COVID-19 Framework

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.

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

In the meantime, why not run a 5k whenever and wherever you can and keep the parkrun spirit alive.

Log your daily run here (Mon-Sun) and get your quickest time added to the (not)parkrun weekly results.



(not) parkrun

It's been 14 weeks since we all met in the Woods, but we can start to see the light at the end of the tunnel.

In the meantime, why not run a 5k whenever and wherever you can and keep the parkrun spirit alive.

Log your daily run here (Mon-Sun) and get your quickest time added to the (not)parkrun weekly results.


Volunteers’ Week

Happy Volunteers’ Week everyone!

A big THANKYOU to our CORE TEAM and all our fabulous parkrun Volunteers.

We will see you all in the Woods real soon.


All parkrun events in this country are currently suspended due to COVID-19 (Coronavirus). For further details please see here


During our cancellation….

Whilst you are free to run or walk whenever or wherever you like, we would strongly discourage you to organise any group runs during the time they are suspended. When in doubt, please follow the latest guidelines and advice as published on the NHS and PHE websites.

We're also very aware of the important support network that both Hockley Woods parkrun and the wider parkrun community provide.

Whether it is a friendly weekly catch up with fellow runners as you jog round the park, volunteering, or enjoy that all important post run chat with a nice cuppa.

Just because there’s no parkrun, doesn’t mean you can’t get out there and stay active! The BBC have got on board with some great ideas to stay active too.

Please do use the various parkrun social media channels to stay in touch, support and help each other.

We can socially distance ourselves, but can still stay in touch via social media.

Karl & the Hockley Woods parkrun Core Team




All parkrun events in the United Kingdom have been suspended….

“All parkrun events in the United Kingdom have been suspended with immediate effect due to the ongoing COVID-19 (Coronavirus) situation. At this stage we have cancelled events up to the end of March. Please follow our communications channels for ongoing updates. parkrun’s global position is published and will be updated here.”


Finally, remaining active is incredibly important, and we are working on ways to encourage and support that, however please do not arrange group gatherings at your parkrun venues whilst parkrun events are suspended.


parkrun 29/02/20

At this stage we are not anticipating that we will have to cancel tomorrow’s parkrun, but we will be undertaking an early morning inspection of the course.



Storm Dennis 15/02/20

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We are watching the storm closely, right up until 8am on Saturday as we may need to cancel. A decision will be made by our RD and Core Team on Saturday morning.‬





Route Map



International Women’s Day parkrun

Join us on Saturday 7 March 2020, the day before International Women's Day, in a celebration of female participation at parkruns all around the world.

Why not bring along a female friend, colleague or family member and walk, jog, run or volunteer together!

Join the conversation on social media with the hashtag #IWDparkrun

Our research shows us that, across the world, women are less likely than men to take part in parkrun. Despite the fact that females make 54% of registrations, they are less likely than men to take part in parkrun and to continue participating. IWD parkrun is a fantastic opportunity to encourage more women and girls to participate in parkrun events all over the world. 

Can men still participate in parkrun on this day?
Yes, everyone is always welcome to participate at parkrun!




We’re nearly another year older….


We're nearly another year older (hurrah!) but so is all our kit (boo!) so when we need to replace it we will need funds.

If you love parkrun, you can donate to us to help us cover the costs of keeping the event running smoothly.


Your donation will be wisely spent by the event team (as custodians of the local purse) on the upkeep of our parkrun.

(it's all optional.)


parkrun UK is a not-for-profit organisation.


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