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What does "Awards/mementos" mean?

Posted: 22/04/2016 at 18:41

It's always annoying when organisers are coy about medals.  There's a race local to me that I've never done because they never explain whether everyone gets a medal or memento or just the winners.  It's 10 miles which is quite a lot for me, so if I run that far I'd like a medal even if I don't win.  SPELL IT OUT.

To be fair, I think that particular race has finally said everyone gets a medal this year.

xempo kit

Posted: 22/04/2016 at 18:35

So 5 years on there's STILL no separate scale for women.  I am green but look much better in blue or purple.  If they had a women's scale I might qualify for either of those

Free Park Runs

Posted: 15/04/2016 at 10:15

In fact I remember someone commenting on me once.  I wasn't oversized but I was wearing a pink oversized event t-shirt (occupational hazard for XS women when the only t-shirt left is a unisex M).  I heard someone call me a running marshmallow.  I didn't wear that t-shirt again!  Fortunately a lot of events size their t-shirts a bit better now.

Free Park Runs

Posted: 15/04/2016 at 10:14

I think some oversized people do get abuse if they just go out for a run around their local area.  It's utterly ridiculous - there they are, out running and trying to get fitter and they get ridiculed.  It's clearly better for them to sit on the sofa at home eating cake.  Idiots!  So yes I agree that parkrun is a safe place for them to run.

Levels in Running?

Posted: 14/04/2016 at 11:22

I don't think it's a silly question.  And in fact there's an England Athletics survey out on injuries in runners which asks what level you are.  If you don't know, you can't fill in the survey as it's one of those silly ones that you can't progress on until you've filled out the first page.  I wish surveys would let you see the whole thing.

Talkback: Bristol parkrun faces park usage charge

Posted: 14/04/2016 at 11:20

It's not a parking charge - they don't charge for parking.  They want to levy a charge for the actual running.

Free Park Runs

Posted: 14/04/2016 at 11:16

Just seen your post seren - maybe that had a role to play as well especially as they used the developer funding on football.

Free Park Runs

Posted: 14/04/2016 at 11:14

I read some council minutes yesterday evening - not the ones from Tuesday but some earlier ones.  They were very interesting.  Quite a few local residents saying that parkrun should pay, that the park wasn't just for runners (er 2 hours a week just for runners, really? What about all the other days/hours?) 

And there was developer funding, but they chose to use it for football facilities.

I don't think it was anything to do with money.  I suspect there was a change of personnel on the council last year and someone's spouse had their nose put out of joint because 300 runners were getting in the way of them walking their dog in peace (and clearly they couldn't have gone at 8.30 or 9.30, it HAD to be 9am!)

Free Park Runs

Posted: 14/04/2016 at 11:10

I agree Millsy.

Free Park Runs

Posted: 13/04/2016 at 18:44

I thought this would be unenforceable but effectively no money equals no consent for event which means no insurance.  Checkmate - no event.

It seems that South Glos council which leases the park to the parish council has a policy of not charging for parking.  Maybe it should have made an exception? I know the parish council seemed to want to "pick on" parkrun though which suggests to me that someone's nose was out of joint somewhere - numbers have increased, maybe they didn't like not having the park to themselves and their dog at 9am on a Sat? 

They also said that charging more council tax was unfair because many parkrunners are from outside the area or locals don't use the park.  In my area the town council has taken the opposite view and decided the residents of the town must pay for a venue even though the surrounding local parishioners probably use it just as much! It would be good to have a bit more consistency of approach.

Also if everyone took the view that you can't do parkrun if you don't live here I wouldn't be able to do any as my district doesn't have one although there are a few locally in other counties and districts.  But you see it with rubbish tips and libraries too - the nearest one is just over a county border so you can't use it.  It's the downside of local democracy.

Oh and many parish councillors are co-opted rather than elected.  So not very democratic at all.


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