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.


Barry junior parkrun – Starting August 13th

In case you missed the announcement last Saturday, we’ve not only hit our fund-raising target for a defibrillator for Barry junior parkrun (and its big brother at the Island), but we’ve also now got a confirmed start date.

Barry junior parkrun will be starting on Sunday August 13th.

Please mark the date in your diaries.

This will give Event Director Claire Thorne and her team plenty of time to finish their training, to run a few trial events and to start publicising things before the schools finish for the summer holidays.

The junior parkrun will have its own website, email and social media facilities set up by July 27th, and the new team will start using these for communications leading up to the start date.

Launch Poster


Event #107 – Run Report

by Ian Jenkins

The alternative course greeted this weeks parkrunners for event number 107. The regular course was out of action much to the delight of the 148 runners. The three lap alternative route is a welcome change but only needs to be used when there are events using the promenade and Eastern shelter, these being areas of the regular start and finish.

The volunteers and runners congregated at the new meeting point with plenty of new faces paying a visit. parkrun ‘tourism’ is very popular, this is where parkrunners run at a location away from their home parkrun. parkrun tourists visit Barry Island weekly and come from far and wide. This week’s run was visited by tourists from Llantwit Major, Port Talbot, Bridgend, Neath, London but most notably by Victoria Tang of Perth Urban Runners and Kayee Tang, both of whom’s home parkrun is Claisebrook Cove parkrun, Perth, Western Australia. Victoria, not surprisingly a first time visitor to Barry Island parkrun crossed the line in 30:37 in her 22nd parkrun, with Kayee, also a first timer to the Island crossing the line in 27:04 in his 202nd parkrun.

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Victoria Tang approaching the finish line (left) and Kayee Tang exiting the Car Park section. Both enjoying some parkrun tourism – Photos by Abyd Quinn Aziz

The event was made possible by 29 volunteers. With some of the regular volunteers unavailable there were a few apprehensive faces as some of the first timers stepped straight into key roles. The newcomers soon realised that all roles are straight forward as all new volunteers are generally paired with an experienced volunteer for their first outing. Andrew Thomas took on a barcode scanning role for his first stint as a volunteer, Frank Atherton issued the finish position tokens and Craig Gardiner took on the funnel manager role. Christian Mears stepped into a timekeeping role for the first time having previously taken on course marshal roles. All carried out their roles superbly thanks to some top coaching from Amber Condy and Mark Bloomfield and under the watchful eye of Run Director Ian Jenkins.

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The First Timers – Volunteers Craig Gardiner (left) and Frank Atherton with first time parkrunner Heidi Bleach are all smiles at the finish – Photo by Abyd Quinn Aziz

No sooner had the field headed off up through the gardens, the front runners were approaching the turnaround point at the end of lap one. There followed a steady flow of runners, this week 148 people ran, jogged and walked the course. 30 were first timers and 10 recorded new personal best times. Representatives of 16 different running clubs took part.

The first male finisher and 1st overall was Gareth Poston of Port Talbot Harriers & AC, crossing the line in 18:57, the second time in 13 appearances. Alfie Davies (JM15-17) was second over the line in 19:06 having been first to finish on 3 previous occasions with Christopher Jeynes of Brackla Harriers, third over the line in 19:24.
The female placings were taken by Jazmine Briganti of Brackla Harriers, first (12th overall) over the line in 22:36 in her first appearance at the Island and her first ever parkrun.
Gwenno GOODE (JW11-14) was second (19th overall) over the line in 23:42 with Louise McKee of Eton Tri, a close third (21st overall) in 23:52 having been first to finish on 5 previous occasions.

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Leading Lady – First time parkrunner Jazmine Briganti on her way to the first female finisher spot – Photo by Nigel James

parkrun is not a race, however this didn’t stop a bit of friendly competition especially from the youngsters. JM10 category runners Oliver McNabb and Deri Hassell, who was taking part in his first ever parkrun, were neck and neck at the final corner, with Oliver taking advantage of the crowd in front of them and just pipping his pal Deri on the line, both finishing in an equal time of 32:57.

