For the first time in 16 months, Parkrun has announced that it is restarting its weekly 5k events in Gloucestershire and across the country this July 2021.
Runners can finally get back to racing against the clock and beating those personal bests with the support and encouragement of their fellow runners in the community, as the large majority of its 5k events across the UK are planned to restart this Saturday 24 July 2021.
Parkruns are due to place at various locations across the county, including Pittville Park and the King George V Playing Fields in Cheltenham; Kingsway, Plock Court and Gloucester Park in Gloucester; Stratford Park in Stroud; Chipping Norton; Cirencester; Newent; Stonehouse; Tetbury; Tewkesbury; and Wotton-under-Edge.
For the safety of those taking part, Parkrun events will follow a ‘Covid Framework’, developed in collaboration with Sport England and the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS), which will be in place in all locations, including Gloucestershire, for the foreseeable future.
As part of the framework, all participants and volunteers must self-test for Covid-19 symptoms prior to attending any of the events – with Parkrun reminding anyone with symptoms not to attend.
Local public health advice also recommends that anyone without symptoms should use free Lateral Flow Device tests where possible.
All ages and abilities are welcome to join in the free events but under 11s must be accompanied by an adult.
Some events may still be cancelled for other reasons, so Parkrun is encouraging anyone wishing to attend to check their local Parkrun event page and social media to make sure the event is definitely going ahead before travelling to the venue.
By Zoe Gater
Thursday 22 July 2021
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