We hope your all well and staying safe.
We are all missing everyone and parkrun. We have recently had a virtual meet up via a zoom video call with some of our core volunteers. We have decided to try do a zoom call with some of you as well. Please see the facebook group for more information or email email@example.com. It will be 16th May at 11am in the form of a parkrun quiz. Questions about parkrun and cyclopark parkrun. All a bit of fun so we can stay connected and see some friendly faces
One of our regular junior volunteers recently celebrated her 9th birthday we hope you had a great day Evie cant wait to share some cake when we eventually return.
Some hearts have appeared on our banner at the run brief area. Feel free to add your own heart message but please only do so if your passing don't make any special trips. It is nice for people going passed (running, walking, cycling ) to read them.
See the end of this post for social media links and some parkrun podcasts. Don't forget to join our zoom call quiz and stay safe everyone.
Sending you all virtual panda hugs
This is the latest update from parkrun in full and HQ posts out every Tuesday
Thanks again to all the event teams and ambassadors who have generously given us their time over the last few weeks, and shared the challenges they are facing at local level around the world.
We have now spoken directly to over 700 of those volunteers and continue to gain valuable insight.
Based on those conversations there are three key points we would like to share in this week’s update.
Firstly, the decision to re-open any parkrun country will be made by parkrun Global (the UK-based charity) in collaboration with staff or senior volunteers in that country, and alongside relevant and local public health guidance.
All public announcements of parkrun countries reopening (or not) will be made firstly through this weekly update. Anything you see outside of this channel is not necessarily the official position of parkrun, and we will not be commenting on speculation or rumours.
Secondly, we continue to see governments release greater detail around how they plan to relax restrictions in their region. In some cases this is, understandably, leading to questions from the parkrun community with regards where parkrun may fit into those timelines.
At this moment we do not see any country we operate in presenting guidelines that would reasonably accommodate parkrun events in the near future. Should that change this will be the first place we make any comment.
Importantly, we will not consider opening parkrun countries anywhere where there is even a small chance of exceeding participant limits for public gatherings at a single event.
Also, at this time, we are not considering starting events where doing so would mean participants or volunteers are required to maintain a certain distance between each other.
Thirdly, in most countries we operate in it is likely to be several months before we consider it appropriate to reopen our events. By then, the world’s understanding of this virus will be very different, as will society’s feelings about it.
As such we do not believe it sensible to comment on the many social distancing or hygiene-based suggestions currently being proposed as ways to either get parkrun up and running as soon as possible or to mitigate any risks when we do return.
To reiterate a point from a previous update, in all instances we will be taking a cautious approach to re-opening our events. We will only be doing so where both that country’s specific public health guidelines comfortably allow, and where we can be confident that our volunteer teams will not be placed under undue pressure.
Thanks for your continued patience, understanding, and support.
We will get through this, together.
Chief Operating Officer
cyclopark parkrun social media
We are on facebook https://www.facebook.com/Cyclopark-parkrun-338195150405317/
Don't forget to check out an independent weekly podcast all about parkrun "with me now" https://withmenow.libsyn.com/
as well as the official pakrun podcast "free, weekly timed" http://www.freeweeklytimed.com/all-podcasts/