We are still on the winter route this coming weekend so still no dogs or buggies I am sorry to say.
Commencing this weekend the National Trust are starting to charge parkrunners who are not NT members for car parking. Those who are NT members please ensure you bring your membership card and scan it at the ticket machine to obtain your parking ticket. This is essential not only in getting your ticket but each time you scan your card Fell Foot gets money from central funds towards its upkeep.
For those people who are marshalling or volunteering who are not NT members you still get free parking. Please go to the Run Director on arrival and they will issue you a parking permit for that morning.
Parking Charges are
1 hour £3
2 hours £4
NT Membership is from £5.75 per month
The following is from Peter the head recruiter at Fell Foot
When you join the national trust at Fell Foot we receive direct funding which can then benefit the park. It would be amazing if you could join with us!
All you need to bring is your sort code and account number to set up direct debit. We'll give you everything you need there and then!
I'll endeavor to have a recruiter on the car park from 8.30am. We will either be able to take your car registration and you can join after the run without paying for parking, or you can join before the run. It takes about 5 minutes to complete the form.
Please encourage as many other park runners to join at Fell Foot! Membership helps us look after Fell Foot for everyone and comes with so many benefits for the member (free parking, entry to 500 NT places etc).
Any parkrun marshals/volunteers will get free parking when marshalling… but there is nothing stopping marshals joining too!
Following discussions with the National Trust Rangers we are having to change to our "Fun" course from this Saturday until such time as the weather improves and allows the ground to dry out. All grass areas are currently "out of bounds" to parkrun.
For those who are not familiar with our "fun" route this uses only the footpaths within the main park and uses the full cafe hill 4 times and up to the south car park 4 times. The start is on the footpath above our normal start line and the finish is next to the Boathouse cafe.
Unfortunately this means we are having to ask any parkrunners who normally run with dogs or buggies that until we return to our normal course you will not be allowed to run with them. We apologise for this but there were some near misses on the two way sections of the footpaths last year. This a difficult decision which your core team has made but the safety of our parkrunners comes first.
With safety in mind can I remind folk that parkrun is NOT a race but a RUN. I know we all like to get good times but please be observant and considerate to your fellow parkrunners on the 2 way stretches of the "Fun" route. We will look to have extra marshals at the 2 way sections to help ensure all goes well.
Please be aware that the A592 is now closed until early April for work by United Utilities. The section closed is between Beech Hotel and Moor Crag. Therefore runners coming from the Windermere and Ambleside area will need to find an alternative route and to allow yourselves extra time on a Saturday morning. Please do drive safely.
Due to this week's heavy rain Windermere has flooded over into Fell Foot. The lakeshore footpath at the south end is currently under 12" water and the runout to the meadow is waterlogged. The muddy gate is also a stream of water running off the road.
We have no option but to cancel this week's parkrun.
Do not forget no parkrun at Fell Foot next week due to the Grizedale car rally using the car parks as a service centre.
Ron (Event Director)