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'Disappointment' as start date for King's Lynn parkrun has been announced

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After uncertainty over this year's parkrun start date, this morning directors announced the new national start date of the event as June 26.

There was a debate as to whether to start the event on June 5, after organisers waited for permission from 400 landowners for use of their land.

The news will come as a huge disappointment to the 300,000 people who take part in the free timed 5km event on a typical weekend. However organisers decided they had no choice after just 250 of the 589 venues granted approval – which risked overwhelming those events that had received the go-ahead.

Gary Walker who is the Lynn parkrun director said there is a positive side to the event delay.

He said: "If we start on the 26th then we won't have to adhere to as many restrictions as if we start on June 5. West Norfolk has been approved including the venues at Lynn and Hunstanton."

National boss Nick Pearson said in an announcement: "We’re obviously disappointed not to be back on 5 June,There’s deflation and frustration. But we will do everything we can to ensure events restart on 26 June.”

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