Peter Collins

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Please sign this petition to stop Enniskillen parkrun losing its venue

Posted: 26/08/2016 at 15:37
Mr Puffy wrote (see)
Yes Peter but money flows in from sponsors presumably based on the number of people participating and its directors are paid and it employs staff. If you are a parish councillor volunteering in your spare time that is hard to accept. I'm certainly not going to try to defend the financial behaviour of the national trust, but I'll defend its right to refuse another commercial organisation the free use of its facilities if it wants to.

It's not a commercial organisation in the sense of making profits and distrubuting them to shareholders. The guy who founded parkrun left a lucrative career to run an organisation that could have tanked. I know that the success of his idea caught him by surprise and he inevitably had to employ people or he couldn't have run it properly. I'm not disagreeing that a local authority is free to make decisions about its parks, but parkrun is not profit-making, thus not 'commercial'.

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

Posted: 26/08/2016 at 15:33

I think it's a shame all this has happened, and there are obviously elements to this that are unsatisfactory, but the ultimate end if a landowner won't back down from charging is that parkrun will move away from that place. That's what happened at Little Stoke and that's what happened here. I wish one or two posters wouldn't turn this into an English v Irish thing - I'm not getting that it is in any sense (and I have some sensitivity to this, having a half-Irish wife).

Being judged by my choice of running wear

Posted: 25/08/2016 at 14:49

I must admit I did a double-take at some of the outfits the women were wearing in the triathlon, which appeared to be simply high-cut swimming gear. My first thought was that it looked really uncomfortable to wear, rather than 'phwoar', so I suppose I'm getting old.

Please sign this petition to stop Enniskillen parkrun losing its venue

Posted: 25/08/2016 at 14:46

parkrun is non-profit

Please sign this petition to stop Enniskillen parkrun losing its venue

Posted: 24/08/2016 at 16:51

I guess this is just a Northern Ireland thing, because there are a few parkruns in England that use NT property for free still...

5k potential aged 49

Posted: 24/08/2016 at 16:37

I was a sprinter and triple jumper as a kid, so long distance is not my natural environment, but at age 53 I'm regularly getting close to 20 minutes at parkrun - four years ago I ran about eight or nine under the 20 mark. I have, of course, kept fit for most of my life. I'm usually about the third or fourth in my age group to finish at my local parkrun. On a recent visit to Fell Foot parkrun, by Windermere, I was heartened to finish in 18th place overall on a slightly hilly course in 21 mins. When I looked at the results, a guy in the 65-69 age group was two places and ten seconds ahead of me - I knew he was older when he overtook me, but not that old! The short and the long of it is that if you keep it up you could easily get close to 20, but a lot depends on the course, your body type and how much you train.

Being judged by my choice of running wear

Posted: 01/08/2016 at 18:35

It might be a problem only if you are male. On the other hand, I'm not that bothered by cross dressing...

parkrun challenge!

Posted: 01/08/2016 at 18:29

Simple - park at Wimbledon and jog down Putney hill and over the bridge to Bishops Park. Only a few miles! I've left a message on your blog about who is in the photos.

parkrun challenge!

Posted: 29/07/2016 at 15:51

Running is partly about times, but not always relative to the other runners...

parkrun challenge!

Posted: 27/07/2016 at 15:30

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