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Setting the scene

parkrun Global Limited (parkrun Global) is a UK-based charity, with a global remit, delivering regular, free, timed, volunteer-organised walking, jogging, running events around the world. We have two distances, both of which welcome walkers, joggers, runners, and volunteers from the age of four upwards.

5k parkrun events take place weekly, on a Saturday, at the same set time each week (start times vary from 7 am - 10 am depending on location), in areas of open space. Junior parkruns take place in the UK, Ireland and Australia; they are weekly, on a Sunday, also at the same set time each week. parkruns are simple to organise and a team of local volunteers manage each event.

5k parkrun events attract people of all ages, including children, who can participate from the age of 4 upwards. Junior parkrun is primarily for children aged 4 to 14, with adults taking on the majority of volunteer roles. Adults can accompany children whilst walking or running at junior parkrun, however, they will not receive a time. For all participants, and children, in particular, participation is primarily for fun, being free from undue pressure from parents, other adults or peers, and in the full understanding, they are participating in a timed walk/jog/run rather than a race.

Unless otherwise specified, the policies, procedures, and guidance in this document refer to both parkrun and junior parkrun events.