Christmas & New Year

With the festive season rapidly approaching we thought we'd keep you updated on Barry Island parkrun plans for Christmas and New Year.

There will be no additional park run on Christmas Day, we will be holding the regular Saturday runs on December 22nd & 29th at the usual start time of 9am.

There will be an additional run on New Year's Day, Tuesday January 1st at the later start time of 10:30am.

New Year's Day is the only time you can run twice and have them both count towards your milestone t-shirt so there's plenty of time to run at 9am at Cardiff or Newport before traveling at a safe and sensible speed to Barry Island for the 10:30 start.

Make sure you bring your barcode and Speedos so you can join us for the annual New Year's Day Swim at midday.

We will of course be needing volunteers over the Christmas period, particularly New Year's Day so if you can spare the time to help out please let us know.

It's not too early to bag a place on our volunteer team for the day, you can get in touch with us at Please include your barcode number and let us know which day/s you'd like to volunteer.

Thank you.



If you’re parkrunning or volunteering with us this coming Saturday, June 9th, then please note we will be using our new 'C' course for the first time.

The pre-run meeting point will be at the far Eastern end of the prom, near the big white ‘witch’s hat’ and stone circles - about 200m further along than the usual spot under the Eastern Shelter.

More information on our Facebook page.


Barry Island parkrun – ‘C’ Course

Our ‘C’ Course will be used on the occasions when our regular 2-lap course and the usual 3-lap alternative (think of it now as the ‘B’ course) are both unavailable. This should mean that most of the events taking place on the prom and gardens won’t need us to cancel parkrun.  We’re grateful to the Vale of Glamorgan Council for their flexibility in allowing us to use this third variation on our courses.

‘C’ Course Description

Barry Island parkrun - C Course Map

The ‘C’ course is a 3-lap, out and back route, starting and finishing on the main path on Nell’s Point. It also uses the Headland Cross-over - Coast Watch Station - Heartbreak Hill section of our two other courses, but then follows the coast path further round the headland towards Jackson’s Bay, turning round in a small triangular loop on the grassy area just past the new houses. The turn-around point, at the end of the first and second laps, is 60m from the start/finish.

The pre-run meeting point is at the far Eastern end of the prom, near the big white ‘witch’s hat’ and stone circles. The first timers’ and main safety briefings are held here, then the run starts (and finishes) a short walk up the steps on the headland path.

The course is quite narrow in parts with two-way running in two sections, so it’s ‘Keep Right’ course (and sorry, no dogs), like the normal course.

Marshals, signs and cones are positioned at key points on the course (see map) to keep runners and other park/course users safe and on track. Please follow the marshals’ instructions closely at all times and remember to thank them for volunteering.

Watch for a short taped section exiting the triangle loop on the grass. It’s to keep runners clear of some low walls around the park benches there (M6 on the map).



Run Reports now available via Barry and District News


Most weeks, the Barry and District News ( publishes a Barry Island parkrun run report in its digital and print editions, based on input from that week's Run Director.

We put up a link to the digital B&D News' report on our event's Facebook page ( each week.

As a result, we no longer write separate run reports for this, our own website.

We're grateful to the Barry and District News for their assistance in reporting and helping promote our event.

The Barry Island parkrun team.


New Year’s Day 2018

Just an early posting to let you know we plan to hold an extra Barry Island parkrun on New Year's Day 2018 - Monday Jan. 1st of course - starting at the later time of 10:30 a.m.

This is subject to the availability of our fantastic (and possibly slightly hung-over) volunteer team - keep checking here for further information.

The Barry Island parkrun Team

PS There will not be an extra Barry junior parkrun on New Year's Day.

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