Little Stoke parkrun is cancelled on 28 May 2016: Safety concerns

Event Cancellation -Saturday 28th May

Dear Little Stoke parkrunners

As you know, when Stoke Gifford Parish Council made the decision to charge parkrun for use of the park in April, they gave us until 28th May to reach an agreement with them or leave the park. During this period parkrun UK have been in discussion with Stoke Gifford Parish Council who have now asked for more time to answer some of the issues raised.

Whilst we wait for their full response in order to determine the long term future of the event, we have taken the difficult decision to cancel this Saturday's run (28th May) on safety grounds.

We appreciate that this will be frustrating to our runners and volunteers, but the last thing we want is the strength of feeling to boil over from either parkrunners or local residents. We have been taking things week by week and been very grateful for the wonderful atmosphere and friendly parkrun spirit at the events that we have been able to hold.

We hope to provide you with a further update next week. In the meantime, we really appreciate your understanding of the difficulties Little Stoke parkrun has been facing. Please take the Little Stoke spirit with you wherever you are running this weekend.

The Little Stoke Team


Little Stoke parkrun team



Event Cancellation – Saturday 21st May

We are really sorry for the short notice, but we have just been made aware of another event in the park that means we have to cancel this Saturday's run (21 May).

A fun fair has arrived in the park which combined with the new football pitch fence and our lack of a summer course mean we won't have a run this week.

We loved the tourism photos from your parkrun adventures this Saturday and look forward to seeing more Little Stoker's out and about on the 21st.

The Little Stoke Team


Time For A Big Spring Clean!

Back in February we signed up to take part in South Gloucestershire's Big Spring Clean picking Saturday 23rd April as our event date. April is known for its rain showers and we didn't know quite what the weather would hold in store when we plumped for the 23rd... With sunshine and blue skies it couldn't have been a better day for it!


Little Stoke parkrun volunteers got kitted up and once we'd finished playing with familiarising ourselves with the equipment we split up into small groups and started looking for litter.


After an hour or so we had filled a fair few bags with general waste and also managed to fill a big bag of recyclables. Great effort team!


#loveparkrun #lovelittlestoke



The support we saw on Twitter and Facebook last weekend was phenomenal. We loved everybodies #lovelittlestoke posts and pictures and got messages of support from all over the country and the parkrun world! We're sorry that we haven't been able to respond to everything.

As HQ say here the best way to continue to support us is to show us how great your parkrun is. Please go and enjoy your local parkrun, run, jog, walk and volunteer in the sunshine this weekend. We know we have your support.

The Little Stoke team.


Event Cancellation: Saturday 16th April

It has been an exceedingly odd 24 hours and we would like to thank you all for the messages of support and kind words that you have continued to send through to us. It has been and continues to be, overwhelming and the Little Stoke parkrun team really appreciate them all. As you might expect, we are not likely to be able to reply or get back to all of you personally but we really cannot put into words what it means to us.

We would however ask you to keep things positive and constructive. Negativity levelled at the Parish Council will not help matters.

Given the huge strength of feeling heard from you directly and seen from a wider audience on social media we have had to consider the implications of this on Saturday's run (16 April). The safety and wellbeing of parkrunners and other park users is paramount and we are very concerned that this might be jeopardised by the volume of people wishing to run at Little Stoke on Saturday.  This could easily exceed the safe limit of the park itself.

To that end we will be cancelling the event on Saturday 16th of April.

The Little Stoke parkrun team, the local parkrun ambassadors and parkrun UK will need to consider where we go from this point. At the current time its very unclear but do keep an eye on our website, Facebook and Twitter pages which we'll make sure are updated as soon as we have any more news.

What can I do to support Little Stoke parkrun/parkrun UK?

parkrun started from a simple idea and has grown into the phenomenon that we all know and love. Do what parkrunners do best and support your local parkrun!

The parkrun will not be taking place in Little Stoke park but there are several other local parkruns to choose from locally and further afield. Go along to a parkrun and enjoy it as it has always been intended right from the very beginning: a run in the park with friends. Every parkrun relies on volunteers to put on the event so why not make this Saturday the parkrunday to help out and support your local event event in that way.

Once again, thank you all for the INCREDIBLE support you have shown the Little Stoke parkrun team during this difficult situation. We are all parkrunners and parkrun is part of us all.

The Little Stoke parkrun team

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