Community runs and charity races are now commonplace across the UK but what impact is this having on the Local Authority and what risk considerations do they need to take?
The concept of ‘park runs’ began in 2004 and have long since been welcomed by local authorities in supporting their health and wellbeing agenda for improving physical activity rates in communities as well as making use of public parks and open spaces.
Government ministers do not consider it appropriate for local authorities to charge a volunteer community seeking to provide a free weekly event for the use of a public park and so local authorities, including parish councils, cannot charge parkrun or junior parkrun organisers for the use of public parks. Instead there is a desire to see increasing collaboration between councils and parkrun organisers to raise participation rates and contribute further to improving the health and wellbeing of residents.
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