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We recently published our new global five year strategy that sets out the direction for the future.


Whilst we say that every parkrun event takes place every week, all year round, event teams should feel perfectly comfortable cancelling where participant safety is at risk or the course is unavailable.

The most common reasons for events being cancelled are:

  • Weather - for example, the course is flooded or too icy, or if high winds or other weather conditions may have left some parts of the course unpassable or dangerous.
  • Flooding - if the course is unsafe or has unsafe sections, (unable to see the surface below) due to flooding/excess water levels.
  • Lightning - If lightning is present or in the vicinity of the event.
  • Other events - parkruns usually take place in public places, which will occasionally be used for other events that affect our courses. These could be things like fairs or other sporting events.
  • Unavailable AED - if there is no working AED available then, in line with parkrun policy, the event has to be cancelled.

If the approved course is not available then the event should be cancelled. Events can change a course if required, however, this isn’t allowed for one off events or for a nominal number of weeks due to the administration required.

Events can also be cancelled due to insufficient volunteers. We don’t like to see this happen and therefore ask event teams to get in touch with their Ambassador or parkrun HQ as soon as possible so we can assist with strategies to recruit volunteers.

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How to Cancel

If event teams do need to cancel, the following process should be followed:

  • Select event cancellations from the menu within WebFMS or EMS and follow the prompts to clarify event name, date, and reason for cancellation.
  • This action will trigger several changes to the event website; populating the volunteer roster for that date with the words ‘no event’ and the appearance of a red notice of cancellation banner on the home page and news page of the event website. It may take up to an hour to show the cancellation on the event website.

If the decision to cancel is made before event day these additional actions apply:

  • Volunteers rostered for the cancelled event are to be notified, This can be done by selecting the appropriate week via WebFMS or EMS, clicking ‘send reminder’ under the ‘event actions’ tab. In WebFMS or EMS, event teams will need to manually edit the content of the email in order to relate it to the cancellation of the event.
  • Use the event social media accounts and pre-event briefings as a reminder to the community that the event will be cancelled on a specific date.

Cancellations can happen right up to the scheduled start time and/or during the actual event if it is felt that it cannot continue for some reason.

If the decision to cancel is made on the day these additional actions apply:

  • Make an announcement at the normal meeting point, giving the reasons for cancellation, if it is safe to do so.
  • Place an item on the event news page explaining why it has been/was cancelled at short notice.
  • Place notices on the event’s social media platforms informing the community that the event is cancelled.
  • The image below can be used on social media for 5k events.
  • The image below can be used on social media for junior events.
Event Cancelled

Volunteer rosters

For events that are cancelled, the run director decides who is eligible for a volunteer credit on that occasion and the run director should then update and confirm the roster.

For events cancelled in advance of event day, they should consider who has performed a volunteer role during the week e.g. volunteer coordinator, run director, communications person. As roles such as timekeeper, marshal have not been performed, these roles would not warrant a credit.

For events that are cancelled, the run director decides who is eligible for a volunteer credit on that occasion and they should then update and confirm the roster within five days of the cancelled event.

If in doubt, please credit the volunteers and/or chat to your event director/ambassador or contact us via for further support.

Cancellations should never be reversed. It is important that parkrunners take our announcements seriously, don’t turn up on the off-chance that we change our minds, and, importantly, it is not fair on those who choose not to attend and make other arrangements.

The Run Director at an event has the ultimate authority to cancel and cannot be overruled in this situation. They should always err on the side of caution and be supported in that decision by their fellow volunteers.