Barry Island parkrun is cancelled on 2021-01-16 – COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

Barry Island parkrun #239 – Christmas Day


For the first time in the Barry Island parkrun 4+ year history a Christmas Day event was hosted on the beautiful South Wales coastline. The core team figured that maybe 30-50 runners might show up, but in the end 182 runners completed the Christmas parkrun.

Blessed with some positively glorious weather the beach and prom were bathed in warming sunshine, not a cloud nor raindrop in site. Dog walkers galore filled the beach as course prep was underway and enthusiastic parkrunners and supporters meandered their way along the prom to the Eastern Shelter.

With no other events taking place in the area it was the usual 2 lap course along the prom, sharp right at Seafood Swerve then along the coastal path all the way to Heartbreak Hill and back down again to the start/finish area to begin the second lap. OK so the course isn’t flat but it’s also not steep, they are “mounds of opportunity” as I like to call them!

Once Claire Thorne has given us all the run brief we were off and what a site it must have been seeing almost 200 runners in various states of fancy dress pounding along the prom towards… a Sloth! Yes, there was a Sloth at Seafood Swerve cheering and hooting loudly as we all ran past, awesome!

Now the first “mound of opportunity” up and along the costal path, through the S Bend and on to Heartbreak Hill. An aptly named short sharp steep hill with the big reward at the top of going back down again, thankfully. Up a little more then down down down back to Seafood Swerve and along the prom to begin lap two.

The core team with initially worried they’d struggle for volunteers for an event on Christmas Day but there was a full complement of awesome marshals out on the course, so huge thanks go out to;

Sarah Beechey & David Hawker (Seafood Swerve), Alys Britton & Ursula (Middle Of Gardens), Ted Arbuthnot (Carpark Exit), Jorgy Lloyd & Ollie (S Bend), John Magee (Headland Crossover), Diane Hitchcock (Coastwatch Station), Alison Woolcock & Knuckles (Heartbreak Hill), Lewis George & Laura Moreton (Big Ramp), Tracy Buckle (Bay 5), Natalie Murray (Witches Hat) and Candice Allam (Mini Golf).

First finisher today was Ben Butler-Madden in 17:05 who was also celebrating his 100th parkrun, and what a way to do it! First female finisher was Tammy Nurse in 20:35, a new PB for her! She wasn’t alone in bagging a new PB today, in total there were 24 new PB’s achieved and one can only assume this was some form of effort to excuse the festive excesses that were planned later in the day.

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There were also 31 first timers today who are assumed as tourists as it wasn’t their first parkrun, welcome to Barry Island! But better still there were 3 runners brand new to parkrun making today their very first event! Hopefully you will get bitten by the parkrun bug and enjoy many more events to come.

A big thank you to all the other volunteers who helped make todays event happen, we all know without these kind souls there would be no event.

Merry Christmas to one and all and don’t forget there is a special New Years Day run on the 1st January at 9am.

Written by Jon Murgatroyd


Christmas and New Year Events

Barry Island parkrun will be holding two bonus events on Christmas Day and New Year's Day.

Both will be starting at the usual time of 9AM.

As with each weekly event, these will be subject to minimum volunteer numbers.

Why not start your festive celebrations with us.



Barry Island parkrun – Event #228

I’m a self-confessed parkrun tourist (my home parkrun is Southwick Country Park in Wiltshire) and I love running at different parkrun events. It’s always great to run at a different course for a change of scene as well as meet new people. This weekend we’re both taking part in the Cardiff Half Marathon and as we’re staying over the night before it was a perfect opportunity to finally run at this event. Offering to write this weeks’ run report meant I was also able to give something back to the Barry Island parkrun team.


Firstly Happy parkrun anniversary! It’s now been 15 years since Paul Sinton-Hewitt started, what was then called, the Bushy Park Time Trial. A free, weekly, timed 5k run which has now grown into the global phenomenon that is parkrun.

It was a little grey upon parking at the promenade however it wasn’t windy and it wasn’t raining, near perfect conditions for running. Following the steady stream of runners we headed across to the start (where handily you can leave any bags) and gathered for the first timers briefing at 8:50. There were a number of runners who were new to this parkrun like myself as well as quite a few runners/volunteers also running the half marathon the next day.

Out of the 150 parkrunners who finished there were an incredible 27 new PB’s and a special congratulations to the 3 first timers to parkrun too - welcome to your new ‪Saturday morning‬ addiction!


The route is two laps however consists of two out and backs with a small loop, which includes a short sharp incline. The course is entirely on tarmac and runners start and finish in the same place, logistically it’s all very straight forward. From the top of the course there are great views back across the bay and you could also see Lundy Island. Near the finish there is an excellent cafe called Whitmore & Jackson where you could get a good breakfast and use the free WiFi for your #parkfaff needs.

All of the marshals were brilliant and were so encouraging to all of the runners, I cannot say enough good things about this unique parkrun - please check it out!

A big shoutout to the 29 high-vis heroes who made this event happen: Joanne BAGWELL, Christopher BARNSLEY, Darryl BEAVER, Megan BETTLEY, Julie BROUGHTON, Alice BULLOCK, Jayne CALVERT, Jeffrey COX, Rachel DAVIES, John DEAKIN, Justin DORAN, Jonathan GOUGH, Diane HITCHCOCK, Milly HUTCHINGS, Mike JAMES, Tessa MATTHEWS, Elizabeth MORRIS, Katie MORTIMER-JONES, Steven O'GRADY, Martyn PARSONS, Andrew PEMBERTON, Steve SAVORY, Stacey SAVORY, Ian THORNE, Andrew TOWNSEND, Alvine WESTERLAND, Lisa WILLIAMS, Richard WILLIAMS, Alison WOOLCOCK

Don’t forget if you’ve not volunteered before or haven’t in a while get your names down on the future roster!

Number of events: 227
Number of runners: 5,705
Number of runs: 30,722
Number of first finishers: 158
Number of clubs: 486
Number of PBs: 5,367
Average number of runners per week: 135.3
Average number of runs per runner: 5.4
Biggest Attendance: 616
Average run time: 00:29:18
Total hours run: 1Years 260Days 4Hrs 55Min 21Secs
Total distance run: 153,610km
Female record holder: Emma WOOKEY - 18:09 - Event 8 (20/06/15)
Male record holder: Oliver WILLIAMS - 15:58 - Event 100 (25/03/17)
Age graded record holder: Angharad MAIR - 88.54 % - 19:55 - Event 21 (26/09/15)