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The Course

The course is 5000m (5K) long. This has been accurately measured by us with a professional measuring wheel. The course is at Barry Island Promenade, Barry. The course is run on a mixture of block paving and concrete paths. Some sections of the course may accumulate mud, leaves and puddles after rain. Dependent on availability, marshals will be at key sections of the course, or signs will be in place.

Please remember that the parkrun uses shared paths. For the continued success of the event, please give way to other park users. This won't hurt your time, it won't stop you from getting a PB and it will make sure everyone continues to enjoy the event.

Please, wherever possible walk, jog, cycle or use public transport when attending the event. If you do have to drive, please consider car-sharing to reduce our impact on both the environment and other park users. Please also watch out for other park users when arriving and leaving. Parking may be limited so try to arrive early.

Course Safety

The Barry Island parkrun is a fun, free event organised by volunteers for the benefit of everyone. We wish to make the run as safe as possible, so runners, spectators and helpers are asked to take care about the following:

  • Please be considerate to the park and other park users at all times.
  • Children under the age of eleven must be accompanied (within arm's reach) throughout the run by a parent, guardian or appropriate adult of the parent's choice.
  • Please arrive by foot, by pedal-power or by public transport if you can - your efforts help to reduce our impact on the park and the planet.
  • Please consider volunteering to help occasionally - this event survives only because of your generosity - please visit the volunteer page for more information.
  • Take care near roads and car parks - some vehicles drive very quickly. Please congregate away from the cars and be careful in particular if you have children. If you’re driving to the run, please drive carefully even if you’re late!
  • When running, take care on uneven surfaces - whether on grass or on tarmac. Watch out for cyclists, other runners, pedestrians, children, dogs, wildlife, park animals, vehicles, park maintenance work, falling branches, bollards, posts and other obstacles around the course.
  • Please ensure that you are fit enough to walk, jog, run 5k (3.1 miles) with us. Health advice about running can be found at the excellent Runners' Medical Resource website (although this external website focuses on preparation for a race and does not describe parkrun events).
  • Remember to warm up before the run.
  • If you see a runner with a serious problem, please stop to help them out and get help as soon as possible.
  • If you’re watching, keep clear of runners on the course, and look after any children and dogs you may have with you.
  • Lyme Disease is a bacterial infection spread to humans by infected ticks. Consider protecting yourself by wearing repellent when at parkrun events in grassy or wooded areas. See for further details.
  • Runners pushing buggies are welcome, but please take extreme care of other runners around you. If possible start from the back of the field and try to keep to one side of the main body of runners.
  • Due to safety concerns at some narrow points on the course, dogs are not allowed at Barry Island parkrun.

We hope these tips help to ensure that Barry Island parkrun is fun and safe for everyone.

Age Grading

All parkrun events use Age Grading to help parkrunners compare results.

Age Grading takes your time and uses the world record time for your sex and age group to produce a score (a percentage). This score allows you to compare your personal performance against other people's performances even though they might be a different age and a different sex to you - the higher the score the better the performance. The scores can also be compared across different race distances - to allow you to, for example, compare a 5km time against a marathon.

For more information, please see our Support page.

Course Map

Course Description

Barry Island parkrun is a 2 lap, out and back course starting and finishing underneath the Eastern Shelter on the promenade.

Starting underneath the Eastern Shelter head along the promenade towards Marco’s Café. Turn right and right again at the end of the promenade to head through the gardens above the promenade and towards the headland of Jackson’s Bay. Turn left at the Coastguard station, up a short, steep slope, turn left again at the top of the slope and retrace your steps back to the start. Once back at the start, repeat the above once more and finish under Eastern Shelter.

Due to safety concerns at some narrow points on the course, dogs are not allowed at Barry Island parkrun.


Parking: pay and display parking available at locations indicated on the map. See Harbour Road and Nell’s Point on the Vale of Glamorgan Council website for current charges.
Toilets: Public toilets are located at Western Shelter and Harbour Road Car Park.

Getting There

Location of start

The run starts underneath the Eastern Shelter on the promenade.

Getting there by public transport

Bus: bus service to Barry Island is provided by Cardiff Bus (route 95/95A). For bus times please visit the Cardiff Bus website.

Train: the nearest train station is Barry Island. For train times please visit the National Rail website.

Getting there on foot

Head to the Eastern Shelter on the Promenade. Meet in front of the beach huts.

Getting there by road

If using SATNAV the nearest postcode is CF62 5TJ

From the M4:
  • Barry Island is approx. 10 miles from Junction 33 of the M4.
  • leave the M4 at Junction 33 and take the A4232 exit to Airport/Penarth/Barri/Barry/Gorllewin Caerdydd/Cardiff West
  • then take the A48/A4050 ramp to Cardiff (W)/Caerdydd (Gn)/Cardiff Airport/Maes Awyr Caerdydd/Barry Airport/Barri Airport.
  • follow the signs for Barry Island.

Post Run Coffee

Every week we grab a post parkrun coffee in Marco’s Café - please come and join us!