With hardly a breath of wind and some early Autumn sunshine brightening up Barry Island, 134 runners took to the start of the 123rd Barry Island parkrun.
For those that don’t know, parkrun is a free weekly timed 5kmrun that takes place every Saturday morning at 9am all across the country and even further afield…in 15, soon to be 16 other countries in all four corners of the globe.
The Promenade at Barry Island is where you’ll find the regular runners as well as first timers and visitors head to on a Saturday morning.
Since starting on May 2nd 2015 there have been 2,906 different runners completing the course 13,292 times covering a total distance of 66,460km, more than one and a half times around the equator.
It was Junior runners that took the first two places this week with Alfie Davies crossing the line first in a time of 19:01, his fifth top finish in 10 runs. Second to finish was Thomas Lowrie, close behind in 19:03 with Jeff Cox of Les Croupiers RC in third place with 19:11.
For the ladies, it was Rachel Eales of Penarth & Dinas Runners crossing the line first in a time of 21:29, Louise McKee of Eaton Tri was second lady in 22:29 with third place Gwenno Goode in a time of 22:49.
As usual, Barry Island parkrun cannot take place without the fantastic volunteers that give up their time and their chance to run to enable the event to take place in safety. This week there were 23 of them and they were, Yvonne Williams, Russell Thorne, Ian Thorne, Rhian Lees, Malcolm Bradley, Dave Shields, Ben Butler-Madden, Denise Aplin, Harriet Kehl, Jonathan Davis, Claire Connolly, Simon Arscott, Julie Dennis, Sam Barnard, Linda Chapple, James Dennis, Chloe Dennis, Sarah Di Tomaso, Scott Rose, Heather Coote, Ceri George, Christopher Barnsley and Helen Innes.
Like all parkruns around the world, Barry Island parkrun is totally free to take part in and can be run, jogged or walked. All you have to do is register with parkrun at parkrun.com/register
Print your personal barcode and bring it with you when you take part.
Barry Island parkrun is organised and run entirely by volunteers. If you would like to get involved then please get in touch via email at firstname.lastname@example.org
You don’t have to be a runner to help out and you don’t need any experience.
\What better way to stat the weekend than an hour or so in the fresh air, by the beach?