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Parkrun Enniskillen gets 'Pay to Stay' Ultimatum fromThe National Trust

Posted: 13/08/2016 at 13:08

This is the NT statement in reply to concerned comments from parkrun and NT members: We understand that runners such as yourself enjoyed the beautiful spaces of Castle Coole and that some will be disappointed about this news. This mutually agreed decision was taken after the popularity of the run saw an increased conservation impact on the property. The Enniskillen Parkrun has grown significantly with more than 120 runners enjoying the weekly event. The event will continue at Castle Coole until the end of August when it will then move to The Lakeland Forum, Enniskillen. This decision does not affect any other parkrun at our places, we host 25 parkruns and three junior parkruns, with even more being planned for the future and we have no plans to ask either parkrun or parkrun participants to pay to use our sites, except where car parking charges apply. For more information, please do take a look at this webpage, we hope this helps with your questions. http://nattru.st/4y8rr

cyclists on the footpath

Posted: 02/05/2016 at 16:53

I dislike cyclists on the pavement when they come flying along and expect you to get out of their way.  And in fact a few years ago I was told to get out of the way by a mother and her small son.  When I refused she said I was being a [insert insult of choice] because her son was only 4 and couldn't go on the road.  Fine, but get off and walk past a pedestrian, don't expect me to walk in the busy road. I can't see the issue with cycling on a footpath if it's empty and the road isn't.  Why hold up cars if you don't actually need to. 

I don't think cyclists generally get a bad name for riding on the pavement.  That's reserved for those who insist on riding through red lights in London.  And cycling up the inside of lorries turning left despite the fact that if it goes wrong the person on the bike is going to come off a lot worse then the lorry driver.  

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!)

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