Follow that paper trail

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:

  1. Parkrun Limited
  2. Parkrun Global Ltd
  3. 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 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? 

Comments (3)

  1. Meanwood Rambler:
    Apr 25, 2016 at 02:19 PM

    Many thanks for your blog Kathy. I have asked parkrun for a response but have not yet heard back. Incidentally, I'm glad to say that I went to Woodhouse Moor over the weekend and a couple of weeks of decent spring weather has done a lot for the verges; I wouldn't be surprised however if this issue reappears somewhere in the UK next winter...

  2. Lisa Bragg:
    May 17, 2016 at 11:53 AM

    I am a runner and also take part in parkrun. It's not necessarily correct to say that parkrun use exactly the same course week after week. In Coventry we have varied the route and when grass starts to churn up the path is changed to allow it to rest.

  3. Meanwood Rambler:
    May 18, 2016 at 10:24 AM

    Really good to hear that Lisa - very sensible.

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