COVID-19 (Coronavirus) update 15 December

From Tom Williams, Chief Operating Officer, parkrun Global

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Throughout the course of this year we’ve published regular updates, keeping the parkrun family as informed as possible, and sharing positive news wherever we can. Whilst some weeks it may have felt like progress has been slow, looking back on the last nine months it’s clear to see how far we have come.

On Saturday we welcomed back 13 events in Russia, and as we approach the end of 2020 we look forward to events returning in New South Wales, Australia, from this weekend, and, if things go right, events will also return to the Australian state of Victoria early in 2021.

Although, at that point there will still be much work ahead of us, we are all hopeful that as vaccines are rolled out around the world and medical treatment improves, there is light at the end of the tunnel. We know that many millions of parkrunners are currently without their local events, and we know how hard that is, but please be reassured that we are seeing progress everywhere, and the parkrun family is stronger than ever before.

This year, more than any other year, it’s been a huge privilege to witness the friendship, support, and compassion within our community, despite the desperately difficult circumstances we have all found ourselves in. We really are getting through this, together.

This will be our last global COVID-19 update of 2020, and the next update will be on Tuesday 5 January.

Wishing you all the very best for the festive season, and a happy and healthy New Year.

Thanks for your continued support,

Tom

Tom Williams
Chief Operating Officer
parkrun Global
 
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Flying downhill at event number 354 on Saturday 5 May 2018 (photo: Rich Kenington)
 
You can find previous updates from parkrun HQ if you follow this link
 
2020-05-12 covid update

 

(not)parkrun, week 26

 
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Last year our parkrun on December's second Saturday was the one when you set off up the hill in unseasonably warm weather, and came back down again in ever worsening rain. It's not often any of us says we enjoyed the 1st 2½k of our parkrun more than the 2nd but it looks as if it may well have been the case for Oliver Clarke, Ayesha Hussain and David Jones on this occasion (photos: Rich Kenington)
 
Unprecedented! A word that was perhaps overused earlier in the year but given that we saw neither a personal best nor a newcomer last week, I think it’s appropriate.
 
I must admit that when I set off on my run yesterday afternoon I wondered if I might achieve the week’s first pb. Although I missed doing so by 92 seconds, I enjoyed running around in the rain!
 
I’m delighted to record that this week’s first new run culminated in a personal best with Cathryn Butler improving her (not)parkrun best by 19 seconds. More on that next week.
 
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Our numbers were down last week, with a sluggish start on Monday when we saw 6 fewer (not)parkrunners than the previous week. We never really caught up after that and with only 12 times being recorded yesterday (compared to 23 the previous Sunday) our fate was sealed, and we dropped 4 places in the table of UK (not)parkrun participants. Although as it’s a run, not a race, are we bothered?
 
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Closest to a pb last week was Gemma Portis, whose time of 27:03 was 1 second slower than the time she recorded on October 19th. Here we see Gemma at our 411th event, in June 2019 (photo: Rich Kenington)
 
David Hemmings did something very neat on Monday and Tuesday ~ having recorded a time of 24:24 on Monday, he went out on Tuesday, jiggled the numbers around and registered a time of 22:44! Bravo!
 
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We appear to have generated a timeshare baton. A fortnight ago David Taylor shared 2 of his finish times with other (not)parkrunners. On Monday David once again timeshared, this time with Jeremy Hutchinson, who then shared a second finish time with Shaun Popel. The rules on this are unclear but I think Jeremy needs to timeshare with someone today and then that person needs to share a time with a second (not)parkrunner this week, and again on Monday. How hard can that be?
 
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Jeremy Hutchinson, currently the holder of our timeshare baton (if there is such a thing) ahead of an anguished looking Mike McBeth, and speedy Kelly Dicks, who overtook them both on the run in to the finish here at our 408th event, in May 2019 (photo: Rich Kenington)
 
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7 of us renewed our Seven Up! Club membership last week, with Emma Coles taking a break yesterday, and Andrew Burton resting over the weekend.

Emma’s next (not)parkrun will be her 100th, and no doubt we’ll be reading about that in 7 days’ time.
 
