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Harlow Council give green light for parkrun to resume

Athletics / Thu 20th May 2021 at 07:55pm

HARLOW Council has given permission for the very popular parkrun to resume.

Parkrun is a 5km (3.1 mile) run that took place every Saturday morning around the town park.

Harlow’s run, like every other run n the country stopped in March 2020 due to the pandemic.

The government have the national organisers permission to return on Saturday June 5th as long as the run had permission of the landowners.

YH understands that Harlow Council officers and the organisers of Harlow’s parkrun have gone to great lengths to get all necessary plans in place.

Councillor Joel Charles, Deputy Leader of Harlow Council, said:  “We have given permission for the safe return of Harlow parkrun in the Town Park from the 5th of June. Thanks must go to the local parkrun organisers for working closely with us to complete the required risk assessments. These assessments are important because they provide clarity about how Harlow parkrun can resume in a way that maintains public safety and meets the conditions set out in the Government rules for outdoor activities and events.

“Harlow parkrun has always been a popular weekend event. It is important to encourage more people to get outdoors as lockdown restrictions continue to ease. Running is good for both mental and physical wellbeing. The weekly fun run has been missed in the Town Park and we look forward to its return. Harlow joins over 240 other areas which have given permission so far nationally. An announcement is expected on this Friday, 20th of May from parkrun UK about its view on the viability of events being able to return on the 5th of June. Our position is clear – Harlow parkrun can return safely.” 

The national organisers of parkrun will now make a decision on Friday morning as to whether enough landowners have given permission to make it viable for a June 5th start.

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