This is a personal take by Kathy Faulks on the controversy about parkruns which follows on from the post on Dave Middlemas' blog site - Meanwood Rambler
In order to understand my point of view you first need to read this blog
Well Dave I too have checked out the three companies:
- Parkrun Limited
- Parkrun Global Ltd
- Parkrun Trading Ltd
I don't think any of them would be able to register as a charity because each of them in different ways allows for a level of private benefit that would not meet the public benefit requirement for charity registration.
So, my point would be this: I don't think individuals should be charged to use a park whether to go for a walk or to go for a run or just to sit on a bench. However, if a legal entity is organising national running activities, involving thousands of people running in parks, then it might be reasonable for that legal entity to make some recompense for the damage caused.
If you look at the website www.parkrun.org.uk you will see that there is a shop and that there are sponsors including commercial sponsors. Surely someone or something is making a surplus from parkruns?