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The flying youngsters – JM10 category runners Oliver McNabb (right) and Deri Hassell racing to the finish. – Photo by Abyd Quinn Aziz

Among the first time parkrunners was Etta Dobbins of Major Milers Running Club. Etta took on a real challenge for her first parkrun and completed the 5k alternative course in 34:41. Major Milers RC is a new running club aimed at supporting runners of Llantwit Major and the surrounding areas. The club, formed recently by a few Barry Island parkrunners, is open to all of any ability and meet on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Etta was joined by fellow Milers Jo Wain, also taking part in her first parkrun and Martin Hignell who completed parkrun number 20 in 25:55.

Etta Dobbins in her first ever parkrun (NJ)

Etta Dobbins (Major Milers Running Club) in her first ever parkrun – Photo by Nigel James

There was a special mention during the pre-run briefing for Stuart Keeping who reached the milestone of taking part in 50 runs, with 45 of these being at Barry Island. Stuart welcomed the round of applause he received from his fellow parkrunners and finished his 50th run in a time of 23:08, 16th position overall.

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Reaching the 50 – Stuart Keeping in his 50th parkrun – Photo by Russell Thorne

This coming Saturday sees a second consecutive week on the alternative course. The alternative course requires a few more volunteers than the normal course, so if you would like to help out contact the team via email at or via the Barry Island parkrun Facebook page.

The weekends full results and a complete event history can be found on the Barry Island parkrun Results Page.

The stats bit........

Male placings:
Gareth POSTON (SM30-34) of Port Talbot Harriers & AC, was first over the line in 18:57 - second time in 13 appearances.
Alfie DAVIES (JM15-17) (Unattached) was second over the line in 19:06 - has been first to finish on 3 previous occasions.
Christopher JEYNES (VM40-44) of Brackla Harriers, was third over the line in 19:24.

Female placings:
Jazmine BRIGANTI (SW20-24) of Brackla Harriers, was first (12th overall) over the line in 22:36 - first appearance.
Gwenno GOODE (JW11-14) (Unattached) was second (19th overall) over the line in 23:42.
Louise MCKEE (VW50-54) of Eton Tri, was third (21st overall) over the line in 23:52 - has been first to finish on 5 previous occasions.

The three highest age grades were recorded by:
Jeffrey COX (VM50-54) – 77.99% for the time 19:32 (5th overall).
Ceri TAPPER (VM45-49) – 73.91% for the time 19:29 (4th overall).
Louise MCKEE (VW50-54) – 73.88% for the time 23:52 (21st overall).

The female record is held by Emma WOOKEY who recorded a time of 00:18:09 on 20th June 2015 (event number 8).
The male record is held by Oliver M WILLIAMS who recorded a time of 00:15:58 on 25th March 2017 (event number 100).
The Age Grade course record is held by Angharad MAIR who recorded 88.54% (19:55) on 26th September 2015 (event number 21).

Barry Island parkrun started on 2nd May 2015. Since then 2,528 participants have completed 11,052 parkruns covering a total distance of 55,260 km, including 2,285 new Personal Bests.
The female record is held by Emma WOOKEY who recorded a time of 00:18:09 on 20th June 2015 (event number 8).
The male record is held by Oliver M WILLIAMS who recorded a time of 00:15:58 on 25th March 2017 (event number 100).
The Age Grade course record is held by Angharad MAIR who recorded 88.54% (19:55) on 26th September 2015 (event number 21). Barry Island parkrun started on 2nd May 2015. Since then 2,528 participants have completed 11,052 parkruns covering a total distance of 55,260 km, including 2,285 new personal bests.


Defibrillator Fundraising Appeal – Barry parkruns


Keeping you safe

We are very proud of the Barry parkrunning community and a lot of hard work has gone into our 2 years at Barry Island parkrun to build a full and committed team of core volunteers. We’ve got a great, growing local running community and we want to preserve what we have and protect you, the runners, who are right at the heart of it. We’ve been making good progress on further expanding that community, too, by bringing a junior parkrun to Romilly Park in 2017.

