The popular parkruns at FellFoot, Newby Bridge, have been cancelled until the New Year because of recent flooding.
National Trust rangers are working flat out to clear the park , and repairing the path to the lakeshore which had been badly washed out.
And while the path out to the gateway, and the gateway itself, are still under water and unrunnable, the footpath beside the boathouse and cafe has had to be fenced off for health and safety reasons due to possible structural damage caused by the flood.
Mortar has been washed out of the walls and the fear is the walls could bow outwards and collapse under the weight of the roof. A surveyor will not be on site to inspect the buildings until Wednesday January 6th which means no parkruns this coming Saturday, Boxing Day and 2nd January.
“I am sure everyone will be as disappointed as I am with this news but there is nothing the NT could do to speed up the inspection process,” said Run Director Ron Eadington. “They have assured me we will be told the outcome of the inspection on Jan 6.”
Parkruns are held across the UK every Saturday at 9am, entry is free, and the events are encouraging hundreds of thousands of people to take up sort.
It is hoped that the nearby Barrow parkrun will be up and running by this weekend.
For up to date information see the parkrun website http://www.parkrun.org.uk/fellfoot/