Dogs have been welcome at parkrun since we started, however, we do recognise that they pose a potential risk to participants, and other park users, and we, therefore, ask that parkrunners with dogs abide by the following principles.
- Please check the event website to confirm whether dogs are allowed
- One dog per parkrunner whether walking, jogging, running or volunteering
- Short hand-held non-extendable leads only - no waist harnesses
- Please stand back at pre-event briefings if your dog is prone to barking. This is to ensure that parkrunners can hear announcements clearly and don't get distracted
- When taking part with a dog please position yourself at the start line according to ability
- Keep your dog on a lead by your side & within arms reach throughout the event
- It is not permitted to participate with a pushchair and a dog at the same time
- Do not register your dog as a parkrunner
- Consider whether the weather/terrain are suitable for your dog
- Please clean up after your dog
- At junior parkrun dogs are not allowed to accompany walkers, joggers, runners or volunteers, with the exception of assistance dogs. You can spectate with your dog on a lead but please stand well back from the course.
Further information for volunteer event teams
This policy should always be stated in the first-timers welcome and pre-event briefings. If an event team sees someone who is not following this rule, they should sensitively discuss the matter with them, and explain that they may not be included in the results in the future.
Please log an incident in each case of participants with dogs not following the new rule at our 5k events but do not exclude them from the results. Head Office will take further action if necessary.
Some local event teams may feel that their locations are not suitable for dogs and parkrun HQ would be happy to discuss the possibility of designating such events as 'dog-free' Similarly, some events may be in locations where there are by-laws or the landowner has a policy forbidding dogs. In these cases, the fact that the event is 'dog-free' is to be clearly communicated on the event website. For assistance with this, event teams are to contact parkrun HQ at email@example.com. At any event that is dog-free, the rule must be consistently and firmly applied.
We will no longer mark performances as ‘assisted’ with a dog but historical records will remain.