589 venues granted approval – which risked overwhelming those events that had received the go-ahead.

In London, only three out of 56 events were given permission, and the problem was particularly acute in the capital.

It is now hoped that the runs could restart on June 26, three months after Parkrun was given permission to return by the Government back in March. Thousands of people take part in Sheffield’s events each week.

Nick Pearson, parkrun Global CEO said: “We will continue to work hard with landowners over the coming weeks to secure the permissions needed to return at the end of June. We are incredibly grateful to all of the landowners who have granted events permission to return so far, and for the groundswell of support for parkrun over recent days.

“Although it is disappointing not to be able to return on 5 June, we are still optimistic that we can return parkrun events to nearly 600 communities across England very soon. We will do everything we can to ensure events restart on 26 June.”

Read what Sheffield health chief Greg Fell said about the importance of Parkrun here

Many high profile supporters joined the rallying cry for the inclusive, physical activity community events to resume, without any further delays.

Mayor of London Sadiq Khan has called on London borough councils and other landowners to join him in supporting the return of parkrun, as the “City Hall team stand ready to work with London Councils, the parkrun team, and volunteer organisers to make this a reality”.