Midweek update – 20th August 2021


So not long until we're back at Shorne, although currently it looks like we're about to  break the sequence of wet weather followed by dry, as tomorrow is actually forecast to be dry again!


Road Works on A2 (around Bluewater)

If you currently planning on travelling to Shorne on the A2 through Bean, Bluewater & Ebsfleet, or indeed any other trip using this route, please be aware that there will be diversions around this area all weekend as they replace the bridge by Bluewater.  You can find full details here: https://highwaysengland.co.uk/our-work/south-east/a2-bean-and-ebbsfleet-junction-improvements/ .



If you are planning on joining us at Shorne tomorrow, we are still on the lookout for a few volunteers, including marshals, barcode scanners, funnel manager and first timers briefing.  If you are able to help please drop us an email: shornewoods@parkrun.com.

Looking forward to seeing you in the morning,





Restart of parkrun at Shorne Woods


There are a few changes to parkrun at Shorne Woods, the above will make a bit more sense as you read through the update below...

 Important Information on the Restart of parkrun @ Shorne Woods Country Park

So with the imminent return of parkrun at Shorne Woods (Saturday 24th July) we thought it would be useful to let you know about a few changes to how the event will operate for the immediate future.

All parkruns are working within the parkrun framework (which if you're interested you can read here), and this is what is informing most of the changes below:

When you arrive at Shorne Woods Country Park:

- Firslty please remember the Country Park hasn't had this sort of event on for the last 16 months, which means the park users (new & old) won't be expecting us to be there, or even if they've seen the signs, or posts on social media, may not have an appreciation of what it means for parkrun to be on, so please be mindful of this at all times.

- In addition for park users, and your fellow parkrunners, please remember we're all at different stages of what we're comfortable to do after 16 months of restrictions, so please be considerate at all times, and if that means stopping mid run to give someone the space, please do - as well as being the right thing to do, there will always be next week to have another crack at parkrun.

- On the subject of space, to allow more room for everyone to spread out before the start, the meeting point has moved, and we'll now be gathering (socially distanced) by the toilet block that can be found towards back of the carpark


The new meeting place before the event

- If this is your first time coming along to parkrun, or visiting Shorne Woods parkrun, we will have a briefing to take you through everything you need to know at 8.50am (although it's all very straightforward).  If you are joining us for the first time and haven't registered for parkrun, you can do that here.

- The pre-run briefing for all parkrunners will start at 8.55am sharp (for any regulars that know our track record for timekeeping, once you'd stopped laughing, we know you'll be sceptical about our ability to deliver this, but this is the intent).

The course:

- We will then walk you down to the start, which is now in front of the green by the play area (which is also where the finish is for anyone that's run here before).  And please aim to position yourself based on the time you're expecting to run, (i.e. fastest to the front, slower towards the back) which will help avoid congestion as the run gets underway.

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The bonus walk from the carpark to the new start line

- Large amounts pf the pathway we use has been relaid, giving you a nice smooth run for much of the lap.  However you'll notice in bottom left hand photo above the edging on the path, PLEASE BE AWARE that in some places on the course this edging is raised above the level of the path, so does present a trip hazard.

- For those that have run at Shorne Woods before, you'll realise we've taken a chunk out of the existing course, so to ensure you still get to enjoy the full 5k, we've added a dog-leg section towards the end of the lap.

- This is on the large wide path, were previously you'd have turned left to run down towards the bridge at the end of the lap.  However you'll now carry straight on (as though you're running towards the carpark) for the out and back of the dog-leg, before continuing on the path towards the bridge - you'll do this on each lap.

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Rather than bearing left, you now head straight on towards the carpark (keeping right on the path), before doing a U-turn just by the bench and returning to the normal route down towards the small wooden bridge

- For the first few weeks at least, we'll have an extra marshal to direct you down towards the turnaround point, and there will be cones and signs out as well.

- This section does have the potential to cause some congestion with parkrunners & park users, and we'll do our best to make space for everyone, however please be prepared to slow, stop, or move out of the way of others if needed.

The Finish:

While the layout is largely unchanged, there are some important tweaks to what you need to do.

- Firstly when you get to the end of the funnel, please hold your hand out to receive the token.

- When around the finish area please respect social distancing guidelines at all times

- Once you're ready to have your finish token and personal barcode scanned, take these over to the scanners and hold them out to be scanned, however rather than handing over the position token once it's been scanned, you now need to drop the token into the tub that will be close by.

- We also need to have more people scanning than previously, as we need 1 person scanning for every 50 parkrunners (which for Shorne Woods is going to be minimum of 4 to 5 people each week).  We'll always hope to have 2 or 3 people on the roster, however if you are running and can help out with a bit of scanning afterwards that would be hugely appreciated (you just need the parkrun app downloaded on your phone).


As ever we're always on the lookout for volunteers, and if you would like to help out, you can see the see positions available for future events here, and once you've picked a role just drop us an email (shornewoods@parkrun.com).

On the morning we'll have hand santiser available to use for all volunteers, and we'll have a volunteer coordinator to make sure you have any kit you need, and take you through anything you need to know for the morning.  If you are volunteering on scanning or timing, we now only use the parkrun app (which you'll need to download onto your phone).  For those scanning barcodes, we're limiting the number of parkrunners scanned to 50 for each volunteer, which is aimed at limiting the number of contacts, and the time everyone is waiting around the finish area.  Any questions on helping out, please feel free to drop us an email (shornewoods@parkrun.com).