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Top of the table of those of us who have recorded 1 (not)parkrun each week is Michael Smith. We see him here in October 2015, at event number 224. And no wonder Mike's smiling, he was on his way to a personal best! (photo: Rich Kenington)
 
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There’s a number of new (not)parkrun club members to report today. Kathryn Gibb, Martin Dunne, Lucy Avent and Shaun Popel all joined the (not)25 club, Jeremy Hutchinson, Janet O’Connell and Andrew Burton all joined the (not)50 club and Marie Malloy arrived in the (not)150 club!

Congratulations to Marie, Janet, Kathryn, Lucy, Martin, Shaun and Andrew, and welcome to our little (not)clubs!
 
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Here's one of our new (not)25 parkrun club members, Lucy Avent, seen flying down the hill at event 430 in November last year (photo: Rich Kenington)
 
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Once again just 1 of us beat 20 minutes last week ~ it was Will Gillett’s turn to do so ~ and he left it until Sunday to record his 19:04.

Anne Dockery made a welcome return to our lists last week with her recorded time of 25:52 ~ fastest female ~ and an age grade score of 88.98% ~ the highest of last week. Well done Anne!
 
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Enjoying a September shower at event 373 is Anne Dockery ~ Anne went on to finish 134th that morning, her highest finish position at Ashton Court parkrun to date, and she achieved the highest age grade that day as well (photo: Rich Kenington)
 
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Across the UK numbers of parkrunners and the times we recorded were down a little, while globally the number of us (not)running and the events we represented were the lowest they’ve been to date. This probably reflects the fact that more proper parkruns were available at the weekend.
 
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Our 27th week of (not)parkrunning started even more slowly than the one before! By 9 o’clock in the morning last Monday, 4 of you had already recorded times. Today it took until lunchtime for us to post 4 (not)parkruns! Perhaps there’s something going on that I didn’t get the memo about?
 
It's great to see so many of us getting out (not)parkrunning every week. Thank you for continuing to join in. Be careful out on your runs and look out for one another. More next week, on the shortest day ..
 
 
Report by Rich Kenington, 7 (not)parkruns last week | 172 (not)parkruns total
 
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Compared to last year, the second Saturday of December 2020 remained glorious throughout the morning ~ although there were some obstacles to be avoided (photo: Rich Kenington)
 
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COVID-19 (Coronavirus) update 8 December

From Tom Williams, Chief Operating Officer, parkrun Global

2020-12-08 hq covid

It does feel, increasingly, like there is reason to be optimistic. After a long and difficult year there are signs that we could well return to something much more like normal life during the first half of 2021.

The news of vaccines being approved signals a clear shift in the position with regards to COVID-19. And we’re hopeful that as the vaccines get rolled out around the world, this will in time enable restrictions to be lifted, meaning that more of our events can reopen in countries where we currently remain closed.

We’re excited about events returning, this weekend, at 13 locations across Russia; another significant milestone that will see parkrun back, at least in part, in six countries around the world.

As the situation continues to improve across Australia, we are also working to support the return of events in New South Wales from 19 December. And with recent changes to restrictions in Victoria, we expect that parkrun events there aren’t too far behind. It’s truly heartening to think we could end the year with close to 300 events back up and running.

So, whilst our work isn’t yet done for this year, we do look forward optimistically to 2021, and the prospect that many more of us will be able to gather in our parks and open spaces, and share in that unique parkrun community spirit once again.

We are getting through this, together.

Thanks for your continued support,

Tom

Tom Williams
Chief Operating Officer
parkrun Global
 
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Two way traffic on Saturday 27 July last year at our 417th parkrun (photo: Rich Kenington)
 
You can find previous updates from parkrun HQ if you follow this link
 
2020-05-12 covid update

 

COVID-19 (Coronavirus) update 1 December

From Tom Williams, Chief Operating Officer, parkrun Global

2020-12-01 hq covid

It was wonderful to see another record attendance last weekend, with 27,500 participants across 218 events, in 5 countries. And, of course, we would particularly like to welcome the 1,640 first timers who walked, jogged, ran or volunteered with us for the very first time.

Whilst it’s sometimes easy to get bogged down in numbers and statistics, every week we welcome back yet more parkrun events is another significant step forward, and we’re delighted to confirm that this weekend another 37 events will return in South Australia.

For those who, like most parkrun staff, don’t currently have a local parkrun to attend, it can feel like there’s no light at the end of the tunnel. But around the world, we are gradually getting back to normal, and wherever we’ve reopened so far it’s been truly heart-warming to see the community spirit return so powerfully.