Since the start of the Barry Island parkrun in May 2015, we’re relieved that we’ve not had to deal with any major medical incidents or accidents involving our runners or volunteers. However, as more and more people join the Barry parkrunning family, including the new junior event, the numbers will eventually start to work against us and the risk of experiencing a sudden cardiac arrest at one of our two parkruns will increase. In such a situation, the chances of a positive outcome for the sufferer can be dramatically increased if an Automated External Defibrillator (AED) is available and deployed quickly.

AEDs are portable electronic devices that in the event of a sudden cardiac arrest use an electric shock to re-establish an effective heart rhythm. An AED can be the difference between life and death.

When people wait for paramedics to administer the first shock, the survival rate from a sudden cardiac arrest is only 5-7%. However, when people use an AED and CPR on a casualty within the first three to five minutes of a heart stopping, survival rates are as high as 60%.

parkrun is passionate about providing simple, free and safe events and has a vision to have AEDs available at all parkruns either at the finish line, or accessible within 5 minutes of the finish line. Currently, 82% of 5k parkruns and 86% of 5k parkrunners in the UK have this access to an AED.

To further improve these figures, parkrun has recently stipulated that all new 5k and junior parkruns, from June 2017, must meet this requirement.

Fortunately, our Barry Island 5k parkrun is currently covered by a public-access AED located at Marco’s café.  However, we have hit a stumbling block in setting up the Barry junior parkrun because there are no AED’s currently available to cover the Romilly Park area - so Barry junior parkrun is currently on hold until this AED access can be put in place.


What do we need?

The core teams for Barry Island and Barry junior parkruns have been looking at their options for providing rapid AED access for the two events without undue delays to starting the junior run.  We have concluded that the best overall solution is to buy our own AED. This would be shared between the two Barry events and on run days would be located centrally on each course with a trained volunteer for rapid deployment, if ever needed, by a runner, volunteer or member of the public.

We need raise at least £820 to purchase the AED (via parkrun’s discount scheme) and to provide basic training sessions for members of the volunteer teams.


We really need your help…

This is where you, our fantastic Barry parkrunning community come in. As we approach our second Barry Island anniversary this weekend, we’re launching an appeal on May 2nd, the date we started in 2015, to raise the funds to buy our AED.

As noted above, the new junior parkrun can’t go ahead until we have an AED for it.

Penarth and Dinas Runners and their members have already got things off to a flying start and pledged over £300.  We’d welcome any and all contributions of cakes etc., to encourage people to donate, donate, donate...

All donations, however big or small are very welcome and will all help us reach our target. Nearly 2,500 people have enjoyed running at Barry Island already and over 1,700 runners have now registered Barry Island as their ‘home’ parkrun.

If everyone donated the cost of just one week’s post-parkrun coffee/cake/bacon sandwich to our AED appeal, then we’d hit our target in no time. You might also want to think about how much you might have paid to enter a 5k race recently. Or you might simply want to recognise all the fantastic work of the volunteers teams over the past two years and on into the future.


Donating is easy(-ish)!

parkrun volunteers aren’t allowed to handle cash - so cash collections and donations aren’t possible. However, the preferred means of donating on-line is still pretty straightforward via the Barry Island parkrun website.

Click on the more...' tab to bring up the 'About Us' page, then click the

Donate to parkrun

button you’ll see in the middle of the screen. You can pay via PayPal or with a credit/debit card.

100% of your donation will go to Barry Island parkrun and until we’ve hit our target, to the purchase of the AED for our two local parkruns.

If you’d prefer to make a donation by cheque, please make it payable to ‘parkrun UK Ltd’ and send it to parkrun UK Ltd, 96a Clarendon Road, Leeds LS2 9LB, with a short note to indicate that it’s for the Barry Island parkrun AED appeal.

