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Automated External Defibrillator (AED)

We believe parkrun is a safe environment for the community to get together and participate in physical activity as walkers, joggers, runners, or volunteers.

We are working towards a global position where all parkrun events will have direct access to an AED. However, whilst all Australian, Irish, and UK 5k events have this already, coverage does vary around the world.

Where an event does have direct access to an AED we ask that Run Directors mention the whereabouts of the AED in the first timer’s and pre-event brief every week, and ensure that it is detailed in the risk assessment and on the event’s health and safety lanyards.

If an event team know, in advance of their event, that the AED will not be available on the day they must attempt to locate a replacement. If they require assistance, they should contact If by Friday 12 pm local time, this is not possible the event must be cancelled immediately citing this as the reason for cancellation on WebFMS.

However, if when carrying out the pre-event setup, the team find the AED is not available or not in working order, the event may go ahead as long as the situation has been risk assessed and the volunteers know how they would best access a defibrillator in an emergency, and consider the following points.

  • Run Directors must ensure that they inform the participants of the situation in the First Timer’s and Pre-Event Briefings including the available options as noted above. If there is not an alternative AED available the Run Director must let participants know.
  • Future events must be cancelled until an alternate AED is available.
  • The Run Director on the day must log the absence of an AED as an incident in WebFMS including the reason why and what action(s) were taken to minimise the risk.

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