Our Run Directors carry out course checks weekly at Coventry parkrun. This is to ensure that the course is hazard free and safe to use before deciding whether Coventry parkrun can go ahead or be cancelled.
There’s two main reasons why we may cancel Coventry parkrun:
- Other events in the park: The park is a public place and other events may take place on a Saturday morning. These can have vehicles that may use or block our course and so we would need to cancel
- Weather: Occasionally, and normally due to wintery weather, our course isn’t able to be safely negotiated and so Coventry parkrun will be cancelled.
There is one other reason that we may cancel, which we hope never to have to do, and that is due to lack of volunteers. If we don’t have a team of volunteers sufficient to safely operate parkrun then we will cancel and this can happen up to the very minute of the scheduled start time.
When will we let you know about cancellations?
If we know we’re cancelling due to an event taking place then we’ll let you know in advance on the Coventry parkrun website, faceboook, twitter etc..
If it’s weather related then we will carry out the usual course inspection on the morning of the parkrun. If there’s thick, sheet ice on the course then we can make a very early call not to go ahead. If it’s a ‘little slippy’ in places then we may make the decision to go ahead or not closer to 9am to allow for any thaw to happen or make minor course changes off the pathway onto grass if possible and appropriate.
The decision is entirely based on conditions on the morning of the parkrun and a judgement call by the Run Director to the best of their ability and with very best intentions.
If we do decide to cancel then, as soon as we’re able, we will do our best (technology permitting) to inform our volunteers by email about the cancellation. We will update the Coventry parkrun website and facebook and speak to those who look like they’re in the park for parkrun about the decision.
If a cancellation means that you won't make a milestone parkrun or will cause you distress then do look for another parkrun that may be more likely, although not guaranteed, to go ahead. If you're in doubt as to whether to travel or not to Coventry parkrun then please err on the side of caution ie don’t travel – we’re generally on the following week.