What a great weekend it was at Barry Island parkrun last week. We shared the course with Barry Wartime Weekend, had our female course record smashed, witnessed the birth of the "Freyne Club" and welcomed the Scottish parkathon Team on Sunday for a freedom run of our course!
Last weekend saw the return of the annual Wartime Weekend at Barry Island with 1940's themed stalls, reenactments and entertainment. Sadly the Red Arrows had to cancel due to poor weather delaying their departure from Scotland, but the event attracted thousands of visitors and we all played nicely together
Female Course Record
Last Saturday saw the debut run at Barry Island of South Wales running star Emma Wookey who proceeded to smash the previous female course record of 19:27 by 1m 18s and finish in an incredible time of 18:09. Congratulations Emma, we think that record may stand for a while.
We were truly humbled on Saturday when Paul Freyne chose to run Barry Island parkrun as his 250th parkrun location. Congratulations Paul, what a fantastic achievement.
Congrats to Paul Freyne, 250 parkruns... at different locations complete. The 'Freyne Club' is born. http://t.co/lSw9fV2DEa
— Danny Norman (@normal_danny) June 20, 2015
As if running with us for this landmark moment wasn't enough, Paul later commented that Barry Island was in his top 5 parkruns, along with Portrush, Bere Island, Southsea and Derry City!
Sunday 21 June saw us welcome the Scottish parkathon Team to run the penultimate leg of their mission to run every parkrun course in Wales over the longest day weekend. It was great meeting them all and it was fantastic that local parkrunners were able to join them to guide and support them around our fantastic course.
Event 8 - Stats
Oliver M WILLIAMS (SM25-29) of Les Croupiers RC, was first over the line in 18:09 - 4th time in 4 appearances.
Gareth HURMAN (SM18-19) (Unattached) was second (third overall) over the line in 18:39.
Martin WILLIAMS (VM50-54) of Les Croupiers RC, was third (4th overall) over the line in 18:59.
Current standing in the Men's annual points competition:
Richard WILDER (San Domenico RC) 690 pts.
Thomas LOWRIE (Unattached) 569 pts.
Mike JAMES (Unattached) 534 pts.
Emma WOOKEY (SW20-24) of Lliswerry Runners, was first (second overall) over the line in 18:09 - first appearance.
Jess KINGSTON (VW35-39) (Unattached) was second (25th overall) over the line in 23:10.
Sarah Louise MORRIS (VW45-49) of Village Vipers, was third (26th overall) over the line in 23:31.
Current standing in the Women's annual points competition:
Sally WILDER (San Domenico RC) 697 pts.
Aimie SCOTT (Unattached) 576 pts.
Ruth DAVIES (Unattached) 547 pts.
The following runners recorded the best Age Grade scores:
Emma WOOKEY (SW20-24) was graded 81.54% for the time 18:09 (second overall).
Martin WILLIAMS (VM50-54) was graded 77.70% for the time 18:59 (4th overall).
Allan SMITH (VM80-84) was graded 75.30% for the time 29:25 (78th overall).
This week there were 110 runners, of whom 32 were first timers and 42 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 10 different athletics clubs took part.
Barry Island parkrun started on 2nd May 2015, and since then 478 different runners, including participants from 48 athletics clubs, have completed 887 runs covering a total distance of 4,435 km, and there have been 215 new Personal Bests.
The female record is held by Emma WOOKEY who ran in a time of 00:18:09 on 2015-06-20 (event number 8).
The male record is held by Oliver M WILLIAMS who ran in a time of 00:17:06 on 2015-05-16 (event number 3).
The Age Grade course record is held by Emma WOOKEY who recorded a 81.54% run (18:09) on 20th June 2015 (event number 8).
Full results and a complete event history can be found on the Barry Island parkrun Results Page
Happy running everyone, see you all next week