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.
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