Only two and a half months ago every parkrun event in the world was closed, and yet already we’re celebrating tens of thousands of people walking, jogging, running, and volunteering, every week, for free.

We are getting through this.

Tom

Tom Williams
Chief Operating Officer
parkrun Global
 
2020-12-01 ac covid
photo by Jo Gadd, visiting us from Crissy Field parkrun in San Francisco, at Ashton Court parkrun 364, 14-07-2018
 
You can find previous updates from parkrun HQ if you follow this link
 
2020-05-12 covid update

 

(not)parkrun, week 24

 
We had a quieter few days (not)parkrunning last week, and it was only thanks to a record Sunday turn out yesterday, when 24 of us got out and covered at least 5k that we managed as many (not)runs as we did. Of course, the important thing is that 57 of us have enjoyed at least one 5k during the past 7 days. In fact, between us we registered 138 different (not)parkruns. Go us!
 
7 of us managed to cover the 5k distance faster than we ever had before since (not)parkrun started, so a big well done to them! It’s especially pleasing to record the (not)pb achieved by one of our juniors, Joseph Scriven, who knocked 262 seconds off his previous best when he recorded 39:18. A great big well done to Joseph!
 
We welcomed one first time (not)parkrunner last week ~ Gavin O’Connell. Gavin’s completed 74 proper parkruns so far, 40 of them here at home. For a couple of days Gavin’s time of 21:36 was the fastest of the week, until Dan Jones came along on Wednesday with his 19:33.
 
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In the paler of the two blue shirts is Gavin O'Connell, last week's first time (not)parkrunner. Gavin's seen here at our 415th event, in July 2019 (photo: Rich Kenington)
 
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This is last week's fastest finisher Dan Jones, see on his way to finishing 4th at our 401st event in April 2019. This is Dan's highest finish position at Ashton Court parkrun so far, and he achieved a personal best that day too! (photo: Rich Kenington)
 
Only 1 time was shared last week ~ 31:48. That was the time recorded by Bori, István and Lilla Farkas-Király in Bristol, and by Alex Moylett somewhere else! Alex no longer lives in Bristol and we wish her well as she begins a new adventure elsewhere.
 
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Seen at event number 406 in May 2019 is Alex Moylett, now on the way to somewhere new! (photo: Sarah Jones)
 
6 of us renewed our membership of the Seven Up! club last week, while Marie Malloy recorded 6 (not)parkrun times in the same week for the 22nd time!
 
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We have 2 new members of our (not)parkrun clubs. David Capel celebrated joining the 25 (not)parkrun club by registering a 2nd time in the same week for the 5th time.
 
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David Capel's in the sunshine on the left, at our 441st parkrun in January 2020 (photo: Dan Jones)
 
Caroline Potter had an eventful few days. After completing her 99th (not)parkrun on Monday Caroline then had to self-isolate for 3 days prior to a dental operation on Friday. And of course on Saturday afternoon Caroline was back out in the fresh air to record ~ at a gentle pace of course ~ her 100th (not)parkrun.

Congratulations to both David and Caroline!

 
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Almost finished and still flying at event 432 in November 2019 is Caroline Potter (photo: Rich Kenington)
 
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Both the fastest 2 females and males ran (not)personal best times last week, with Kate Hoffen and Janet O’Connell both achieving the two highest age grade scores as well.
 
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2nd from the left in this group of 4 is Kate Hoffen, in March 2020 at event 447 (photo: Rich Kenington)
 
Being relative youngsters, Dan Jones and Shaun Popel, the 2 fastest males weren’t able to score such high grades, and Martin Brasher’s pb elevated him to second place in the male age grade list, close behind Paul Stuart.
 
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Elsewhere in the UK, there was some shuffling around at the top end of the lists of how many parkrunners took part or how many (not)parkruns we all recorded.

In terms of how many of us took part, we at Ashton Court slumped to 24th position, a drop of 8 places and much lower than we’ve been before. This is where our Seven Up! club makes a difference, because in the list of how many (not)runs we recorded we only slipped down 1 position, to 15th.
 
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I’ve particularly enjoyed the start of week number 25, as I was the week’s first finisher. Coincidentally the morning’s 2nd finisher ~ Tom Feilding ~ and I crossed paths on Merchant’s Quay. I needed to record the week’s 1st (not)pb to make certain of finishing before Tom! In fact, when we passed one another I’d almost completed my 5k, and more to the point could almost smell the coffee on offer at the Fabulously Green Coffee Machine alongside Redcliffe Roundabout!

