By David Coverdale For Mailonline
Published: 19:02 BST, 7 September 2020 | Updated: 20:58 BST, 7 September 2020
Parkrun plans to restart at the end of October after the Government finally gave the mass-participation event the green light to return in England.
The free Saturday morning recreational run, which attracts more than 200,000 participants in the UK each week, has been suspended since March because of the coronavirus pandemic.
However, Parkrun organisers have now agreed a Covid-19 framework with the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) which will allow the popular 5km event to come back later next month.
Parkrun plans to restart at the end of October after the Government finally gave the mass-participation event the green light
Tom Williams, the chief operating officer of Parkrun Global, told Sportsmail: ‘Our feelings right now are that the public health benefits of Parkrun significantly outweigh the public health risks of reopening Parkrun events.’
Parkun was founded in Bushy Park, London in 2004 and is now held in 715 locations across England and 22 different countries, with seven million runners registered worldwide.
The new framework for the event will see pre-race briefings limited to a maximum of two minutes and