There is a way that the parkrun can continue perhaps with a different name. A club could be formed and all those who do the weekly "parkruns" must join the club. The club subscriptions could be quite small say £5 per annum. The club could affiliate to the Association of Running Clubs. Affiliation fee £320 for a club with 300 members. This would provide liability insurance for the weekly runs.. The club could pay the parish council a fee, say £1000, for the use of the park. The weekly run would be free to enter for club members.
ARC has put in place just such an arrangement for a weekly park run in the Midlands.
Organisers of cross country races need to obtain a race permit in order to obtain insurance for their race.
In what appears to be a new development they can obtain a permit from the English Cross Country Association www.englishcrosscountry.co.uk. The initial cost of the permit is free for organisations/clubs affiliated to England Athletics. However the club must charge an additional £2 to all athletes not registered with England Athletics. After the race this £2 must be paid to the South of England AA, the Midland Counties AA or the North of England AA as applicable. This does of course place an additional bureaucratic load upon race organisers who will need to discover which of their race entrants are registered and which not registered. There is also the question of the often quite substantial funds which will need to be paid to governing bodies.
In order to avoid the bureaucracy and cost the club could affiliate to the Association of Running Clubs www.runningclubs.org.uk. Cost approx £1.50 per club member. They could then obtain ARC permits for all their organised races for £25 per permit and no bureaucracy regarding registration of individual club members.
ARC affiliation also insures all coaches, run leaders and officials who are experienced and knowledgeable. No need to obtain formal qualifications.
After 1st April 2013 Power of 10 will only provide a profile for runners registered with a home country governing body. For English athletes this means they will need to be a member of a UKA affiliated club and also pay the £10 registration fee to England Athletics.