Tom and I were soon joined on the list of the morning’s first few finishers by Cathryn Butler, Martin Gillett and Marie Malloy.
 
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As always thank you to everyone who makes the time to record a time and make (not)parkrun fun! I’m not sure if tomorrow’s move into tier 3 brings new challenges or not, I imagine it depends on our individual circumstances. And at least we can continue to (not)parkrun while looking forward to the day when we can actually get together and parkrun. 
 
 
Report by Rich Kenington, 7 (not)parkruns last week | 158 (not)parkruns total
 
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There was an ethereal kind of vibe going on at Ashton Court on Saturday morning .. (photo: Rich Kenington)
 
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COVID-19 (Coronavirus) update 17 November

From Tom Williams, Chief Operating Officer, parkrun Global

2020-11-17 covid hq

It was wonderful to see events start back in Namibia at the weekend, the fifth parkrun territory to welcome back events since the Coronavirus pandemic paused parkrun across the world in March.

We were looking forward to reopening in South Australia this coming Saturday, but sadly new infections and a subsequent two week state-wide lockdown will mean our reopening will be delayed there by at least two more weeks. In more positive news we are still working towards the reopening of parkruns in Queensland on 28 November.

It’s particularly exciting to see how normal things are in places where we have been able to return. Events are operating well within the COVID-19 Framework, the Virtual Volunteer timing and scanning app is proving to be a huge success, and participation is pretty-much identical to pre-COVID-19 levels.

Perhaps most encouragingly, and despite the lengthy pause around the world, the growth of parkrun events in open countries continues, most notably in Japan where we will welcome Momoi Harappa Koen parkrun, Tokyo, this weekend and a further four events in Japan the Saturday after.

We do also understand the frustration and disappointment in communities where we are currently unable to return but we do see signs of improvement and reasons to be positive, and every week feels like another positive step forward.

We look forward to the day when all parkrun events around the world are back. Until then, through our digital communication channels and (not)parkrun we are here for you.

Thanks for your continued support.

Tom Williams
Chief Operating Officer
parkrun Global
 
2020-11-17 ac
 
Links to previous updates:

COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Update: 10 November

COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Update: 3 November

COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Update: 27 October

COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Update: 20 October

COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Update: 13 October

COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Update: 6 October

COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Update: 29 September

COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Update: 22 September

COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Update: 15 September

COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Update: 8 September

COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Update: 1 September

COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Update: 25 August

COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Update: 18 August

COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Update: 11 August

COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Update: 4 August

COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Update: 28 July

COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Update: 21 July

COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Update: 14 July

COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Update: 7 July

COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Update: 30 June

COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Update: 23 June

COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Update: 16 June

COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Update: 09 June

COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Update: 02 June

COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Update: 26 May

COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Update: 19 May

COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Update: 12 May

COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Update: 05 May

COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Update: 28 April

COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Update: 21 April

COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Update: 14 April

COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Update: 07 April
 
Previous updates were posted on one page which was revised whenever necessary as the situation worsened

Current position with regard COVID-19 and implications for parkrun events

2020-05-12 covid update

 

COVID-19 (Coronavirus) update 3 November

From Tom Williams, Chief Operating Officer, parkrun Global

2020-11-03 covid hq

With the reopening of events in the Australian Capital Territory (ACT), Guernsey and the Isle of Man last weekend, we saw 103 events and over 10,000 participants at parkruns across four countries. It’s also worth noting that it took us six-and-a-half years to reach this milestone in April 2011, a feat that we’ve achieved in just five weeks since events returned (second time around) in New Zealand.

And there’s more good news on the horizon: Namibia is set to reopen on Saturday 14 November, with events in South Australia returning a week after on 21 November.

These are positive steps that we should all celebrate. Slowly, things are returning to normal in many places around the world, and we are bringing back parkrun events as quickly as we can where restrictions and permissions allow.

We do recognise however that the news isn’t positive everywhere. The announcement earlier today that Great Run Local in the UK has closed is a reminder that, sadly, the longer this goes on, the more we risk losing opportunities for structured, physical activity and all of the benefits it brings.

