Cliffe Castle parkrun is cancelled on 24 October 2020: COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

Parkrun to Return in England End of October – Announced 7th September

parkrun to return in England


parkrun Global Chief Executive Officer Nick Pearson announces intent to resume parkrun events in England toward the end of October.

Ever since parkrun events closed in the UK and across the world, we’ve been focused on understanding how and when we would be able to resume in a safe and appropriate way.

Throughout, we have sought to understand the evidence, to be a part of discussions with government and public health bodies, to listen to the parkrun community, and to communicate regularly, transparently and honestly.

Following detailed conversations with the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS), Sport England, and Public Health England, I am delighted to announce that we intend to reopen parkrun and junior parkrun events in England toward the end of October this year.

Unfortunately, as things stand, and due to current restrictions across Wales, Scotland, and Northern Ireland, we are not able to commit to the same timeline across the other Home Nations. However, we are aware of the implications of only opening in England and are continuing our work to overcome the challenges that this presents. We are also as committed as ever to opening our events outside of England as soon as possible.

Over the years, we’ve come to understand the significant health benefits of being physically active, together, in the great outdoors. It boosts our self-esteem and mood, increases sleep quality and energy, builds immunity, reduces the risk of developing many diseases, and promotes quality of life.

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.

Since we first started back in 2004, thousands of people have shared their stories of how parkrun not only changed their life, but saved their life, and we know that every week without parkrun represents a cost to the health and wellbeing of hundreds of thousands of people.

In early August we published our COVID-19 Framework, which details how parkrun events will be delivered where there remains an underlying level of COVID-19 in the community. This Framework represents what we feel is the safest we can make parkrun events, whilst, at the same time, respecting the principles that allow parkruns to positively impact the health and happiness of those they engage.

Since then, we have sought feedback and suggestions from the global parkrun community, across 22 countries, as well as from public health bodies and governments around the world.

Furthermore, in an effort to understand the evidence surrounding COVID-19 transmission in outdoor settings, we commissioned a rapid review of the evidence by Canterbury Christ Church University, led by Professor Mike Weed.

The review concluded that, with appropriate evidence-based 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.

During this time we have also been closely following developments around the level of COVID-19 infection across the UK, and its impact on health. According to data published by the Government and the Office for National Statistics, it is clear that, at this moment in time, the number of infectious people in the UK is relatively low, and the numbers of people in hospital continue to fall. Whilst therefore it is absolutely critical we all remain cautious, and closely follow Government guidance, we can say that the chances of an infectious person being in attendance at a specific parkrun event is relatively low.

Based on the above evidence, and the mitigations presented in our COVID-19 Framework, we therefore feel that the risk of parkrun events significantly contributing to the spread of COVID-19 in the United Kingdom is small.

A further important part of our consideration for the return of parkrun has been the feeling of parkrunners and their attitudes towards coming back. Since events were paused, we’ve carried out insight work to assist us in our planning and decision making. For example by making over a thousand telephone calls to event teams and volunteer ambassadors, or by surveying samples of parkrunners from around the world. Our ‘intent to return’ survey has proved incredibly useful and has shown that not only are the majority of UK parkrunners keen to return, but their confidence is growing over time. Our latest figures suggest that almost 80% of UK parkrunners would return in four weeks’ time given the opportunity.

Everything in life comes with a risk, and we know and accept that we cannot remove all risks from the parkrun environment. However, it is also important to balance the public health benefits of reopening our events, against the associated public health risks. We now believe, having spent considerable time gathering and understanding the evidence, that the benefits to reopening parkrun far outweigh the risks.

We also know that, whilst the majority of people are likely to welcome this announcement as a huge step toward parkrun returning, many people will feel anxious and nervous around the thought of public gatherings. We are here for everyone, and over the coming weeks and months will be providing all the support we can, such that people can feel confident returning to their parks and open spaces.

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.

We will also be working closely with our volunteer event teams as they prepare for their communities to return, and the entire parkrun staff team is committed to providing all appropriate support. From direct phone calls, to live Q&As, podcast discussions, and regular updates through all of our available communications channels, there will be frequent and continued opportunities for you all to provide feedback and ask questions.

We’ve long understood that human beings have an innate need to be with one another. To talk, to laugh, to support, to share experiences.

This is a watershed moment. parkrun will return. We will be back together again.

Nick Pearson

parkrun Global CEO



Introduction to COVID19 Framework 7th August 2020

COVID-19 Framework

Hi there,

Earlier this week we announced we had completed our COVID-19 Framework, describing how events will operate in countries where an underlying level of community infection still remains.

