Christmas & New Year

With the festive season rapidly approaching we thought we'd keep you updated on Barry Island parkrun plans for Christmas and New Year.

There will be no additional park run on Christmas Day, we will be holding the regular Saturday runs on December 22nd & 29th at the usual start time of 9am.

There will be an additional run on New Year's Day, Tuesday January 1st at the later start time of 10:30am.

New Year's Day is the only time you can run twice and have them both count towards your milestone t-shirt so there's plenty of time to run at 9am at Cardiff or Newport before traveling at a safe and sensible speed to Barry Island for the 10:30 start.

Make sure you bring your barcode and Speedos so you can join us for the annual New Year's Day Swim at midday.

We will of course be needing volunteers over the Christmas period, particularly New Year's Day so if you can spare the time to help out please let us know.

It's not too early to bag a place on our volunteer team for the day, you can get in touch with us at Please include your barcode number and let us know which day/s you'd like to volunteer.

Thank you.



If you’re parkrunning or volunteering with us this coming Saturday, June 9th, then please note we will be using our new 'C' course for the first time.

The pre-run meeting point will be at the far Eastern end of the prom, near the big white ‘witch’s hat’ and stone circles - about 200m further along than the usual spot under the Eastern Shelter.

More information on our Facebook page.


Barry Island parkrun – ‘C’ Course

Our ‘C’ Course will be used on the occasions when our regular 2-lap course and the usual 3-lap alternative (think of it now as the ‘B’ course) are both unavailable. This should mean that most of the events taking place on the prom and gardens won’t need us to cancel parkrun.  We’re grateful to the Vale of Glamorgan Council for their flexibility in allowing us to use this third variation on our courses.

‘C’ Course Description

Barry Island parkrun - C Course Map

The ‘C’ course is a 3-lap, out and back route, starting and finishing on the main path on Nell’s Point. It also uses the Headland Cross-over - Coast Watch Station - Heartbreak Hill section of our two other courses, but then follows the coast path further round the headland towards Jackson’s Bay, turning round in a small triangular loop on the grassy area just past the new houses. The turn-around point, at the end of the first and second laps, is 60m from the start/finish.

The pre-run meeting point is at the far Eastern end of the prom, near the big white ‘witch’s hat’ and stone circles. The first timers’ and main safety briefings are held here, then the run starts (and finishes) a short walk up the steps on the headland path.

The course is quite narrow in parts with two-way running in two sections, so it’s ‘Keep Right’ course (and sorry, no dogs), like the normal course.

Marshals, signs and cones are positioned at key points on the course (see map) to keep runners and other park/course users safe and on track. Please follow the marshals’ instructions closely at all times and remember to thank them for volunteering.

Watch for a short taped section exiting the triangle loop on the grass. It’s to keep runners clear of some low walls around the park benches there (M6 on the map).



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.


Barry Island parkrun joined by Barry junior parkrun

With plenty of events taking place at Barry Island throughout the summer, last weekend included, it meant that it was another visit to the Alternative Course for the 134 runners that took part in this week’s Barry Island parkrun.

Among the 19 runners to complete the 5km route for the first time was Michael Ball (no, not that one) from Cambridge who stopped off on his way to Tenby to take part in his 100th parkrun.

Also reaching 100 this week was Co-Event Director Ian Thorne who was celebrating his 100th event as a volunteer.

As for the run itself, it was a clean sweep for visitors this week as first over the line in 19:44 was Gareth Knight of Newport Harriers AC, narrowly finishing in front of Andrew Wright of Caerleon RC who was one second behind with Matthew Mulcahy, also of Caerleon RC in third in a time of 20:40.

It was also a very close finish for the ladies with Zoe Barber of Penarth & Dinas Runners first over the line in 21:58 and like the men was one second ahead of second place Rachel Eales also of Penarth & Dinas Runners in 21:59. Third place went to Sarah Phillips completing the course in a time of 25:55.

As the safety of everyone taking part is the priority of Barry Island parkrun there is a fantastic team of volunteers that give up their time each week to ensure the event takes place as safely as possible. This week there was a team of 24 volunteers, Jeff Cox, Andrew Sedgmond, Lisa Cleary, Julie Broughton, Ian Thorne, Richard Street, Malcolm Bradley, Dave Shields, Joanna White, Lisa Williams, Paul & Harriet Kehl, Nigel James, Sally Bloomfield, Lisa James, Michelle Green, Rhys Davies, Joanne Bagwell, Andrew Marytsch, Sarah Thomas, Morgan White, Katie Wright, Richard Butt and Christopher Barnsley.
Without the help of the volunteers each week the event could not go ahead, if you’d like to get involved in Barry Island parkrun, then please get in touch via email at

This weekend also saw the launch of the brand new Barry junior parkrun which took place on Sunday at Romilly Park.
After months of hard work behind the scenes, planning, organising and training the team the day finally arrived for the first event. Bathed in sunshine at 9am on Sunday morning, 91 children aged between 4 and 14 years of age took to the start line for the very first Barry junior parkrun. The 2km event will take place every Sunday at 9am in Romilly Park.

