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LB Hammersmith and Fulham is considering Ravenscourt Park as a location for parkrun. The Saturday morning meet-ups have become popular in parks all round the country. Parkruns are free, community events which now take place all around the world. The runs are 5k and take place in parks and open spaces. There is one in Richmond Park, Gunnersbury Park and Bishops Park in Fulham already.
On Sunday mornings, there are 2k junior parkruns for children aged four to 14. The aim is to encourage people to engage in physical fitness, whether they walk, jog, run or just volunteer or spectate. The ethos is positive and welcoming, an inclusive experience where there is no time limit and no one finishes last.
The council has recently withdrawn licences for food markets to operate in Bishops Park and Ravenscourt Park. Organisers RMS Markets say they are “devastated”. Their markets are popular, their traders rely on the income from their market stalls and hundreds of people who use the markets have written to the council objecting. RMS Markets are taking legal action and fighting the decision. Their QC Robert Griffiths has said the council is acting “unlawfully, unreasonably, disproportionately and in breach of contract.”
The council says the pandemic has put pressure on public space and they want the parks to be used more for sport and fitness. They are asking residents to take part in a consulation on the parkrun idea by 7 May. Four different routes are being considered. You can take part in the consultation here: lbhf.citizenspace.com.
The consultation does not mention the markets. It is merely a consultation on whether people would like to see parkrun introduced and if so how often and by which route. Participants aren’t given a choice of whether they’d like a food market or a parkrun and ‘visiting the food market’ isn’t given as one of the options for why people choose to visit the park. There is however a space for ‘additional comments’.
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