Post parkrun coffee & cake

The cafe will still be open for takeaway only, so you are more than welcome to grab a post parkrun coffee & cake,  however masks will need to be worn when inside the cafe/visitor centre to purchase your post parkrun treat!


We appreciate there's a lot to take in, however hopefully on the morning it will feel fairly familiar (although maybe not normal!) and there will be plenty of volunteers around that can answer any questions you have - and also point you in the right direction.  If you do have any questions please feel free to drop us an email, or alternatively ask someone in a pink hi-viz at the event.


We can't wait to see you on the 24th July, when Saturdays become parkrunday all over again!


The Shorne Woods parkrun Core Team


parkrun Restart delayed until 24th July

Following the Government annoucement yesterday delaying the easing of restrictions in England, please see announcement below from parkrun confirming that parkruns in England will not now restart until the 24th July (this includes Shorne Woods parkrun).  The good news is, this feels a bit more like a when, rather than if, we return...


Following the announcement this evening from the Prime Minister, confirming a delay to Step 4 of the Roadmap until Monday 19 July 2021, it is now our intention that 5k events in England will restart on Saturday 24 July.

A huge amount of work has been done in recent weeks to ensure we have permission to return from the large majority of landowners. Whilst this delay is disappointing, we respect the fact that a significant number of these permissions were contingent on the country moving into Step 4, and we will therefore target a new reopening date of Saturday 24 July.



One step closer to opening!

More good news, although not quite there yet...

So today parkrun announced that enough landowner permissions had been received for parkruns in England to restart!  The provisional date for the restart in England, as well as for Shorne Woods, remains the 26th June.  However this date depends on the Government announcement regarding lifting the final Covid restrictions, which is due to take place on Monday (14th June), at which point parkrun HQ will make a further annoucement on restarting parkrun.  You can read the full annoucement from parkrun here:


We are delighted to announce that more than 500 events have full landowner permission to return, which means we now have enough permissions to confirm a restart date for 5k parkrun in England on Saturday 26 June.

This is subject to the Government communication on Monday 14 June, after which we will make a further statement confirming our position.

There is now a strong consensus from landowners and public health officials, right across the country, that the return of parkrun – a free-to-access public health initiative – is vital as we look to improve our physical and mental health in the wake of the Coronavirus pandemic.

We would like to place on record our thanks to the hundreds of landowners, directors of public health, the UK Government, parliamentarians from across the political spectrum, the Local Government Association, Sport England, mayors, press and media, public figures, parkrun volunteers, and the wider parkrun community for their incredible efforts during what has undoubtedly been a difficult time.

It has always been hard to define the absolute level of permission required in order for parkrun to resume, or even a target percentage that would get us there. Therefore, in order to make our decision as to whether or not we could reopen parkrun across England, without excessive pressure being placed on individual events, we took into account many different factors, such as size of events, proximity of events to others, ease of travel between events, the number of participants registered to events, and average and maximum attendances.

It did, of course, come down to the wire. For example, as recently as yesterday morning, out of 160,000 parkrunners in the North East, 100,000 were registered to an event without permission. Thanks to some incredible work by a number of individuals and organisations, by this morning that number had dropped to 8,000 people, with 94% of North East parkrunners now registered to an event with landowner permission.

Following a careful review of the information available, we now have a high degree of confidence that, when events do return, they will be safe, enjoyable, and accessible for all those who wish to take part in social, outdoor, physical activity, with their local community.

For the remainder of events where we don’t yet have permission in place, we remain committed to doing everything we can to work with local event teams and landowners to see if we can secure the permission needed for their return.

We know that, on Monday, the Prime Minister will be confirming the details and timing of Step 4, and that his announcement may have a material impact on our ability to reopen on 26 June. However, we are celebrating today, as we now know that parkrun will return in England before too long, and we cannot wait to see the magic of parkrun enjoyed by hundreds of thousands of participants every week, very soon.


Tom Williams

Chief Operating Officer


You can see a list of all events that currently have permission to return here.


Permission for parkrun to return to Shorne!


Permission to Return to Shorne Woods!

So today we're delighted to be able to let you know that Kent County Council have given us permission to return to Shorne Woods!  We'll let you digest that piece of news after 15 months without parkrun, before reading on for some important caveats to that news...

...now you may have seen the various communications from parkrun HQ about the need to have a significant majority of events in England with permission to return before we can restart.  This ensures that those events able to restart (which would hopefully be all of them) aren't over run because surrounding events aren't on.  We'll find out this Friday (11th June) whether this is going to happen, and if parkrun do give the green light, the earliest we'd be restarting is the 26th June.

The other factor is the update from the Government on easing the final set of restrictions (scheduled for the 21st June) and depending on what is announced, this may also impact our return date.  The Government is currently due to make this annoucenment on the 14th June, at which point parkrun will give a final "go/no go for restart!" after that.

Once we have confirmation of our start date, we'll let you know on here, along with facebook, twitter and instagram, but also we'll share the changes that you can expect to find when we do return.  The fundementals are the same, however you won't be surprised to hear that there will be a few changes to how we and the Country Park operate.

We're hugely appreciative of Kent County Council giving us permission to return, and this is a huge first step to Saturday mornings returning to parkrunday!  However please keep an eye out for further updates, as we've still a couple more steps to take first before we know exactly when we'll be back.

Happy Wednesday Everyone!

Your Shorne Woods parkrun Core Team

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