Cuerden Valley call time on popular parkrun
Volunteer team looking for a new venue
There is disappointment for Cuerden Valley parkrun who have been informed that their event won’t be returning to this location due to financial issues incurred as a result of the global pandemic. Cuerden Valley Park Trust announced it is no longer able to provide this facility.
The inaugural Cuerden Valley parkrun was held on 10 August 2013 and since then the event has become a favourite for several reasons, one of these being the course which is attractive and challenging. A welcoming, supportive community has been created thanks to Event Director Pita Oates and team who made it one of the friendliest Saturday morning runs for a great many people.
This family event was the highlight of the week and everyone was eagerly awaiting its return in June as part of Boris’s roadmap out of lockdown after a 12 month hiatus. There would be plenty of catching up to do over an enjoyable 5K in pleasant surroundings followed by a coffee.
But the team have been thrown a curveball as trustees at Cuerden Valley Park announced that rising costs of hosting this parkrun and the lockdowns meant a difficult decision had to be made. Their focus is on ensuring Curden Valley Park survives after a very tough year and is around for others to enjoy now and in the future. Therefore, they cannot provide a free venue for parkrun.
The trustees are considering plans for a new, regular 5K run where the income and sponsorship will contribute towards the maintenance of the Park.
As for Pita and her team...they may be down but most certainly not out as they look for a new home with a few options on the table. Watch this space...
Image courtesy of Cuerden Valley parkrun