Importantly, we continue to call for the decisions that are made to consider all available evidence, particularly around outdoor transmission of COVID-19. It is vital that if we make decisions to prevent or remove opportunities for communities to be physically active and social, the cost of doing so must be weighed against the risks of these activities going ahead.

Finally, for those of you facing the prospect of an extended period without parkrun, please know that we are here for you too. Although we may not be able to hold physical events and meet in the normal way, our digital channels remain open and (not)parkrun continues to bring communities together virtually.

Thanks for your continued support

Tom Williams
Chief Operating Officer
parkrun Global
 
2020-11-03 ac
 
Links to previous updates:

COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Update: 3 November

COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Update: 27 October

COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Update: 20 October

COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Update: 13 October

COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Update: 6 October

COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Update: 29 September

COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Update: 22 September

COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Update: 15 September

COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Update: 8 September

COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Update: 1 September

COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Update: 25 August

COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Update: 18 August

COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Update: 11 August

COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Update: 4 August

COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Update: 28 July

COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Update: 21 July

COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Update: 14 July

COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Update: 7 July

COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Update: 30 June

COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Update: 23 June

COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Update: 16 June

COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Update: 09 June

COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Update: 02 June

COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Update: 26 May

COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Update: 19 May

COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Update: 12 May

COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Update: 05 May

COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Update: 28 April

COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Update: 21 April

COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Update: 14 April

COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Update: 07 April
 
Previous updates were posted on one page which was revised whenever necessary as the situation worsened

Current position with regard COVID-19 and implications for parkrun events

2020-05-12 covid update

 

COVID-19 (Coronavirus) update 27 October

From Tom Williams, Chief Operating Officer, parkrun Global

2020-10-27 covid hq

Last Saturday we were delighted to see parkrun events in Japan and Western Australia restart. Alongside parkruns currently operating in New Zealand, other Australian states and Territories, and the Falkland Islands, we saw 89 events welcome more than 8,500 walkers, joggers and runners, with over 900 volunteers, almost one hundred of whom were volunteering with us for the very first time.

It is absolutely heartwarming to see some of our parkrun communities coming back together again. Bit by bit, we are getting there.

This weekend parkruns in Guernsey, Australian Capital Territory (ACT) and in the Isle of Man will also reopen, taking us to more than 100 events happening across the globe. And we are pleased to announce the expected return of parkrun events in Namibia, on 14 November.

We continue in conversations with our stakeholders, global staff team, local teams and volunteers to progress, where we can, any further opportunities to bring parkruns back in our other territories.

In the northern hemisphere, as winter encroaches, many of our regions are experiencing a rise in new infections and, in turn, an increase in restrictions. Our commitment to monitoring the situation remains, as does our work with relevant government and public health bodies to make the right decision at the right time; to bring parkrun back to those communities where it is safe and sensible to do so, and where current guidelines allow.

This week will mark the end of #parktoberfest, and it’s been wonderful to see so many parkrunners coming together to be active, social and outdoors, logging significant numbers of (not)parkruns. More than 6,000 people who have yet to complete an actual parkrun have now logged a (not)parkrun. I’d like to personally welcome them to the parkrun family.

With the passing of each day we see change across all 22 countries in which we operate. Our mission to make the world a healthier and happier place holds as firm as ever, and our belief that parkrun has a significant role to play in mental and physical wellbeing continues to drive us every day.

Thanks, as always,

Tom Williams
Chief Operating Officer
parkrun Global
 
2020-10-27 ac
 
Links to previous updates:

COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Update: 27 October

COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Update: 20 October

COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Update: 13 October

COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Update: 6 October

COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Update: 29 September

COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Update: 22 September

COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Update: 15 September

COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Update: 8 September

COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Update: 1 September

COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Update: 25 August

COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Update: 18 August

COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Update: 11 August

COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Update: 4 August

COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Update: 28 July

COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Update: 21 July

COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Update: 14 July

COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Update: 7 July

COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Update: 30 June

COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Update: 23 June

COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Update: 16 June

COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Update: 09 June

COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Update: 02 June

COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Update: 26 May

COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Update: 19 May

COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Update: 12 May

COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Update: 05 May

COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Update: 28 April

COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Update: 21 April

COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Update: 14 April

COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Update: 07 April
 
Previous updates were posted on one page which was revised whenever necessary as the situation worsened

Current position with regard COVID-19 and implications for parkrun events

2020-05-12 covid update

 

COVID-19 (Coronavirus) update 20 October

From Tom Williams, Chief Operating Officer, parkrun Global

2020-10-20 covid update

With the reopening of 12 events in Tasmania last Saturday, we saw over 5,000 different people walk, jog, run, or volunteer across 45 parkrun events worldwide. Although this represents only 2% of events, 5,000 participants is a significant milestone that took us five-and-a-half years to achieve the first time around.

