At Roundhay parkrun, safety is always paramount, we want every single person to get round without injury and touch wood, that after 81 Events, we have had no major incidents and we would like it to remain this way.
We are at that time of year when it can become very cold and ice can form overnight and this means that we have to decide whether the course is safe enough to run or not.
It can be a very tough decision to have to take at the last moment if you are faced with 150 people who have made the effort to come to Roundhay in order to run, but I am sure that you will understand that getting you all home safely is top of the agenda and that this is the time to remember that this is a fun and FREE run and that there is always next week.
Decisions about whether the run would take place has to be taken as early as possible on the day, as Tom (UK parkrun Manager) has recently stated, he took the decision to cancel a parkrun the night before due to ice and then it cleared by the morning. We can not always get it perfectly right as we are human beings and cannot control the weather.
Where possible, we will not cancel if we can find a route that looks okay, and we will run 1 lap on the morning to check it, but it also needs an amount of common sense from runners, to understand that they should take care when running round and to remember that they can take the decision to run and that it is not our responsibility if you cannot run.
It can often be very easy as a runner to sit on the sidelines and make decisions that affect many Volunteers and runners and we ask for your support when we make these decisions based on a number of things that you may not be party to.
Here are a few helpful points:
1. If it is cold, please wrap up well and warm up and down to prevent injury.
2. Please take care on the course if it is wet or slippy, you would be advised of this on the run brief.
3. Remember that it is a FREE run and that you can always run quicker when the course is in better condition.
4. REMEMBER that safety ALWAYS comes first.
Please see below an extract from the parkrun f.a.q
Thank you as always for your continued support and we shall see you wrapped up well in the morning.
If you have any feedback or comments, please send an email to RoundhayOffice@parkrun.com