Sheffield Parkruns loved by thousands of runners set to return at the start of June, public health director confirms
Popular Parkrun events which take place across Sheffield are set to return to the city from June, it has been confirmed today.
Parkrun UK wrote to Sheffield Council as the landowner to ask if the Saturday morning 5k events could return after more than a year.
And today the council confirmed that permission has been granted.
Its health chief said the events, which takes place at parks across Sheffield, including Endcliffe, Graves, Millhouses, Manor Fields and Hillsborough, is why ‘we’re known as the Outdoor City’.
Greg Fell, director of Public Health Sheffield said: “We’ve been in discussion with Parkrun and we’re really pleased to announce it’s coming back to Sheffield.
“Sheffield wealth of parks and green spaces are exactly why we’re known as the Outdoor City, and we know that they have been a great asset to people over the past year, supporting both physical and mental health.
“What’s been really important for us is figuring out the logistics to make sure we have the right things in place to welcome back big crowds of people in a safe way. Park Run is so popular, for good reason, and we want to get it right first time. However, we must also encourage people to remember to follow the guidance set out by the organisers, for yourselves and out of consideration for other participants.
“Park Run are committed to being covid safe, and we’ll be guiding them along the way so that you all feel safe too.”
Although Sheffield's Parkruns can return, not all events across the country have been agreed. So far less than a third of the 589 events have approval, short of the figure of 80 or 90 per cent needed so that they can go ahead safely. A final decision is expected soon.
Park runs set to restart are: