COVID-19 Framework

News from parkrun

Earlier this week we announced we had completed our COVID-19 Framework, describing how events will operate in countries where an underlying level of community infection still remains.

We’d also like to stress that as part of our strategy to return we took the decision to separate defining the way events should be reopened, from deciding the date when that process would be considered safe.

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.

Please do listen to our COVID-19 Framework discussion, available now in this week’s episode of Free Weekly Timed.

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

Many thanks for your continued patience, understanding, and support.

Tom Williams
Chief Operating Officer
parkrun Global


International Women’s Day

Looking forward to the International Women's Day parkrun on Saturday 7th March! See you there!



Festive parkruns

This year, we're holding a parkrun on Christmas Day (9am) and New Year's Day (10:30am)


Festive parkruns

We won't be having a parkrun on Christmas Day, but there will be a New Year's Day parkrun at 10:30am.


Our new course launches on 15 September, 2018!

Here's a film, directions and map to show you the route:


• Start at the basketball court next to children's play area
• Run straight along the central path with the hedgerow on your left
1. After approximately 400 metres turn left at the crossroads and then take the right fork to remain on the raised path above the lake (the causeway). The lake will be on your left hand side.
2. Turn left at the end of this path to join the lake and run once around the lake keeping the lake on your left
3. Exit the lake up the slope and turn right at the junction to run back past the start, continuing past the basketball court along the central path with the hedgerow on your right
4. At the end of the path by the museum carpark turn left
5. When reaching the line of trees on your left, turn left to run along the rear of the tree line and continue in a straight line
6. There will be a very minor deviation as you reach the play park to avoid disruption to other park users
7. Continue straight and, at the end of the last football pitch on your left turn left to rejoin the path and continue on the raised path behind the lake as per lap 1
8. Complete a second lap of the lake exiting up the hill and back along the central path
• Finish near to the museum car park.


This week’s trial course – 24 March 2018

We are getting closer to the end of our trial routes with another different one for this week (24th March 2018). We are doing these trials to future proof against our continuing growth and the congestion that this can cause on the narrow section of the lake when overtaking is in full swing in the mid part of the run. We had lots of positive feedback about the trial route last week although the two way congestion up the hill to King Harry Lane and our domination of the four way junction could prove to be a sticking point!

No automatic alt text available.This week we will do another adaptation of the original lake course.

The route:
We will gather in and around the basketball court just beyond the playground for the start. Marshals will usher you there from the normal starting point so don't worry! From there, we will head to the junction and round the lake once anti-clockwise as normal, before coming back up from the lake and back up the yellow brick road to the old start/finish. Then you'll head left and left again, following the tree line and staying off the football pitches before rejoining the path and heading back to the lake via the carriage way behind the toilets, then round the lake anti-clockwise again before heading back to the hold finish near the Museum car park.

We hope you like it. Be sure to thank all the volunteers, particularly those who've spent a while staking out another potential route, and we look forward to your feedback!



THIS WEEK’S ROUTE (17 March 2018)

We are getting to the end of our trial routes with another different one for this week (17th March 2018). We are doing these trials to future proof against our continuing growth and the congestion that this can cause on the narrow section of the lake when overtaking is in full swing in the mid part of the run. We had lots of positive feedback about the trial route last week although the grass took a bit of a hammering near the cafe.

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This week we will stay on the tarmac the whole way except for the last 100 metres to the finish.

The route:
Start at the usual starting point, head along the path and down to the lake as usual. Complete one lap of the lake in the usual anti clockwise direction. After completing the first lap exit the lake and head up the Causeway on the right hand side towards King Harry Lane. At the top of the causeway, complete a U turn around the bollard (and Marshall!) and head back down, again staying in your right. At the bottom of the hill you will be directed right towards Westminster Lodge and then very soon back towards the lake. You will then join the bottom section of the Causeway running behind the toilets towards the Fighting Cock and will rejoin the lake. Complete a second and final lap of the lake exiting in the usual way back towards the start. Run behind the start and up the far path towards the tree line and you will see the finish.

Remember ..... it might be a long uphill towards King Harry Lane but .... what goes up also comes down!!

Please, as ever, give us your feedback after this trial. We will soon be in a position to make a decision about whether there is a more suitable route or whether we stay as we have been and accept the congestion.

Enjoy the change of scenery and remember .... pedestrians on the Causeway will not be expecting us so please be considerate as they have as much right to be there as us.



Image may contain: dog, outdoor and natureANNOUNCEMENT: The highly trained St Albans parkrun canine course inspectors have been out this afternoon and have pronounced that, subject to an 8am inspection, we will be going ahead 3/3/18. We'll be on the off-road course, which starts in the normal place. Bring trail shoes if you have them. It's at your own risk of course, and BE CAREFUL, but the hounds tell us that it's more snowy than icy at present.



THIS WEEK’S ROUTE (3rd March, 2018)

No automatic alt text available.We hope you all enjoyed the loop around Seabrook Meadow last Saturday (who knew that area of the park had a name?!) and if you didn’t, don’t worry, it’s not included in this weeks course! As a reminder, we are spending a few weeks trialling possible new routes to see if there is anything better suited to our ever increasing numbers - nothing is decided yet!

Please see the map for the course we will be running this weekend. Please note this weeks start position is on the path that leads to the hypocaust. We will have marshals to direct you to the new start point and both the new runners and main briefings will take place at this start area. It is 3 anti-clockwise large laps, that take you on the grass round the edge of the Inn On The Park garden and back to the main path. On your 3rd time through the hedgeline, you will turn right to finish in the usual place.

Things to note this week:
- It is a different start location, but if you go to the usual place, there will be people to direct you. Please be there in time for the briefings (volunteers, meet by the bench at 8:30 as usual, thank you)
- Please keep left as much as possible throughout the run to allow safe passing (as normal)
- Take care when rejoining the main path by the tennis courts as there may be other park users on the path. Please listen to the marshal(s) instructions, and slow down if necessary
- At the end of your third lap, the right turn onto the main path towards the finish is quite sharp

We look forward to seeing you on Saturday!

DISCLAIMER: This is all weather dependent. We will inspect the course on Saturday morning and if the paths are not safe due to the weather, we will be doing our offroad course!


Festive St Albans parkrun calendar

9am Saturday 23 December
9am Saturday 30th December
10:30am Monday 1st January aka New Year's Day
9am Saturday 6th January

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