We’d also like to stress that as part of our strategy to return we took the decision to separate defining the way events should be reopened, from deciding the date when that process would be considered safe.

Today we are announcing the process not the date, and as such there is no immediate obligation or impact on any parkrun community. However, by publishing our COVID-19 Framework we are better able to progress conversations around when and where our events may be able to return safely.

At the front of our minds has been the importance of not over-burdening volunteers, not presenting significant barriers to participation, not creating precedents we cannot maintain, and not setting unrealistic expectations. Our vision for parkrun events as they reopen is also that, whilst proximity and interaction will be significantly reduced, the essence of parkrun is very much there. Because of this, it may take longer for our events to return in some places, however we have always believed in being patient and protecting the parkrun ethos.

We also wish to clarify that whilst we consider this Framework to be complete, it is very much provisional and as such we welcome feedback from both within and outside of the parkrun community. Aspects or details may still change, and we will continue to provide weekly updates through each parkrun country’s blog page.

We understand that this is a significant moment for parkrun, with longer-term implications for many millions of parkrunners. We are also mindful of the responsibility we have in guiding the parkrun family through these challenging times.

We therefore remain committed to transparency around the decisions we make and why we make them. As such, we are publishing our Framework alongside an in-depth discussion on the Free Weekly Timed podcast that will explain the rationale of the framework in detail. We will also be creating a number of opportunities for members of the parkrun community to ask questions and challenge decisions, starting next week with a further question and answer session on the Free Weekly Timed podcast.

Please do listen to our COVID-19 Framework discussion, available now in this week’s episode of Free Weekly Timed.

And you can find our COVID-19 Framework in the Volunteer Hub.

Many thanks for your continued patience, understanding, and support.

Tom Williams

Chief Operating Officer



(not)parkrun has started

Last night (not)parkrun was up and running. To record your 5k time go to your profile at and enter the date and your time. You will appear in the results of the parkrun you are registered with, so, if you regularly run Cliffe Castle but originally register with Bradford you will appear in the Bradford results. You can change this in your profile.
You can do a 5k every day if you wish and your fastest time will be recorded at the end of the week.
If you haven't accessed you profile for some time your ID is your A number - your barcode number -and your password is whatever you originally set, if you can't remember ask them to remind you.
It doesn't count towards anything - it's just a bit of fun. They are promising local and national results tables.
Come of Cliffe Castle let's give it a go.

COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Update

Dear all, 

I’m pleased to say we have now spoken with just under 1,000 event teams and ambassadors from all 22 parkrun countries, and that project has now formally concluded. As always however, should event teams and volunteers wish to speak with us that opportunity remains available and I’d urge them to get in touch if that is the case. We are now taking time to review our notes from those conversations and will be reporting back in due course.

It also feels like we’re entering a new phase of consideration with regard to restarting parkrun, at least in some parts of the world. Restrictions are beginning to ease in many countries in which we operate, and every day the news shows society taking small steps toward reopening. Each update to a country’s future plans are scrutinised, and although none have yet presented clear parkrun-friendly guidelines many are moving closer to that point.

At this moment in time, it feels like we’ve been without parkrun forever and it’s understandable that many of us will feel a sense of emotional fatigue, or even hopelessness, from time to time. However, I would like to reassure you that we are moving forward, we are focused on reopening as soon as appropriate, and we do believe that that time will come. Until then, we continue to ask parkrun communities around the world not to arrange gatherings at their local venues, and thank them all for being so brilliant to date.

Finally, we recently spoke to Laura Penhaul, who was part of the first ever all-female crew to row across the Pacific, a feat that was documented in the brilliant film Losing Sight of Shore. You can listen to our conversation with her over on the parkrun YouTube channel and, like me, I hope you can draw many parallels with what we’re all going through right now.

We may ourselves have lost sight of shore for the moment, but we are moving forward, and will see it again.


International Women’s Day parkrun 7th March

Did you know that the 8th March is International Women's Day. Parkrun at Cliffe Castle are supporting this big style. Our run on the 7th is a celebration of all things female. Our run director is Maggie who would like you to do two things for us;
1. Wear anything purple.
2. Bring a friend along - you know that girl who says she's always going to come but can't this week (you know we all have at least one). Drag her along, use devious means, promise her a coffee/dinner/you won't laugh at her choice of boyfriend. Anything to get her there - tell he it's FREE for one Saturday only! (only a small lie!).
So join us at parkrun and lets celebrate our ladies/girlfriends/lovers/wives we love you all!.
And don't forget the purple!!



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