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... 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


The road to parkrun returning…

May be an image of food, tree, grass and nature if you haven't seen the news, following the publication of the Government's roadmap for exiting lockdown for England, parkrun have also puplished their plans for restarting junior and 5k parkruns (for England only).  As with the Government plans, parkrun dates for restarting are dependent on a number of factors, however you can find the full annoucement (including those all important dates here).

As and when parkrun provide any updates we'll share them on here, as well as our facebook page, however you can also find updates on the parkrun UK website, along with parkrun UK facebook page.

That's it for now, however if you're after something parkrun related to keep you going until June, you always have (not)parkrun where you can register your 5k runs on the parkrun website (full details here), a couple of parkrun podcasts, including the official parkrun podcast free weekly timed, along with the independent with me now, plus there's also lots of video content to be found on the parkrun youtube page.





Be More Barrie! Barrie Howes Memorial Run 6 October 2020

Please see the following message from Sharon, who is organising a memorial run for her friend, and regular parkrunner and parkrun volunteer, Barrie Howes, who sadly died following an accident earlier this year:
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Be More Barrie! Barrie Howes Memorial Run 6 October 2020
"I am organising this virtual run in memory of a good friend of many years, Barrie, who sadly lost his life in an accident in July of this year.
Barrie was such an inspirational person and so full of life, so it is very hard to think of him not being here anymore. He overcame major heart surgery and went on to raise thousands of pounds over the years for the British Heart Foundation by trekking to Everest Base Camp and Machu Picchu to name just a few places.
He loved all the training to get fit enough to take part in the treks and as part of that got into running. He was a regular at his local parkrun at Shorne Woods Country Park along with his wife, Claire and their Westie, George supporting him and became very involved with the parkrun from token sorting to running as a pacer helping others to achieve the best run they could.
That was Barrie all over, always wanting to help others and even in death by donating his liver and kidneys he gave to others and improved the life of three people.
He was always up for a challenge and loved life, so to ‘Be More Barrie!’ is the best tribute to him.
This virtual event is to run or walk 5km on or around 6th October, which would’ve been Barrie’s 58th birthday.
There is a minimum donation of £10 to enter. Please email if you would like to enter. Proof of your run/walk to then be sent to me after 6 October and in return you will receive a lovely soft enamel pin badge to wear with pride and with all proceeds going to the British Heart Foundation in Barrie’s memory. If you have something red to wear while doing the run, please wear that and send me a selfie as I am looking to create a collage of everyone in red for the British Heart Foundation.
Thank you!

(not)parkrun – weeks 4 + 5


So it's been a couple of weeks since the last update, and in that time we've seen a (not)attendance equalling record of 35, along with 9 first timers and 22 PBs!

The following parkrunners achieved a (not)parkrun PB:

Sorcha Clark (twice!), John Christopher Collins, Leigh Donovan, Oliver Harden (twice!), Alison Chapman, John WIlliams, Lawrence Aspinall, Julie Aspinall, Susan Holland, Tracy Chapman, Donna Reekie (twice!), Richard Palmer, Peter Granger, Maggie Harris, Sally Callaghan, Tony Downs, Becky Baxter, Ian Connelly, Hilary Jones.

Congratulations to all of you!

Of those listed above, Donna Reekie, has now got three PBs in three weeks, while Leigh Donovan and Susan Holland join Donna on three in three as they achieved PBs in the previous two weeks!


If you're new to (not)parkrun, you can find out everything you need to know here .  However just to clarify this isn't a replacement for parkrun, doesn't count towards any parkrun run counts, but is a bit of fun to keep us distracted while we wait for parkrun's return.

Look forward to seeing who makes it onto week 6's (not)parkrun results table.