Holkham parkrun is cancelled on 2021-05-15 – COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

An update on COVID-19 (Coronavirus) and implications for parkrun events from parkrun Global COO Tom Williams

Whilst this is a fast-changing global challenge, we feel it important to provide you with an increased level of clarity so that you can best understand implications for the delivery of parkrun events.

Internally we have established two globally-representative working groups (composed of senior parkrun staff, key volunteers, and medical doctors) who are in continual daily contact and are respectively addressing the strategic and operational implications of COVID-19 on our communities around the world.

Our current overall strategic position is that where specifically recommended or required by health organisations, governments, or landowners, we will close events. This includes where our events may not quite reach the full criteria, such as where gatherings of over 1,000 people are banned; in this situation we will cancel all events in that region regardless of event size.

We also request that events themselves do not cancel due to COVID-19 in the absence of a central instruction from us. This is because we believe doing so may overwhelm other nearby teams with an influx of participants, and increase the amount of travel as parkrunners simply attend other events. Importantly, anyone who would prefer to not volunteer at parkrun events during this time should feel comfortable and supported in their decision.

At the time of writing a number of parkrun events are closed around the world. Where we impose large-scale cancellations across parkrun regions we will directly contact all registered participants in that region, notifying them of the closure.

We believe that during challenging times it is more important than ever that communities are able to come together socially and support each other if appropriate and safe.

Whether or not to close all events within a specific country is a decision we take having discussed the situation at length and in great detail, internally and with external experts.

Where we take the decision to keep events open, we do so in the belief that in the absence of other restrictions such as closed schools and other public facilities, parkrun events present a level of risk of infection that is not significantly greater than going about regular daily life.

Where events remain open, we are not advising any changes at this time to standard event delivery processes (described in the Volunteer Hub), and events should not be providing specific guidance to participants.

Finally, we would ask you all to be vigilant, to refrain from volunteering if you have flu-like symptoms, and to be mindful of the more vulnerable members of your communities.

We continue to monitor the situation on a daily basis, and will provide further updates here as and when appropriate.

Tom Williams
Chief Operating Officer
parkrun Global


Event Statistics – Event 193

14th March 2020

This week 152 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 20 were first timers and 16 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 19 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 13 volunteers:

Mel SIMS • Lucy HARRISON • Ceridwen HOWELL • Chris PALMER • Cat CAMERON • Shirley BROWELL • Dave BARBER • Teresa ABEL • Mark RISEBOROUGH • Rebecca FOWLE • Stephen TWYFORD • Olivia COSLETT • Susan RISEBOROUGH

Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Holkham parkrun Results Page.

The female record is held by Victoria KNIGHT who recorded a time of 17:27 on 15th June 2019 (event number 162).
The male record is held by Sam PROCTOR who recorded a time of 15:34 on 7th September 2019 (event number 170).
The Age Grade course record is held by Eva OSBORNE who recorded 89.59% (29:09) on 14th September 2019 (event number 171).

Holkham parkrun started on 12th December 2015. Since then 8,957 participants have completed 29,649 parkruns covering a total distance of 148,245 km, including 4,673 new Personal Bests. A total of 271 individuals have volunteered 2,562 times.


Event Cancellation 29/2/2020

Once again, I am sorry to be the bearer of sad tidings.

Holkham have held their meeting and asked us not to run tomorrow (29/2/20) as the wind forecast is borderline for closing the park. They would not be comfortable allowing us to set up and then having to evacuate if the windstrength increased so unfortunately we have no option but to cancel tomorrow's event.

Again, we are very sorry that we have had to make this decision, but runner and volunteer safety must always be our priority.

Please all cross your fingers that next week's International Women's Day run can still go ahead, and we still have vacancies for a couple of volunteers next week.

Enjoy your alternative arrangements and hopefully we will see you next week


parkrun cancellation 22.2.20

And it never ends!! As we are again going to experience winds gusts of up to 50mph up to 10am tomorrow, Holkham is operating on a partial opening until this time so there will be no access to the wider parkland. This means that sadly we will have to cancel tomorrow's run. Please accept our apologies for any inconvenience another cancellation may cause but we do need to consider the safety of our runners and volunteers. Hopefully the weather will settle down next week and we can look forward to getting back to normal.


parkrun cancellation 15.2.20

Sadly due to the predicted high winds being brought in by Storm Dennis, parkrun will not be taking place tomorrow morning. Holkham is operating under a partial closure which means that there is no access to the wider parkland. Sorry to disappoint everyone but as we keep saying, your safety first. Fingers crossed, we look forward to seeing you all next week. Don't mention Storm Ellen!!!

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