Leeds parkrun 5k events delayed again despite Council confirming runs can resume

Parkrun has announced that it has been "forced" to delay the planned reopening of its 5k events in Leeds and across England on June 5.

Friday, 21st May 2021, 6:00 am
Pictured: 500th Woodhouse Moor Parkrun in March 2017 taken by Jonathan Gawthorpe

Leeds City Council confirmed last week that parkrun events will be able to restart in Leeds, such as those in Woodhouse Moor, Bramley Park and Roundhay Park.

The parks across Leeds were included in more than 250 parkrun events that had received landowner permission to return at the start of June.

However, this falls short of the critical mass needed to prevent overwhelming of those that have been go-ahead - with more than three three million registered parkrunners across England.

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Parkrun organisers said that with around 300,000 people taking part on a typical weekend, only opening a small subset of parkruns is not viable.

They are engaging in ongoing discussions with landowners who are withholding permission and hope to target a start date of Saturday, June 26 for all parkrun events across England.

This new date will be confirmed on Friday, June 11.

A full list of events that currently have permission can be found here.

Nick Pearson, parkrun Global CEO said: “We will continue to work hard with landowners over the coming weeks to secure the permissions needed to return at the end of June.

"We are incredibly grateful to all of the landowners who have granted events permission to return so far, and for the groundswell of support for parkrun over recent days.

"Although it is disappointing not to be able to return on 5 June, we are still optimistic that we can return parkrun events to nearly 600 communities across England very soon.

"We will do everything we can to ensure events restart on 26 June.”

Parkrun has had legal permission to return from March, as part of Step 1 of the government's lockdown roadmap.

The events were suspended in the country after the first Covid-19 lockdown was implemented in March 2020.