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Runners in West Norfolk have been waiting eagerly for Park Run to resume after lockdown, but due to organisers waiting for permission from land-owners, it is uncertain when Park Run will start again.

The national organisers of the popular running event, which attracts hundreds to the Walks in Lynn every Saturday, have sought permission from 400 landowners across the UK.

In order for the event to start on June 5, directors will need replies from all of those who they contacted, in order for the runs to take place.

Gaywood River in The Walks, King's Lynn (44300442)
Gaywood River in The Walks, King's Lynn (44300442)

So far, they have replies and confirmation from 220 landowners and 70 have not responded.

The council have given the green light for Park Run to take place in the West Norfolk locations- Lynn and Hunstanton, but the concern is that the events will not be covid safe if only a small percentage of landowners approve, as sites that have given the go ahead will attract more runners.

Gary Walker, event director for Park Run West Norfolk said: "We have made sure that the event will be covid safe if starting on June 5. However, if only certain places have approval from landowners, then we might see bigger crowds at places such as Lynn. So we have decided to wait until all 400 replies are back to us before announcing the run will start again. Framework on covid measures has been put in place, social distancing rules and changes in start and finish times that ensure there are no queues."

Mr Walker will make another announcement on Friday following decisions from the national directors.

He said: "If we started on June 21 there would be no restrictions so we need to see if June 5 is a suitable date or not. Either way I'm hopeful the event will start next month. The roadmap has been going well and if we start on June 21 there will be less need for restrictions."

It's been 15 months since the last Park Run and Mr Walker is keen to speak about the benefits of the event.

He said: "It's not just the physical side of things, but it's also a great event for mental health. We've been in lockdown for so long and it's important socially to get out in the fresh air and meet other people who like to run."

The event will take place every Saturday at 8.45am.

To find out more go to parkrunuk.com.

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