A parish council in South Gloucestershire is to become the first in the UK to charge runners to use one of its parks for a weekend fun run. Councillors in Stoke Gifford tonight voted by a majority to impose a charge for the weekly Parkrun events.
About 300 people regularly take part in the timed runs organised by in Little Stoke Park near Bristol each weekend.
Parkrun UK organised a 2km run for children and a 5km route for anyone who wants to take part - and the runs are totally free.
Now, Stoke Gifford Parish Council want to charge £1 per runner to help maintains the paths and counteract the increased wear caused by so many runners.
Tonight a spokesman for Parkrun said if the charge was introduced it would mean an end to the event at Little Stoke.
Thousands of people have signed a petition to stop a parish council in South Gloucestershire charging people to run around a local park.
Stoke Gifford Parish Council is proposing those who take part in an organised weekly free run called 'Park Run' in Little Stoke park pay a £1 fee per runner for using the park.
The council says the money would be used to maintain the park and a decision will take place later this year.
Becky Bushnell is Co-Event Director of Little Stoke park run and says running in the park should be free for everyone.
Police are investigating a robbery at the McColls store in Little Stoke in which staff were threatened with a knife. A man made off with money and cigarettes at around 9.20pm last night [Thursday 25th October].
He was wearing a grey waist-length coat and grey trainers with a pink or purple circle at the back of the heel.