Should councils charge runners to use parkrun paths?

Thetford Parkrun

Thetford Parkrun - Credit: Geoff Herschell

A council could become the first in the UK to charge runners to use one of its parks for a weekend fun run.

Gorleston parkrun

Gorleston parkrun - Credit: Archant

About 300 people regularly take part in the timed runs organised by parkrun UK in Little Stoke Park near Bristol each weekend but now Stoke Gifford Parish Council want to charge runners £1 to help maintain the paths and counteract the increased wear caused by so many runners.

A final decision on if they can implement the charges will be made on Tuesday night and if the council gets the go ahead they will be the first in the UK to charge runners.

Parkrun started in 2004 when 13 runners got together in Bushy Park, Teddington. It is now an international company with millions of runners taking part in weekly runs across the world.

There are currently 11 parkruns held across Norfolk every weekend with some of the county's biggest at Blickling, Eaton Park, Catton and King's Lynn.


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The runs take place over 5km and are free to enter for runners of any ability. Participants can keep a track of all their times and progress via an online portal each week.

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