Penarth & Dinas Runners Pace Personal Bests

In typical winter style, Saturday saw a cold damp start however this did not stop 170 runners take to Barry Island for the 95th Barry Island parkrun. This was Barry Island’s 4th highest number of runners since the event started in May of 2015.

First past the post this week was Gareth Michael Green of San Domenico RC in a time of 17:52, an unknown runner was second while third for the men was John Morris of Taff Running & Orienteering.

For the ladies this week, it was a close finish with Junior runner Bethan Hardman of Bridgend AC crossing the line in 23:29 just in front of Gina Hardman also of Bridgend AC who was only a second behind in 23:30. Caitlin Williams of Seriously Mad Runners took the third place spot, in a time of 24:00.
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Bethan & Gina Hardman, 1st and 2nd lace ladies. Photo by Kevin Moore
 
This weekend saw the return of the Pacer event, with members from Penarth and Dinas pacing runners at even numbers from 22mins up and including 40 minutes, Sophie Gott who was pacing for 28 minutes also celebrated her 50th parkrun.

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Penarth & Dinas Pacers. Photo by Lyn Evans
 
Pacing weekends are always a big hit with our runners as it gives them the opportunity to chase that PB (Personal Best) which always seems so out of reach. Saturday’s event saw 57 runners managing to push that little bit further and cross the finish line with a new PB.

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Chasing that PB with the help of the Pacers. Photo by Nigel James
 
Penarth and Dinas runners were also on hand to answer any questions about their upcoming event, The Porthkerry 5 Multi Terrain race which has proved a very popular run with parkruners.
 
parkrun events are for all abilities whether you are a walker, newcomer to running or a seasoned runner with Olympic quality. One parkrunner, Helen McCarthy, sent a message to say thank you to Barry Island parkrun and also to local running group Seriously Mad Runners for all the support and encouragement that she has received since joining them.

“I started running last June to get ready for my 1st 5k run for cancer research UK. On 18th June, I came alone a bit unsure but completed my first run with a time of 37.48 
Saturday I came for my 33rd parkrun and came away with a new PB time of 27.42.”

“Massive thank you to the pacer at 28mins”

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Helen McCarthy keeping up with Pacer Sophie Gott. Photo by Nigel James

Since 18th June Helen has participated in 33 parkruns at Barry Island and managed to record an amazing 14 Personal Best times.

Each week we are luck enough to have our Run Reports published in the Barry & District News. If you are unable to get a print copy of the newspaper, the online version can be found here, you'll find the Run Report in the Sports section.

This weeks Stats look like this.

Male placings:
Gareth Michael GREEN (VM35-39) of San Domenico RC, was first over the line in 17:52 - second time in 2 appearances.
An unknown runner was second.
John MORRIS (VM35-39) of Taf Running & Orienteering, was third over the line in 19:14.

Current standing in the Men's annual points competition:
Robert NEWMAN (Unattached) 3325 pts.
John MAGEE (Les Croupiers RC) 2946 pts.
Michael ELLISTON (Les Croupiers RC) 2799 pts.

Female placings:
Bethan Sian HARDMAN (JW11-14) of Bridgend AC, was first (34th overall) over the line in 23:29 - first time in 10 appearances.
Gina HARDMAN (VW45-49) of Bridgend AC, was second (35th overall) over the line in 23:30 - has been first to finish on 3 previous occasions.
Caitlin WILLIAMS (JW11-14) of Seriously Mad Runners (Barry), was third (41st overall) over the line in 24:00 - has been first to finish on 5 previous occasions.

Current standing in the Women's annual points competition:
Caitlin WILLIAMS (Seriously Mad Runners (Barry)) 3376 pts.
Lisa WILLIAMS (Seriously Mad Runners (Barry)) 3153 pts.
Bethan WILLIAMS (Seriously Mad Runners (Barry)) 2980 pts.

The following runners recorded the best Age Grade scores:
Gareth Michael GREEN (VM35-39) was graded 75.84% for the time 17:52 (first overall).
Paul KEHL (VM50-54) was graded 73.21% for the time 20:28 (6th overall).
Thomas LOWRIE (JM15-17) was graded 71.86% for the time 19:22 (4th overall).

This week there were 170 runners, of whom 9 were first timers and 57 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 17 different athletics clubs took part.

Barry Island parkrun started on 2nd May 2015, and since then 2,263 different runners, including participants from 202 athletics clubs, have completed 9,318 runs covering a total distance of 46,590 km, and there have been 1,948 new Personal Bests.

The female record is held by Emma WOOKEY who ran in a time of 00:18:09 on 20th June 2015 (event number 8).
The male record is held by Oliver M WILLIAMS who ran in a time of 00:16:14 on 24th September 2016 (event number 73).
The Age Grade course record is held by Angharad MAIR who recorded a 88.54% run (19:55) on 26th September 2015 (event number 21).

Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Barry Island parkrun Results Page.