Parkrun could soon be returning to the Stray in Harrogate after 500 events gained landowner permission.
Organisers discovered that the majority of landowners were reluctant to give the go-ahead for the event to return, meaning that they could not allow just some events to resume due to overcrowding.
However the national 5km event now has enough permissions to confirm a return date of Saturday 26th June.
Tom Williams, Chief Operating Officer for parkrun, said:
“It has always been hard to define the absolute level of permission required in order for parkrun to resume, or even a target percentage that would get us there.
“Therefore, in order to make our decision as to whether or not we could reopen parkrun across England, without excessive pressure being placed on individual events, we took into account many different factors, such as size of events, proximity of events to others, ease of travel between events, the number of participants registered to events, and average and maximum attendances.”
Organisers are now just waiting on the green light from the government, which should come on Monday (14th June), before making a further statement to confirm their position.
“We know that, on Monday, the Prime Minister will be confirming the details and timing of Step 4, and that his announcement may have a material impact on our ability to reopen on 26 June.
“However, we are celebrating today, as we now know that parkrun will return in England before too long, and we cannot wait to see the magic of parkrun enjoyed by hundreds of thousands of participants every week, very soon.”
Parkrun was initially given government permission to return in March, having worked alongside the DCMS, Public Health England and Sport England to produce a framework for its safe return.
However organisers have found that the majority of landowners and local councils – not including Harrogate Borough Council who backed it to return to the Stray – were reluctant to give the go-ahead until now.