Council votes to charge organisers of free park run

A parish council in South Gloucestershire is to become the first in the UK to charge a group to use one of its parks for a weekend fun run.

Hundreds take part in two free, timed runs organised by Parkrun UK in Little Stoke Park near Bristol. Now, the group is being asked for money to help maintain the paths.

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Parkrun cancel this weekend's event at Little Stoke amid safety fears

This weekend's Parkrun at Little Stoke has been cancelled Credit: ITV News West Country

Organisers of the regular Parkrun at Little Stoke in South Gloucestershire have cancelled this weekend's event on safety grounds. There are fears that huge numbers of people could turn up to express opposition to the decision by Stoke Gifford Parish Council to charge for use of the park.

A statement on the group's website said the huge strength of feeling following the decision meant the park could be overwhelmed.

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