We are extremely disappointed that Stoke Gifford Parish Council have voted to charge for the use of Little Stoke Park, therefore withdrawing permission for parkrun to use the park. It is a fundamental principle of parkrun that there should be no barriers to participation and events should always be free. All we were asking the Council for was shared use of the park for a short period early on Saturday and Sunday mornings.
The Council's decision will inevitably increase numbers at other parkruns in the area and we will work to secure an alternative venue and establish new parkrun events to cater for the growing number of people who are opting to get fit by running regularly.
parkrun HQ have already released this statement. We should also like to thank every single Little Stoke parkrunner and the wider parkrun community for sharing what parkrun means to them, through the petition, by writing to councillors and in their many kind messages of support. We have heard so many moving stories of how parkrun is changing lives and seen just how strong the parkrun family really is. There have been literally hundreds of messages today and we can't reply to them all - Thank you.
parkrun - its so much more than just a run in the park.
The Little Stoke Team