Users of Brockwell Park have reacted angrily to the conduct of a commercial 10km race provider in the park last Sunday (10 January).
A post on the Brockwell Park Community Partners blog says user groups had received complaints that the event, organised by RunThrough, resulted in:
- Unnecessarily loud music played at 9am on a Sunday, disturbing local residents.
- Inadequate and ineffective marshalling of the event. Park users not participating in the event were forced to walk on the grass in the mud by runners who would not give way.
- Abuse of Brockwell Lido staff by Run Through participants when they were told that they could not use Lido facilities, including toilets and first aid.
- Blocking of the Lido entrance, car park and Dulwich Road by Run Through participants.
The post also says that Run Through did not declare on its website that proceeds from the event were being donated to charity – despite the Lambeth Events Team recording the run as a charity event.
Participants paid £16 each for the sold out event for which they received a themed medal, water, fruit and flapjacks and kilometer flags. The medal managed to mis-spell Brixton – see top of image.
Matt Wood of Run Through said the organisers had been forced to move the usual start/finish area onto harder surfaces to ensure the already very wet grass from the recent bad weather was not damaged.
“We managed to do this despite the conditions, however we have met with the council events team and are working on an updated plan B for such weather conditions,” he said.
“We can only apologise for any disruption for the 90 minutes we were using the paths. We are always well staffed and had plenty of marshals in high-vis jackets around the park.
“We have had some lovely feedback from runners who enjoyed their day at the park. We have a good mixture of locals and newbies visiting Brockwell Park for the first time, many of whom will hopefully be back to run there again whether for training or racing.”
Wood said he had spoken personally to Lido cafe staff and they had not reported any abuse to him. “If there was, then I presume it was an isolated incident and we apologise on behalf of the individual in question.” He said.
“The Seaver Foundation, our charity partner, was clearly mentioned on our event entry page.”
He agreed there had been a lot of people in front of the Lido entrance, but said: “There was in no way a blockade. Again, our apologies if it inconvenienced anyone.”
He invited anyone with questions to get in touch via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
This is the same as Battersea Park being commandeered by Boris Johnson’s mates in the City for a run round the park, erecting scaffolding bridges taking dog walkers, etc into the centre of the park, erecting stands, concrete and metal cordons and generally trashing the park for their own enjoyment, marshalls telling people they couldn’t walk where the runs were taking place. Utterly disgraceful behaviour. This is Boris Johnson’s doing, the man is a menace and must be stopped.
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