Sadly, due to increased restrictions in response to growing infections, last Friday we took the decision to postpone our planned return in Poland. Whilst disappointing, and despite it being technically possible for parkrun to return within government guidelines, we know that this was the right decision in the circumstances. In the meantime, we will continue to monitor the situation there, and look for an opportunity to return as soon as it is appropriate to do so.

This weekend we’re looking forward to welcoming back parkrun in Japan, and we continue to work closely with the health department in Western Australia regarding our planned return this coming Saturday now that their easing of restrictions has been pushed back.

Looking further ahead we continue to make positive progress in other parts of the world, with the expected return of parkrun events in the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) on 31 October, along with events in Guernsey and the Isle of Man.

It’s been heart-warming to see so many parkrunners keeping the community spirit of their local parkrun alive by participating in our (not)parkrun campaign, finding the motivation to be physically active and encouraging others to do so too.

Over 70,000 parkrunners have now logged more than 500,000 (not)parkruns, including nearly 6,000 people who have not yet completed a parkrun. All of which is particularly encouraging and demonstrates to us that parkrun has an important role to play in the health and wellbeing of the population now and in the future.

With every week that passes we are making progress, with more opportunities for people to parkrun, or (not)parkrun, in more locations around the world.

Thanks for your continued support.

Tom Williams
Chief Operating Officer
parkrun Global
 
2020-10-20 ac
It's important to keep getting outdoors and to keep moving, particularly with Winter round the corner. There's the added bonus of not knowing who you might cross paths with while running ~ it was a lovely surprise to meet Cat and Sandra earlier today ~ and hard to believe that it's been 7 months since we last did so! (photo: Rich Kenington)
 
Links to previous updates:

COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Update: 20 October

COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Update: 13 October

COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Update: 6 October

COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Update: 29 September

COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Update: 22 September

COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Update: 15 September

COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Update: 8 September

COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Update: 1 September

COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Update: 25 August

COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Update: 18 August

COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Update: 11 August

COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Update: 4 August

COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Update: 28 July

COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Update: 21 July

COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Update: 14 July

COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Update: 7 July

COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Update: 30 June

COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Update: 23 June

COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Update: 16 June

COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Update: 09 June

COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Update: 02 June

COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Update: 26 May

COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Update: 19 May

COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Update: 12 May

COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Update: 05 May

COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Update: 28 April

COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Update: 21 April

COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Update: 14 April

COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Update: 07 April
 
Previous updates were posted on one page which was revised whenever necessary as the situation worsened

Current position with regard COVID-19 and implications for parkrun events

2020-05-12 covid update

 

(not)parkrun, week 18

 
Week 18 of (not)parkrun was another busy week for those of us representing Ashton Court parkrun, with 63 of us (2 less than the previous week) recording 138 (not)parkruns (3 less) with an average time of 33:24 (2 seconds less slow).

There were 3 sets of Timesharers last week. On Tuesday Richard Harding recorded 27:34 for his sole (not)parkrun of the week, equalling the time David Taylor had registered the previous day for the 1st of his 4 (not)parkruns last week.

Richard’s time was a (not)pb for him, the only one we saw on Tuesday, after a good start the previous day when David Hemmings, Clive Smith and I all ran (not)parkruns more quickly than we had before.
 
