Milton Country Park refuses to host Cambridge Parkrun


Milton Country Park will no longer support Cambridge Parkrun for the first time in 10 years due to its “unmanageable” size.

A spokesperson for the park said the Parkrun headquarters had dismissed their concerns about the capacity and the physical impact of the event on the site, which “saddened” them.

They said they wanted more entry into the capacity – typically over 500 – or come up with an alternative route, but that was not accepted by the event organizers.

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They added that the size of the race would take resources away from the other activities it hosts.

The arrival of over 500 people in a very short period of time and the course of the course meant that everything had come to a halt for Parkrun, at a time when many people and other user groups would like to enter the park ” , they said.

“We are giving staff time and resources and putting all other scheduled activities on hold. An event of this size, every week, superimposed on the needs of other park users, has become too large for the resources at our disposal. “

They added that since they are part of the 5% of parks run by an independent charity, they don’t have the regular income to support these kinds of events with the right resources.

Meanwhile, the national park spokesperson pointed out that the Parkrun organization generates “significant income” through advertising, donations, sponsorship and merchandise, “despite being positioned to the contrary.”

“Their reluctance to recognize the value of parks underpinning their model is a sad reflection of how parks have been treated nationally, by policy makers and budget reviews,” they said.

They added that they had never asked for payment, just to support the work of the parks in its messages and attitudes.

They added: “We understand that this is disappointing for many and we have worked hard with the local team to resolve some of the operational issues that make it difficult. Ultimately, the event was becoming unmanageablely important before the pandemic.

“We are happy to support Parkrun at Milton Country Park over the past ten years and are saddened by the attitude of Parkrun Headquarters, which has dismissed the issues.

“If Parkrun is okay with venues deciding what numbers they’re comfortable with, or if we could make the site bigger enough to allow us to come up with an alternate route, then we will definitely consider a 5k event again. to come up.

“In the meantime, we welcome runners, walkers and all park users at any time of the day and remain a free, open-access community facility for everyone to enjoy.”

The Cambridge Junior Parkrun will still take place today (October 10), but for now, the Cambridge Parkrun will not be returning.

The country park team were happy that the junior version of the race took place due to the lower numbers, which they found more manageable.

Children are less able to put on their sneakers, meet their friends and run around on their own. This age group was taken away more from them than most during the pandemic and we are delighted that they can now return to this event, “they wrote.

Cambridge Parkrun thanked Milton Country Park for allowing them to use their site for so many years.

In a statement on Facebook, they said they were very sad about the news.

They said: “Cambridge Parkrun has been in the park since January 2010 and during that time a wonderful community of people has grown around it.”

They thanked all the volunteers, runners and the team, as well as the support of the park for a decade.

“Although this is not the outcome that any of us want, please respect the decision.” they added.

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