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