Commenting on the conservators’ decision not to allow the Epsom Oddballs
‘Perch run’ to be held on the Downs in January 2011, an ‘OAP’ has said:

“Do you honestly believe that a bunch of runners, once a year, are going to do lasting damage to the Downs? If my memory serves me right the majority of the course was on existing well walked paths!! No matter, I will look to you to apply the same logic behind your decision to Derby Day and the hordes of spectators, not to mention buses, helicopters and assortment of funfair rides.”

Couldn’t have put it better myself.