April Fooled………… Hopefully Not

This was posted on our Facebook page, first thing this morning. Hopefully there was enough in it to make you smile and not believe it......

Just in case you missed it, here it is again......

We have some very exciting news....

Peacehaven parkrun has been selected as one of a limited number of events in the UK to take part in an innovative new scheme.

Whilst parkrun will always offer a free weekly timed 5k run for all. There are those that now no longer find this challenging enough. Others are looking for longer distances as part of training plans.

With this in mind, it has been decided to offer a parkrun membership package, offering various "extras". There are various "Upgrade" packages that parkrun will be trialling, across the country.

We have been selected to trial the Platinum Membership.

With the Platinum Membership you will have the following additional benefits.

- You can now run 10k
- A guaranteed starting position at the front.
- Water stations at 4k and 8k
- Priority scanning at the finish.
- Barcodes accepted from mobile phones.
- Each 10k run will earn 2 run credits. This will allow you to reach your milestone T-shirts quicker.

The cost to each park runner opting to "upgrade" their weekly run will be a small donation of £1. To comply with parkrun rules, we will not be able to accept cash payments. It will be necessary to go to the new page on our website and make the donation online. Once your payment has been received you will need to print the large barcode.

This is your receipt and will also need to be pinned to your running top on the following Saturday morning, as proof of your participation in the trial.

We are limited to the number of participants able to take part on a weekly basis. Places will be decided on a first come first served basis.

We have managed to make almost all of the necessary adaptations that have been required of us. Unfortunately there is one requirement that so far has proved logistically more difficult to implement.

A requirement for longer distance running, especially on warmer occasions is to provide runners with the facility to run through water sprays to help cool them. We have not been able to get the approval from the Town Council to have this installed in time.

As a temporary measure "Wee Steve" has very kindly offered to offer a temporary solution. This will be an area where water can be sprayed on runners through a hosepipe.

This Saturday will be our first week on the trial, so if you are interested, let us know.