Happy New Year parkrunners. Following the festive dip in participation, January will generally see a boost in runners. Some of you may be getting back into it after not having done a parkrun for ages. Others will be doing a parkrun for the very first time.
So what do you need to know?
Remember to bring a printed barcode with you. We can't accept barcodes on phones or any other electronic device. If you need to print another one, you can follow these instructions to find yours: https://support.parkrun.com/hc/en-us/articles/200038762-How-do-I-find-my-barcode-
If you're completing your first parkrun or are running at a new event, please make sure you arrive in plenty of time to attend the new runners briefing. This will usually happen at some point between 8.45 and 8.55 depending on the event. The briefing will explain the course, what happens at the finish, when you'll need your barcode and is your chance to ask any questions.
You can walk, run or jog at your own pace. We have a tail walker every week to make sure nobody is last.
A few ground rules to ensure you and runners around you are kept safe
- Runners under the age of 11 must be within arms reach of an adult at all times during the run.
- Dogs running with you must be kept on a short lead and under control. One dog per runner only.
- Runners with buggies are welcome. Check in advance that the course is suitable for your buggy. You may want to contact the event team in advance to confirm.
- Running with a buggy and a dog together is not permitted.
- You may carry a child around the course whilst walking only. Running whilst carrying a child is not permitted.
If you have any general parkrun queries, check out our support site https://support.parkrun.com/hc/en-us
Finally, don't forget it's run not a race. Be nice to the other runners and be especially nice to the amazing volunteers who have made the event possible.