6 sleeps to go!!
Who’s ready to get back to parkrun then?
A fair few of you we imagine.
As you know the Government is relaxing restrictions placed on individuals. However, the guidance on events still remains as we are all following parkrun’s global COVID framework.
Covid framework main points:
First and foremost we must remind you to not attend if you are required to self-isolate, have tested positive or if you or someone you live with has symptoms.
Both start and finish are in the same place.
The first timers briefing will take place by the parkrun sign at 8:50 as normal.
Maximise the start area space. The tree circle now has fewer bushes on the circumference so you can easily use more of the field. We have purchased a PA speaker so you should all still be able to hear us.
The framework requires us to limit the run brief to 2 minutes in order to minimise the time you are gathered together (some RD’s will find that harder than others!). This does mean that we cannot include milestone or birthday notices but if you send us any photos you take we’ll share them on our Facebook page.
We will be using our normal 3 lap course. We know that it has pinch points but please make good use of the space around where you can.
Sadly, the wooden bridge will not take 200 odd runners pounding over it (times 3) so we will be running around the side of it on the grass. A marshal will be in place to control this.
The finish funnel will be longer to ensure you can stay socially distanced going through it to collect your token.
We will need to keep the scanning queues to a minimum and to do this we will have extra scanners on. If you are a fast finisher and have the Virtual Volunteer app downloaded you could help us here and jump into scanning mode if you see queues building up (just let the Run Director know what you are doing first).
Be ready to hold out your barcode and finish token so that they can be scanned at arms length. Finish tokens can then be placed in our normal tray box for later sorting.
A reminder here that, in line with all other parkrun events, we are unable to accept digital barcodes on phones or watches.
A physical barcode is required and this can either be simply printed on paper, laminated or plastic cards/tags or wristband.
To avoid volunteers huddling around devices in the park, results will be processed later in the day once at home so please allow extra time for them to come through.
As the 5k event restarts so too can 11-14 year olds join back in with junior parkrun from Sunday 25th July.
(not)parkruns will continue alongside the normal events, so if you cannot make Saturday morning you can still be involved.
We’d like to say a big thank you to all those who have logged (not)parkrun times since it started. We do hope it has kept you motivated in some small way and hope to see you at the main event, especially those of you who have joined us during lockdown.
Hope to see you at the start next Saturday!