Parkrun events will resume on June 26 in the United Kingdom.
Parkrun events may resume in England as early as June 26, according to the organization.
The free 5k Saturday morning event was set to resume on June 5, but parkrun reported that only roughly 250 of the 589 sites that had previously hosted the weekly run had given permission for it to resume.
However, the organization announced on Friday that over 500 events have received “full landowner approval to return” before the end of the month.
“There is now a strong consensus among landowners and public health officials across the country that the return of parkrun – a free-to-access public health initiative – is critical as we seek to improve our physical and mental health in the aftermath of the Coronavirus pandemic,” according to a statement.
According to Parkrun, 100,000 runners in the North East were registered to an event without permission as of Thursday AM, but that number had dropped to barely 8,000 by Friday afternoon.
“Following a comprehensive examination of the available information, we now have a high degree of confidence that, when events do resume, they will be safe, fun, and accessible for all individuals who choose to engage in social, outdoor, physical activity with their local community,” the statement continued.
“For the remaining events for which we do not yet have authorization, we will continue to do everything we can to work with local event teams and landowners to see if we can gain the necessary permissions for their return.”
However, the organizers stated that the decision was contingent on any revisions to Boris Johnson’s road map, which was unveiled on Monday.
On a Saturday morning in England, we can’t wait to see local communities reunited in the fresh air, socializing together in the great outdoors.
“We are very happy to be able to report today that we have enough landowner licences to safely restore our 5k parkrun events across England on Saturday 26 June as planned,” said Tom Williams, chief operating officer.
“Of course, this is contingent on any revisions to the Prime Minister’s road map. (This is a brief piece.)