Approval from the parkrun Research Board is necessary if our assistance is required. Our assistance is required where an approach is to be made to any of our members (runners of volunteers) or where the use of our data is involved.
We want to ensure that all research requiring parkrun and parkrunner support and involvement is appropriate, important and relevant to parkrunners and parkrun. We also require that all studies supported by parkrun have appropriate approvals, which may include ethical approval from an institutional ethics committee or written agreement that full ethical approval is not required.
Creating a formal application and approval process also allows us to liaise with Event Teams to ensure that research does not disrupt or interfere with the usual event procedures.