5k parkrun events return to Chester and Ellesmere Port


After a break of more than 16 months, Parkrun is returning to Chester and Ellesmere Port.

The weekly event featured tens of thousands of runners around the world in the 3-mile runs, including at the Countess of Chester Country Park and Whitby Park, Ellesmere Port.

But after the races on March 14, 2020, Parkrun in the UK along with all other events came to an abrupt halt as the Covid pandemic resulted in bans.

However, with the Covid restrictions easing, the Parkrun events have been given the green light to return to England from Saturday July 24th.

Such runs are open to all ages and abilities.

Parkrun’s organizers have emphasized that all events must follow the Covid framework, which requires all participants and volunteers to self-check for Covid symptoms before participating and not to attend, if symptomatic at all.

If possible, people without symptoms should have free lateral flow tests performed.

Walkers and runners are encouraged to keep their distance from others where they can, to stay calm during the pre-race briefing and at the start line, to position themselves in the group where they expect the finish to be, and to allow each other’s personal space respect.

Volunteers are asked to disinfect their hands upon arrival at the course.

Chester Parkrun has hosted 191 events since it started a little over five years ago on July 9, 2016. Since then, more than 10,000 individuals have attended the events.

Attendees were advised that the route had been adjusted slightly and the cross-country portion trimmed before the event returned.

Ellesmere Port Parkrun has been running since October 18, 2014 and has hosted 277 races, of which almost 5,000 people have completed the course.

Unfortunately, due to separate Covid regulations for Wales, Wepre Park across the border has to wait a little longer to host Parkrun again.

The Wepre Park course is notorious among participants for being one of the steepest courses in the UK, but the roller coaster route is still enjoyed by those who cover the distance.

Those who like it a little slower can join the new Countess of Chester Country Park hiking group, which meets every Friday at 1pm on the park’s Friendly Bench from July 30th.