Parkrun removes all age, gender and course records from its websites following transgender row

Athletics / Thu 8th Feb 2024 at 05:32pm

PARKRUN has stopped showing its fastest finishers after a row over trans-athletes holding female records.

The organisers have emailed local organisers informing them that statistics such as course records, most first-place finishes, and age grade records will no longer be published.

Historic data outlining the identity of the fastest male and female athlete to complete each 5km course has already been hidden from view for participants.

Harlow’s parkrun set in the grounds of the town park, has been running since November 2014. Over 300 participants take part each week.

A Parkrun spokeswoman said the changes were part of long-term strategy on inclusivity.

She said: ‘We try hard to make sure the information we share is consistent with our values, and that, in all that we do, we continue to find ways to remove barriers to registration and participation.

‘What was clear is that there was a disconnect between the performance data displayed so prominently on the site, and our mission to create opportunities for as many people as possible to take part in Parkrun events – especially those who are anxious about activities such as Parkrun, but who potentially have an enormous amount to gain.

‘Based on the conclusions and recommendations of the project group, we will no longer publish data such as most first finishes, sub 17 men and sub 20 women, and age grade or category speed records. 

‘Alongside these, as part of our ongoing data protection improvements, the search function has been removed.’

As we work towards the objectives set out in our five year strategy we’ll continue to take steps to ensure that everyone is able to enjoy Parkrun for what it is: a free community event and an opportunity to be active, social and outside in a non-competitive, inclusive and welcoming environment.’

Mara Yamauchi, a former British Olympic runner, accused Parkrun of ‘choosing to prioritise men who want to run as ‘female’ over fairness for females’.

She wrote on Twitter: ‘It will be interesting to see how Parkrunners react to all this data disappearing. I predict that a lot of men will be fed up about it.

‘If males continue participating in [females] category (at least one did last Sat), I will continue speaking up.’

The feelings of all females should never matter less than the feelings of a few trans-identifying males.’

She added on social media: ‘Keep sport fair for both sexes!’

Your Harlow has been in contact with Ms Yamauchi and hopes to interview her next week.

We also hope to speak to Harlow park runners and see how they feel.

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9 Comments for Parkrun removes all age, gender and course records from its websites following transgender row:

2024-02-08 18:20:00

Maybe we now need Male Female and Trans categories in every sport or we will be in danger of obliterating biological females from sports

2024-02-08 18:33:42

It just needs a separate trans category, simple. Although of course people who want to cheat will probably say they're female regardless. I know park run isn't technically a race but times and chasing records etc is an important part of it for many people.

2024-02-08 18:36:49

Although tbh I think it'd nicer if it was non competitive and people just keep track of their own times for self development. It's never been a race. Course records etc just run the risk of trophy collectors and elitism in something that was intended as a relaxed inclusive run

2024-02-08 19:15:15

a separate trans category is all that is needed. erasing peoples achievements in the name of political correctness is just ridiculous. the simple and best answer is leave it as it was accept the past as the past and create a new trans category for this year. fair to everyone lets people who have worked hard to achieve the times they got to keep their achievement on record i fail to see the problem

2024-02-08 19:44:50

Pathetic country.

Not a snowflake
2024-02-08 20:24:29

Perhaps a way round this is to set up an alternative event for those who want to ‘compete’. The end result of this form of inclusion will be open events only for all sports.

2024-02-08 21:03:42

People will still have their times they don't need to be declared in the website. It's not a race. The only thing that this changes is how the times are recorded. A fun run, which this is, doesn't need result categories. The gender issue is irrelevant for the park run. If you want to compete against others there's plenty of races. Park run is for people to compete against themselves . Or to just do it for the sake of getting out there.

2024-02-08 21:44:58

This country is for losers, you can’t compete because you might upset someone! If this upsets you then don’t compete… if your a man and want to compete against women then organise your own race…. Stop ruining events for others

Kim Scot
2024-02-08 22:17:16

This whole trans business is an affront to women and nothing more than misogyny to erase women and their rights. Biological men are men! To treat them as women in competition is an outrage. The backlash against this wokery will strike with a vengence as history shows.