If you want to buy 10 apples at 30p an apple but only have £2.70 you have two options.
You can firstly earn more money or find some cheaper apples.
Now it may be possible to find some cheaper apples at first, but what if you want and need to buy 15 apples and still only have £2.70 and don't want to earn more? Well you may find those 15 apples eventually but it will take much longer than finding 10, the quality may drop and you will have a limited variety to choose from.
Wouldn't it be better to just earn more money?
If you earn more you can buy 10 apples, 15 or even 20, keep the quality high, choose a wider variety and keep the effort low.
At the moment your trying to buy 10 apples at 30p each with £2.70.
You know when your out for a run and you see other runners or your out for a bike ride cos you got that tri in June and you see lots of other cyclists? Remember that feeling you get that so many people are out exercising just like you. Getting ready to compete over hill, dale and road?
Well your wrong. Really really wrong. In fact if they gave out degrees in wrongness from Cambridge and Oxford you would get a double first with a distinction.
Most people do not take any regular exercise at all. In fact most don't take any irregular exercise either. They don't walk, or bike or run or swim or go to the gym. They just don't. If you regularly run your in a small minority. If you regularly run and cycle thats even smaller. If you swim as well your a bloody freak. Play football five aside? You oddball! Tennis? Badminton? Weirdo.
So what am i getting at?
No one cares other than a few thousand about parkrun thats why this can be done. It maybe all over the world but the numbers who take part are minuscule compared to the millions, nay hundreds of millions who care more about having an excuse to avoid exercise.
If parkrun disappeared over the next few months most wouldn't even know it existed.
And I'm speaking as a man with four bikes
parkrun is worth protecting and maintaining, but us runners should not be under any illusions that the general public give a flying wet one
I will use strides for example before a race. Say I was going to start at 4:30km/mi pace (planing to run negatively) I would do a few short runs of say 200 odd metres to get me dialled into that starting pace. This is a good way to make sure you don't start off too fast in say a 5k.