Anonymous donations are welcome too - please donate by cheque, as above, and also clearly indicate that it's to be an anonymous donation.

Finally, if you know of any local businesses or other organisations (including local running clubs/groups) that may be willing to make a donation then please email us at


Thank you

Thank you for reading this and we sincerely hope you will be able to help.

Please understand, though, that there’s absolutely no obligation to donate.  In line with parkrun’s ethos of providing free, timed weekly runs, it’s entirely up to you to decide whether to donate and how much.

Lyn Evans, Ian Thorne, Claire Thorne (Event Directors) and the core volunteer teams


London Marathon Runners Welcomed Back at Barry Island parkrun

This week’s Barry Island parkrun saw the fifth highest attendance of the 104 previous events with 176 runners taking part, 53 of whom were taking part for the first time and an impressive 34 runners get a new Personal Best time.

As well as the regular runners, a group of 27 visitors from Pencoed Panthers made the trip to the seaside for their first attempt at running the two lap, 5km course.

With running getting plenty of media coverage in the past 2 weeks, there was also a cheer for the London Marathoners taking part, including Georgina Lloyd from BBC’s Mind Over Marathon program.

Ben Butler-Madden, Tracy Elliston, Graham Carrick, Julie Broughton, Georgina Lloyd, Ian Warburton and Tracy Buckle showing off their London Marathon medals. Photo by Dave Shields

Pencoed Panthers, visitors to Barry Island. Photo by Dave Shields

The first finisher this week for the men was Jeff Cox of Les Croupiers RC crossing the line in 18:41 and setting a new Personal Best in the process. An unknown runner was second with Phil Cross taking third place in 19:49
For the ladies, it was Ruth Owens of Penarth & Dinas Runners in first place and a new Personal Best time of 22:25 followed by Leanne Hockey of White Rock Runners in 23:50 with Kirsty Wilson in third place in a time of 24:05.

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Jeff Cox, first finisher. Photo by Kevin Moore

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First for the ladies, Ruth Owens. Photo by Dave Shields

parkrun celebrates the achievements of runners by rewarding them at certain Milestones with a commemorative running shirt. This week there were Milestones for Beverly Ooss, Paul Buckle and Harriet Kehl, all running their 50th parkrun.
Also, Co-Event Director Lyn Evans was volunteering for the 100th time.

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Bev Ooss on her way to completing her 50th parkrun. Photo by Kevin Moore

This coming Saturday, May 6th sees the 2nd Anniversary of Barry Island parkrun.
Organisers are hoping for a bumper turnout to make the event a memorable one. There is also a hint of a couple of celebrity runners paying a visit.
As part of the celebrations for the 2nd Anniversary, a short video featuring all the messages that the runners were asked to write at the 100th event. This can be found on Barry Island parkrun’s Facebook Page, or by following this link.
As is the custom whenever there’s a celebration involving runners, cake will feature heavily and any cake donations will be gratefully received.

Barry Island parkrun is a totally free timed run and takes place every Saturday at 9am under the Eastern Shelter on the promenade at Barry Island and is only made possible thanks to the volunteers who give up their time each week to ensure the event takes place safely. This week there were 25 volunteers, including one from the visiting Pencoed Pathers.
Anyone wishing to take part should first register with parkrun at, print the personal barcode and bring it along on a Saturday morning.
Anyone who would like to help out should also register with parkrun and get in touch at
You don’t have to be a runner to help out and only takes a maximum of 2hrs of your time on a Saturday morning.


Barry Island parkrun, 100th Event

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This coming Saturday will be a huge milestone for Barry Island parkrun.

To date we've completed 99 runs making this week our 100th.
We thought that the best way to celebrate this is to try to make it one of our biggest runs so far.

So, if you've been thinking about taking the plunge and running your very first parkrun, or if you're a regular or only run at Barry Island once or twice then how about taking your place on the start line for our 100th run?

You don't have to run to help us celebrate our Century of events.

We still as usual need volunteers to enable the run to go ahead.

