Sheffield Parkruns won't restart until end of June at earliest
Sheffield’s popular Parkruns, which hoped to restart this weekend, will now not return until the end of June at the earliest, national organisers say.
The popular Saturday morning mass 5k runs attract hundreds of people and Greg Fell, director of Public Health Sheffield announced the planned restart date last month, with events due to take place at Endcliffe, Graves, Concord, Millhouses, Hillsborough and Manor Fields parks.
The national Parkrun organisation said that the delay was down to a lack of permission from many landowners across the country, leading to the decision to hold back. Sunday morning 2k Junior Parkruns have already returned, however, but only for children aged four to 10.
Parkrun announced: “With more than three million people registered to parkrun in England, and 300,000 participants on a typical weekend, it simply isn’t safe or sensible for us to allow a small subset of events to resume.
“Since then we have been working hard with our various stakeholders to improve the percentage to great success, and we remain positive for the new restart date of Saturday, June 26, a decision on which will be made on Friday, June 11.”
All the events are free to join and are run entirely by volunteers. Runners, who need to register on the Parkrun website before they go on their first run, are encouraged to go at their own pace and compete against the clock rather than each other. Lots of events end with a coffee nearby the venue.
For more updates, go to www.parkrun.org.uk or follow the organisation on social media.