Both Barry Island and Barry Junior parkrun are organised and run in exactly the same way. If you want to take part in these free, timed runs you must first register with parkrun at and print your personal barcode which you must take along to the event as it’s needed at the finish.

If you want to get involved and help out at the Barry junior parkrun, you can get in touch by email at


Event #113 – Run Report

by Ian Jenkins

There was certainly a family feel last weekend as Barry Island saw parkrun return to the regular, two lap, course. The sun was shining and 132 runners gathered at the Eastern end of the promenade. Volunteer Rachel Gibbs gathered together the newcomers and first time parkrunners and delivered her first new runners briefing. The 14 attentive listeners were soon joining the rest of the field on the start line ready for the off.

It was busier than usual with other events taking place around the Island the volunteer team were tight on numbers. A few of the regular runners recognised this and gave up their planned run to assist with ensuring the course remained as safe as possible.

Among this weeks first timers were visitors from Swindon, Manchester and Sydney, Australia. Young Darci was visiting the Vale from Down Under to visit her family who are regular visitors to the Island and took the opportunity to run with Oliver, Rhys and James McNabb, whilst Lynette took on barcode scanning duties as one of the volunteer team.


The McNabb Family, the runners & volunteer – Photo by Ian Jenkins

Michael Chandler paid his first visit to the Island. Visiting from Swindon Harriers, Michael finished 8th overall in 21:55.

Father and son outfit Craig and Andy Gardiner both had good runs with dad Craig finishing in 26:57 whilst Andy, visiting from Cheltenham and County Runners took top spot, crossing the line in 17:54.


Father & Son – Craig and Andy Gardiner – Photo by Ian Jenkins

Thomas Lowrie (JM15-17) was second over the line recording a personal best time of 19:13 having been first to finish once before. Matthew Ryan (VM40-44) was third over the line in 19:52 and has taken top spot on 4 previous occasions.

Graham Carrick of Pegasus RC posted a new personal best time of 22:34, finishing in 12th position whilst son in law Rhys Donovan finshed two places further back with 23.17.

Father & Son-in-law, Graham Carrick & Rhys Donovan (2)

Father and Son-in-law, Graham Carrick (right) and Rhys Donovan head up Heartbreak Hill – Photo by Denise Aplin

Splitting the father/son in law duo and also recording a personal best time was Debbie Evans (VW45-49) of Penarth & Dinas Runners. Debbie was first of the ladies to cross the line, finishing 13th overall in 22:46, her first time in 3 appearances.

First female finisher

First female finisher, Debbie Evans – Photo by Kevin Moore

Caitlin Williams (JW11-14) of Seriously Mad Runners (Barry), was second (18th overall) over the line in 24:07 and has been first to finish on 6 previous occasions. Bethan Apglyn (SW25-29) of Penarth & Dinas Runners, was third female finisher and 19th overall, crossing the line in 24:12.

Anyone who runs at Cardiff would have recognised a familiar face at Barry Island this week. With 194 parkruns under his belt, Errol Alexis was paying his fourth visit to the Island run. Errol, who runs in the VM80-84 category crossed the line in 43.19 on his first visit to the course this year.

With parkrun becoming more and more popular, newcomers are quickly becoming regulars. Two of Barry Islands new ‘regular’ runners are Amber Pringle and Abbigail Pringle. With 7 and 8 runs respectively both ladies set new personal best times, with Amber posting a time of 26:08 and Abbigail recording a time of 31:43.
Once newcomer and now established regular Rebecca Marytsch completed her 38th event in 38:29, with 35 of these taking place at Barry Island.

And finally...

The three highest age grades of the week were recorded by:
Debbie Evans (VW45-49) – 72.77% for the time 22:46 (13th overall).
Thomas Lowrie (JM15-17) – 72.42% for the time 19:13 (second overall).
Andy Gardiner (SM30-34) – 72.25% for the time 17:54 (first overall).

This week 132 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 14 were first timers and 41 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 13 different clubs took part and the event was made possible by 22 volunteers.

Barry Island parkrun can only run because of the help and support of its volunteers. There is a minimum number required each week to enable the run to take place and the team are always looking for new volunteers. If you would like to help out at any time contact the team via the Barry Island parkrun Facebook page or by email at

Barry Island parkrun started on 2nd May 2015. Since then 2,648 participants have completed 11,930 parkruns covering a total distance of 59,650 km, including 2,456 new Personal Bests. Saturdays full results and a complete event history can be found on the Barry Island parkrun Results Page.

⇐ Newer Posts From Author