Cake donations would also be greatly appreciated by all.

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Example of a cake.

If you are planning on running, bring a friend...make that two friends and let's make it one of our biggest runs yet.

Make sure if you're running or volunteering that you've registered with parkrun and don't forget to bring your barcode with you or you won't be given a time. Barry Island has a strict 'no barcode, no time - no exceptions' policy in line with parkrun rules.

For more information and to register with parkrun click here.

Check our Facebook Page for the latest info.

If you wish to volunteer you can get in touch with us by clicking here.

For the latest volunteer Roster click here.


Run Report for Event #98 – March 11th 2017

By Lyn Evans

Barry Island parkrun’s numbers continue to hold up well into 2017, with a 13th successive three-figure field, as 141 runners tackled the 5k course this week. This was the ninety-eighth parkrun and the organisers are hoping for big turn-out to mark their 100th event on March 25th, which could also see the 10,000th finisher over the line and 50,000th kilometre chalked up. There are also unsubstantiated reports of an attempt at the course record being planned.

Before setting the runners off, the day’s Run Director, Lyn Evans, presented a certificate to the men’s points league table topper, Robert Newman. Despite being absent for the last few weeks with an injury, Robert had run consistently well since May 2016 to accumulate 3325 points by the end of February.

Points Table Topper Robert Newman (right) back in action. Picture by Russell Thorne.

Runners ‘In the Zone’ heading through the promenade gardens. Picture by Russell Thorne.

Amongst the 141 participants who ran, jogged or walked the course, were 13 first timers and representatives of 14 different clubs. 33 runners set a new course best time, including visitor Geoff Partridge (20:25), Mark Harris (23:04), junior Evan Warburton (25:17), Emma Arscott (26:16), Helen Archer, breaking 30 minutes for the first time with 29:44, Evan Quick (34:50) and clearly enjoying a rare run, Run Director Claire Thorne with 46:32.

Run Director Claire Thorne being paced to a PB by husband and Co-Event Director Ian Thorne. Picture by Ian’s brother Russell Thorne - it's a family thing!

Helen Archer on her way to her first sub-30 minute time. Picture by Russell Thorne.

Junior runners dominated the top placings this week. They took the first 3 overall places and two of the first three female places. Alfie Davies (JM15-17) was first over the line in 19:28, his second time in 5 appearances. Thomas Lowrie (JM15-17) was in second place with a time of 19:45, just ahead of Tom Waters (JM11-14) who clocked his first sub-20 minute time and set a new PB of 19:49.

Junior runners setting a fast early pace. Picture by Russell Thorne.

Louise Flynn was first female (11th overall) over the line in 21:07 - her 8th time in 10 appearances. Caitlin Williams (JW11-14) of SMR (Barry) was second female finisher in 23:15 and Harriet Kehl (JW11-14) was third over the line in 24:16.

First female finisher Louise Flynn. Picture by Russell Thorne.

Tom Waters (JM11-14) topped the age grades scores this week with 75.0%. Malcolm Bradley (VM65-69), from Penarth and Dinas Runners, was just behind with 74.4% for his time of 22:46, with Paul Kehl third. Paul’s 74.1% score corresponded to a time 20:13 - a new PB. As the week’s results illustrate with a 50-plus year age gap between the runners with the top two scores, age grading is a good way for runners of different ages to be able compare their times with each other and against benchmarks for their age. With family groups increasingly running together too, age grades mean that the different generations and genders can compare their times alongside each others’ and set group, as well as individual, improvement targets.

Emma, Simon and baby Arscott enjoying a family run together. Picture by Russell Thorne.

Martin Monckton being paced to a PB by brother Tim. Picture by Russell Thorne.

Smiling tail runner Hilary James. Picture by Russell Thorne.

