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.


Co-Event Directors Reach a Century

This week the runners taking part in Barry Island parkrun were greeted by a strong tailwind helping them down the finish straight along the promenade.
It wasn’t much help at the start of the event when it was a headwind but that didn’t stop 142 runners taking to the start line for the 124th Barry Island parkrun.

Of those 142 there were 20 runners that were taking on the 5km course for the first time. Some taking part in their first ever parkrun while others were visitors from other parkruns.

As for the run, it was Gareth Hurman of University of Southampton AC who was first to finish, his 6th time in 11 runs at Barry Island, in a time of 17:38. Second place went to Alfie Davies in 19:25 and third went to David Brown of Seriously Mad Runners (Barry) in a new Personal Best time of 19:45.

For the ladies, it was First Timer Kerry Jones who made it to the finish first in a time of 23:11. Second lady over the line was Caitlin Williams of Seriously Mad Runners (Barry) in 23:31 followed by Lucy Donnelly of Newcastle (Staffs) Triathlon Club in third place with a time of 24:00.

It was also a day of milestones as Ruth Davies was taking part in her 50th parkrun and Michael Elliston, who ran his 250th parkrun this week.
The was also a notable milestone for Barry Island’s two Event Directors Ian Thorne and Lyn Evans who were both volunteering at Barry Island for the 100th time.
As part of the core team that helped get Barry Island parkrun off the ground, they took over the roles of Co Event Directors two years ago and as well as taking care of all the background administration for the event, Ian & Lyn were also part of the team that brought Barry junior parkrun to the Town this summer.

When asked about their achievement Lyn Evans said…
“My 100 parkruns as a volunteer have gone by very quickly since we first go together as a group in early 2015.  It’s been a pretty easy ride with such a friendly and committed core volunteer team and Ian‘s support as Co-Event Director.   The growth in the number of people parkrunning regularly with us has been great to see, as has the advent of the new Barry junior parkrun.  I’d encourage everyone to take a shot at volunteering - it’s great fun and very rewarding.”

Ian Thorne added, “Since getting involved in parkrun my Saturday mornings have never been the same. Seeing all those runners setting of to run an event that we’ve helped create makes all those early morning alarms worthwhile. Of course, myself and Lyn cannot take all the credit for such a successful event, We’re just a small part. We couldn’t do it each week without the fantastic group of invaluable volunteers that also give up their time each week.”

This week there were 23 volunteers making sure every single one of the runners completed the event safely, they were: Andrea Hurman, Lyn Evans, Ian Thorne, Malcolm Bradley, Tessa Matthews, Dave Shields, Sarah Lees, Tracy Buckle, Denise Aplin, John Deakin, Mark Currie, Beverly Ooss, Nadia & Sophia Hamandi, Linda and Alun Chapple, Samantha Blake, Nathan King, Sarah Thomas, Diane Hitchcock, Richard Rendell and Lindsay Capus.
Volunteering can be rewarding and fun and you don’t even have to be a runner to take part. If you’d like to help out and volunteer then get in touch with Barry Island parkrun at


Early Autumn Sunshine Brings Out Runners

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

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
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?


Nigel’s Day as He Reaches His Century

The now familiar task of three laps of the Alternative Course at Barry Island parkrun is what awaited the runners this Saturday. With the Barry Island Weekend events nearing the end it will soon be back to the two lap course, a welcome relief to some of the regular participants.

Amongst the 148 runners that took part this week were 33 first timers, including visitors from Telford, Reading and as far away as Australia. parkrun takes place every Saturday morning, not just in the UK but also in 15 countries across the globe so there’s plenty of opportunity for some tourism, just remember to pack your barcode when you travel to one of those countries.

First across the line at Barry Island this week was Christopher Jeynes of Brackla Harriers in a time of 19:29. Jeff Cox of Les Croupiers RC was second, making his way around the course in 20:07 and in third place in a time of 20:15 was Thomas Lowrie.

For the ladies it was Rachel Eales of Penarth & Dinas Runners that was first to finish in a time of 21:59, Amy Gomer of Les Croupiers RC was second in 22:53 and in third place for Pegasus RC was Caroline Bassett in a time of 23:55.

Barry Island parkrun likes to recognise those runners and volunteers that reach certain milestones along their parkrun journey and this week was no exception. Nigel Bleach was the man of the moment this week as he was not only celebrating his 100th parkrun but also his 50th parkrun at Barry Island. As is the tradition with these milestones, there was cake for all to share. Those parkrunners that reach milestones are rewarded with a commemorative running shirt for 50 runs, 100 runs, 250 & 500 runs, there is also a junior milestone for those completing 10 runs. For the volunteers the milestone is 25 volunteer occasions and there’s also a t-Shirt for this.

This week’s event was made possible with the help of 18 volunteers who gave up their time on Saturday morning to ensure Barry Island parkrun could go ahead safely. This week those volunteers were, Yvonne Williams, Lyn Evans, Nicola John, Ian Thorne, Rhian Lees, Dave Shields, Claire Thorne, Kirstine Hughes, Hilary Thurlow, Sarah Gronow, Nigel James, Sarah brooks, Chloe Brooks, Jason Elworthy, Richard Jackson, Alun Chapple, Samantha Blake & Christopher Barnsley.

Since Barry Island parkrun started in May 2015 there have been 2794 different runners making it around the 5km route, covering a total distance of 63,640 km.

Barry Island parkrun is a totally free, timed 5km run and is organised and run entirely by volunteers. If you would like to get involved or if you would like to volunteer then you can get in touch via email at

You don’t have to have any experience and you don’t even need to be a runner.

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