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Council Announces Plans to Charge for Parkrun

Stoke Gifford Parish Council has voted to become the first in the world to charge Parkrun a fee for the use of its grounds.

Hundreds take part in two free, timed runs organised by Parkrun UK in Little Stoke Park, near Bristol.

Stoke Gifford Parish Council said it was "unfair" to expect non-running residents to pay for path upkeep. It voted six to four in favour of charges.

Event co-director, Becky Bushnell, said the result meant the Little Stoke event would end.

In a statement issued prior to the vote, the council said it did not want to discourage use of the park for exercise, but it would be "unfair" to expect residents to foot the bill for an event with "paid directors, fundraisers and sponsors".

Since the announcement, a petition against the decision has attracted more than 35,000 names and got the backing of the London Marathon, which said it would "stand behind" Parkrun as "free to all".

Read more on the BBC website.

 

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