'I'd struggle without it': Little Stoke park runners on what it means to them

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With Saturday’s parkrun cancelled on safety grounds, participants explain its benefits, from mental health to friendship

Heather Doody could not hold back the tears as she surveyed the playing fields that were to have been the scene of her sporting triumph on Saturday morning. “I’m sorry, it must seem silly to see me crying but this place means so much to me – it feels like a home from home. I’m really sad.”

Doody was due to complete her 50th parkrun surrou…