Parkrun has been in the news in the south of the country when a parish council unwisley decided to charge for the use of a park for the weekly parkrun.
This has quite rightly attracted world-wide condemnation. It has also focussed attention on the many parks and groups who support the parkrun across the country – including our very own Doncaster parkrun.
The following are some very kind words from the Doncaster parkrun Director:
“As you all know parkrun has been in the news quite a bit this week but I wanted to post a message today on a more positive note about our parkrun in Doncaster.
We have been very lucky to have had tremendous support from Doncaster Council, who played a huge part in helping us get started two and a half years ago and continue to support us to this day. Did you know the local councillor for Wheatley actually runs our parkrun most weeks!
A massive amount of the funding necessary to keep our park in the condition you find it however is achieved with the work of a small group of volunteers, the Friends of Sandall Park. The Friends of Sandall Park are also a massive reason that parkrun in Sandall Park is so successful, did you know that the toilets are only open in the winter for us to use because these volunteers actually clean the toilets for us!
This group raise funds by holding events and a large amount of the playground equipment, planting flowers, digging beds, painting benches etc. is done and provided by them.
I am not sure how many parkrunners nationally have become members of their Friends group or volunteered in their local park.
Perhaps we should take a look at ourselves and realise that life is not always about taking and you have to give something back. Just imagine what could be achieved if 100 parkrunners dedicated a couple of hours to help out in the park!
Thanks again to DMBC and Friends of Sandall Park for all you do for us, it is appreciated.”
And our thanks to such a great gang of people who have chosen to use Sandall park!