Every Parkrun in the North East, and the rest of the country, will be cancelled until the end of March – although it is likely this will be extended.
In a letter to runners, organisers said: “Initially, this closure will be in place until the end of March, however this is largely to bring all parkrun countries into the same time frame and we very much expect closures to continue through April at least.
“Going forward we will update parkrunners regularly and aim to communicate important information as soon as is appropriate.
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“We know that this message may be a difficult one for you to receive, and many people will be wondering what to do without their regular weekly catch-up.
“Please rest assured that we are working hard to develop our strategy so that we are able to support the health and happiness of parkrunners around the world during this difficult time.”
It comes as Prime Minister Boris Johnson told the public to avoid pubs, restaurants and theatres in the first of a series of daily press conferences on Monday, March 16 as the Government announced measures to tackle the spread of COVID-19.
The number of confirmed cases in the UK has risen to 1,950 as it was announced yesterday (Tuesday, March 17) that 71 people have died after testing positive with coronavirus.