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Parkrun runners help clean-up litter in The Walks in King's Lynn

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Following on from his theme, I would add that it is also important for anyone who wishes to express their opinions in the press to get their facts right.

Although he infers he didn’t see any parkrunners helping to clear the litter from the Walks following Fawkes in the Walks, that doesn’t mean there weren’t any.

In fact, there were more than 30 volunteers who turned up early that Saturday morning to assist the parks staff in clearing the litter, just as they have done for many years now. I would also question the assertion that ‘The Walks next morning was like The Somme’, as anyone who has any understanding of that tragic battle will know it certainly wasn’t.

Red Mount, Lynn, The Walks (22682478)
Red Mount, Lynn, The Walks (22682478)

Furthermore parkrunners have also been out on two other occasions this year for community litter picks on the town's cycle paths and for some years have organised running events in the Walks, raising several thousand pounds towards the upkeep of the park.

This year parkrun also nominated The Walks in the Fields In Trust UK Best Park competition, for which, along with Eaton park in Norwich, also a parkrun host, it was awarded a ‘Most Loved’ status.

Being born and bred in the town I take great pride in our parks and in how well they are maintained. There is hardly a week that goes by when we do not receive plaudits from those visiting the town for parkrun, on just how well The Walks is looked after and what a great location it is for parkrun.

I do appreciate that parking in and around The Walks can be an issue as it is with any event held there and for our part, we frequently request those taking part to avoid being a nuisance to local residents, when choosing where to park.

Of course everyone is entitled to their opinion, just as the 350 or so participants who take part in parkrun each week, either to run (or walk as some chose to do) or volunteer are entitled to theirs and who, I have no doubt, would disagree with your correspondent as to the suitability of Lynn Sport, for this event in preference to The Walks. It is after all ‘parkrun’.

For those who are unaware, parkrun is a free, timed, 5k run organised entirely by volunteers in The Walks each Saturday at 9am. It is open to all ages and abilities and individuals can also run with their buggies and dogs, which many do.

Finally your correspondent is, of course, welcome to attend parkrun any Saturday morning to discuss the matter with those members of the local community, who are out there, enjoying the freedom to run in their park under the guise of parkrun.

Gary Walker

Event Director, Lynn parkrun

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