• Iconic mass events on closed roads to return as England moves to Step 4
• UK’s mass participation sports events organisers (MSO) work together on safe return

The Mass Participations Sports Organisers (MSO) today celebrated the return of mass participation sports events outdoors as the government confirmed that England will move into Step 4 from 19 July.

This gives the green light for the return of the most famous mass participation outdoor running events across the country and MSO members, including the organisers of the London Marathon, parkrun, the Great North Run, Brighton Marathon, the ASICS London 10K, London Landmarks Half Marathon, The Vitality Big Half, Manchester Marathon and This Mum Runs, have worked together to plan protocols and operational solutions that ensure the safe return of mass participation events outdoors.

Hugh Brasher, Event Director of London Marathon Events, said: “It is wonderful to confirm that our great mass participation events are returning across the country. Extensive scientific research worldwide has shown that the risk of transmission of Covid-19 outdoors is negligible. The UK’s event organisers have worked together to ensure the safe return of mass participation sports events outdoors by participating in the government’s Events Research Programme and collaborating on a range of protocols that ensure our events will be safe and Covid-secure.”

Tom Naylor, Event Director of Brighton Marathon Weekend and Brighton Trail Weekend said: “Getting people back out running at not just the major mass participation events, but also on a smaller, local level is critical for entire communities. Running events provide motivational goals improving physical and mental wellbeing, which has a long term impact on health services and support systems. Many cities, towns and villages also need their local running events to boost tourism and their economy, which has been negatively affected over the past 16 months.”

Paul Foster, CEO of the Great Run Company, said: “Our events inspire people of all ages and abilities to get active, which is so important for both physical and mental health. Participants in the MSO’s calendar of events generate more than £250 million every year for charities and these funds are so desperately needed now, as the services of charities are vital to support vulnerable members of society.”

Nick Pearson, CEO of parkrun Global, said: “The work of MSO has ensured our much-loved events can return and we invite everyone to take part – join your local parkrun, enter one of the nation’s iconic events and think about raising funds for the charity of your choice. We can’t wait to welcome back our parkrun family on 24 July.”

The MSO has worked with UK Athletics runbritain, the Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport (DCMS) and Sport England to agree protocols that ensure mass participation outdoor events can be held safely.

Over the coming months, the MSO event calendar includes:

20 July: Standard Chartered Great City Race
21 July: return of This Mum Runs community runs
24 July: return of parkrun
25 July: ASICS London 10K
1 August: London Landmarks Half Marathon
8 August: return of Cancer Research UK’s Race for Life and Pretty Muddy events
22 August: The Vitality Big Half
5 September: London Summer Run
12 September: Great North Run
12 September: Brighton Marathon
19 September: Great Bristol Run
26 September: Hackney Half
26 September: Great Manchester Run
3 October: Virgin Money London Marathon
10 October: Royal Parks Half Marathon
10 October: Manchester Marathon
17 October: Oxford Half

About the MSO

The Mass Participation Sports Organisers (MSO) group was formed in 2019 to work together to create and introduce sustainable practices in mass participation sports events in the UK.

MSO includes Cancer Research UK, ChampionChip Ireland, Goldline Events, Grounded Events, GSi Events, Human Race, LimeLight Sports, London Landmarks Half Marathon, London Marathon Events, parkrun, Run 4 Wales, Running High Events, RunThrough Events, The Great Run Company, This Mum Runs and Threshold Sports.

2021 Brighton Marathon Weekend: An update on Covid-19 measures

We are constantly monitoring the ongoing Covid-19 situation and the government Roadmap for sports events.

We can confirm that there will be adaptations to our usual event plan to help minimise risk for participants, spectators, staff and the local community, which we will communicate ahead of the event to all participants.

Please be sure to check your emails and the website up until event weekend. All measures will also be outlined in your Participant Instructions and Event Programme, which are emailed to all participants and the Brighton Marathon Weekend Community before the event.