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Richard Harding (l) and David Taylor both recorded 27:34 last week. This is faster than Richard has ever run at Ashton Court, so we show him here at our 280th parkrun in November 2016, when he ran in 27.56, his Ashton Court parkrun pb. The photo of David was taken at our 377th parkrun in October 2018, when he finished in the same time as last week of 27.34. Coincidence fans will love the fact that the first finisher of both these events (280 and 377) is shown as unknown in the results (photos: Rich Kenington)
 
1 of our 5 first-timers, Megan Sparks (the only first-timer this week who’s yet to run a proper Ashton Court parkrun) recorded a 32:29 (not)parkrun on Saturday ~ a time she shares with Rita Davies, who also ran that time on the same day. And as always Bori, Lilla and István Farkas-Király ensured I had something to write about by all finishing in 30:21, also on Saturday.
 
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One of the week's pb achievers was David Hemmings (on the right). Here's he's on his way to an Ashton Court pb of 21:37 at our 408th event in May 2019. Later in the year David improved his best time by a further 14 seconds. Olivia Hogan managed to sneak past David in the final stretch, Andy Asplin didn't (photo: Rich Kenington)
 
I’ve already mentioned Megan Sparks, last week’s only first-timer who’s a stranger to Ashton Court parkrun. She was joined on the list of new (not)parkrunners by 4 others who between them have completed 478 Ashton Court proper parkruns. If we include Megan’s 16 parkruns elsewhere, the 5 of them have run or walked 701 parkruns in all! Welcome to (not)parkrun Nick Tanner, Sheila Wilcox, Jeremy Hutchinson and Wendy Price.
 
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This is Gemma Portis, who reduced her pb by the smallest margin last week. Here Gemma's on her way to a proper pb, at our 403rd event in April 2019. In March this year Gemma just managed to complete her 100th parkrun on the Saturday before the pandemic shut us down (photo: Rich Kenington)
 
15 of the 63 of us who completed (not)parkruns last week managed to achieve personal bests. 4 of us recorded our 1st pbs, another his 8th, and our improvements ranged from 2 to 221 seconds!

Congratulations to all who recorded a faster (not)parkrun time than ever before last week!
 
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Congratulations to Caroline Potter, seen here on Saturday during her (not)parkrun, when she recorded at (not)pb of 23:53. This gave Caroline the top age grade score of the week of 77.88% (photo:Rich Kenington)
 
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Congratulations also to Chris Pearce, whose (not)pb of 23:45 gave him the second best age grade score last week, 74.25%. Of course anyone who records 23:45 deserves a mention for their time alone! Chris is shown here on our B course at our 258th parkrun, in June 2016 (photo:Rich Kenington)
 
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Last week we welcomed Marie Malloy to our (not)100 parkrun club, while Nick Burns, Vikki Thomas, Emma Coles and Moe Soe all joined the Ashton Court (not)50 parkrun club.
 
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On the left is a new member of our 50 (not)parkrun club ~ Nick Burns, keeping company with Stu Rutherford, one of those special people who took part in our first ever parkrun in 2011, during our 430th parkrun, in November 2011 (photo:Rich Kenington)
 
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Vikki Thomas became another new member of our 50 (not)parkrun club last week. Here's Vikki enjoying the summer sunshine and the downhill gradient at our 417th parkrun, in July 2019 (photo:Rich Kenington)
 
Numbers of (not)parkruns and (not)parkrunners around the world remained pretty much the same as the previous week. There was some shuffling around in the top 15 UK parkruns, meaning that here at Ashton Court we dropped one place, despite our numbers being almost identical to those of the previous week.
 
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And another new member of our 50 (not)parkrun club last week ~ Emma Coles seen here with Arthur enjoying their (not)parkrun last Saturday (photo:Rich Kenington)
 
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Last week we'd made it to what always looks like the final bend and were wondering what could possibly go wrong? Well, this! It wasn't the final bend after all! We still have this straight section to negotiate and only then is it the last bend. It's not very long, this straight bit, but it's not what our brain told us to expect. And with not a lot left in the tank even such small disappointments seem huge. So now we really need to dig in .. (photo: Rich Kenington)
 
The 19th week of our (not)parkrun adventure has got off to a good start. Emma Coles was the week’s 1st finisher, soon followed by Tom Feilding.

Cathryn Butler wasted little time in recording the 1st (not)pb of the week, with a 19 second improvement, and a while later Andrew Butler achieved his 9th (not)pb with a 9 second reduction in his (not)finish time.
 
Carry on (not)parkrunning ~ have fun, be safe, be sensible and please be kind.

 
 
Report by Rich Kenington, 7 (not)parkruns last week | 116 (not)parkruns total
 
 
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