Weekly Newsletter April 20th 2016

This week's newsletter has interesting articles and a few important event updates (cancellations, postponements, date changes & late additions).

== Interesting articles ==

Little Stoke parkrun cancelled after council imposes charge to use the park
Stoke Gifford parish council in the UK has decided to start charging parkrun, deciding it was unfair to expect residents who do not run to pay for the upkeep of the paths in Little Stoke park. There have been a number of articles about this over the past days, so here's the first one at The Guardian, a TV interview at the BBC, and parkrun's official statement.

Tips for running with your kids (and avoiding meltdowns)
Beth at Shut Up + Run posts some advice for running with your kids: ask yourself if your child even wants to do the race; is s/he in shape to go the distance; make sure your goals don't get in the way; hold back at the start; keep safety in mind; and have fun! Read the tips in full here, and be sure to read people's comments below the post too.

Course accuracy: why your GPS watch isn't infallible
I've posted articles in the past about GPS watches and accuracy, and this article at The Guardian is probably one of the best I have read. It's well written, easy to understand, and not too technical. The only catch is it doesn't talk about how people don't always follow the shortest line at a race, where it's almost impossible to with all those other runners around.

Going down! A guide to descending on trails
Whereas the slower pace of climbing can lend itself to taking in breathtaking views, descending on trails is a thrill in and of itself. With gravity on your side, it's time to play. Byron Powell offers some tips for descending on the trails in this article at iRunFar.

Old-school sneakers: a museum curator's vintage running shoe collection
Dave Kayser didn't start collecting running shoes on purpose. Like a lot of people who started training for races during the first running boom of the 1970s, he just had a lot of shoes he became attached to and didn't want to toss in the trash. Over the past 40 years, he's collected more than 120 vintage models. Find out more in this article at competitor.com, which has 32 photos of the shoes.

== Advertiser appreciation ==

The Running Calendar is funded via advertising and affiliate sales, and I'd like to take the opportunity here to thank our current advertisers and affiliate partners. They support us, so please support them: Wildfire Sports, Wild Earth, Camelbak, and the Griffith Sport Logan Fun Run.

== Recently added and updated events ==

Recent updates
To find out what's been recently updated, check the website homepage regularly. I include in this newsletter a list of the more important updates such as date changes, cancellations, or late additions to the calendar. And don't forget to check the calendar page for a complete list of upcoming events.

Postponements & cancellations
- Kryptonite Challenge in Cairns scheduled for April 30th & May 1st have been cancelled
- William's Walk in Penrith scheduled for May 1st has been postponed to a date TBC

Date changes
- Dye Hard Fun Run in Wagga Wagga has changed from November 13th to September 4th

Late additions
- Mountain to Mouth Extreme Arts Walk in Victoria on May 6th to 7th

Other updates
- Black Snake Trail Race in Cairns on May 15th will not have a 34km race this year; the 21km & 10km distances will be raced as usual

== Until next week ==

That's all for this week, so have a great running week!


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