I thought it would be useful to do a reminder of the procedure for a parkrun cancellation.
As Event Director, I entered into an agreement with parkrun UK to attempt to facilitate a run every Saturday of the year. However, obviously there are occasions when parkrun needs to be cancelled due to things like weather or path closures.
The rules set by parkrun UK mean that we can cancel at anytime up to 0930h, or in extreme cases even after the run has started.
When a cancellation is known about well in advance e.g. scheduled path closures, we do of course announce this in good time. In the case of adverse weather we will typically announce a cancellation on a Friday evening where it is obvious the run would not be safe e.g. if there is already an inch of ice on the route and overnight temperatures are forecast to be below zero.
When there is a reasonable chance of conditions being ok, we will wait and make the decision after the morning route inspection, which is done prior to every parkrun. We announce morning cancellations on Facebook and also on the parkrun website. We aim to announce morning cancellations by 0830h.
Ellon typically cancels a few times each winter due to frost or ice, and some of those cancellations will be announced after the morning inspection.
Occasionally we encounter people who disagree with the decision made by the Run Director. However, the Run Director is the one legally liable for the decision and hence it is theirs to make and cannot be overruled.
Event Director - Ellon parkrun