Barry Island parkrun is a free, weekly 5k timed run and is open to anyone of any ability from age 4 upwards - runners, joggers or walkers alike. It starts at 9:00 a.m. every Saturday morning at Barry Island promenade, normally under the Eastern shelter. Find out more on the run website at: It’s entirely organised by volunteers. Anyone wishing to help out can get in touch by sending an email to:

After 98 Barry Island parkruns, 2,303 different runners, including participants from 202 athletics clubs, have completed 9,702 runs covering a total distance of 48,510 km. There have been 2,027 new Personal Bests. They have been supported by 330 different volunteers in 2,146 roles. There are 1581 runners who’ve registered Barry Island parkrun as their home parkrun.

This week’s full results and a complete event history can be found on the Barry Island parkrun Results Page.

More photographs can be found in the Barry Island parkrun Flickr group. Thanks to this week’s photographer Russell Thorne.


Run Report for Event #97 – March 4th 2017

By Lyn Evans

A busy local running weekend made for a full volunteer roster at Saturday’s Barry Island parkrun, as many of the regular parkrunners rested-up ahead of the Cardiff 10k, Newport Half Marathon and a cross-country meet in Swansea. Some of the volunteers took the opportunity to try out new roles. It was still another three-figure field however, as 118 runners took on the 5k course in cold but sunny conditions. This was the 12th successive field of over 100 runners. So far this year, numbers are up by over 70 per cent compared to the start of 2016.

Before setting the runners off, the day’s Run Director, Lyn Evans, presented certificates to the points league table toppers. It was a Williams family clean-sweep in the women’s table, with Caitlin in first place on 3476 points, mum Lisa in second on 3240 points and big sister Bethan third on 2980 points.

Caitlin (right) and Lisa Williams receive their certificates. Picture by Ian Thorne.

Robert Newman topped the men’s table on 3325 points, closely followed by John Magee on 3041 points, with Michael Elliston third on 2839 points.

John Magee with his second place certificate. Picture by Ian Thorne.

Michael Elliston with his third place certificate. Picture by Ian Thorne.

Special certificates were also awarded to the two most prolific volunteers, Dave Shields and Denise Aplin. Both will shortly be taking up Run Director roles at Barry Island parkrun and the new Barry junior parkrun respectively.

Denise Aplin and Dave Shields (left) receive their volunteer awards from Run Director Lyn Evans. Picture by Ian Thorne.

Runners and volunteers at the ‘gun’. Picture by Ian Thorne.

Amongst the 118 runners there 12 were first time Barry Island parkrunners and representatives of 9 different athletics clubs. These included Jenny Mulhearn from Reading Road Runners and Andrew Williams from Park Bryn Bach Running Club. Jenny commented "Thanks for your hard work and that of all of your volunteers. You have a very picturesque run which we really enjoyed this morning."

Visitors Jenny Mulhearn and Mike Dimmick from Reading. Picture by Ian Thorne.

There was another good crop of Personal Best times this week, with 22 runners setting a new course best time. Junior runners featured prominently on the list, with PB’s for regulars Thomas Lowrie, Tom Waters, Harriet Kehl and Imogen Davies, and for newer but no less enthusiastic runners Evan Gwatkin and Evan Boffy. Some of the senior runners registering a PB included Simon Arscott in fourth place, Brian Thain, Martin Hignell (paced very effectively by Nigel Rees), Jennifer Lewis and Richard Jackson.

Speedsters Nigel Rees and Martin Hignell in full flow. Picture courtesy of Jimmy Man.

Thomas Lowrie (JM15-17) was first over the line this week with a new PB time of 19:19 - his first top spot in 33 appearances. He was just ahead of Matthew Ryan, who finished second in 19:25. Tom Waters (JM11-14) finished third with a new PB of 20:34.

Louise McKee from Eton Tri, was first female (17th overall) over the line in 22:44, her 5th time in 9 appearances. Caitlin Williams (JW11-14) of SMR (Barry), was second (20th overall) over the line in 23:06 and Harriet Kehl (JW11-14) was third over the line with a new PB of 23:52.

There were 3 juniors in the top 5 this week, with Ben Ray (JM11-14) from Barry & Vale Harriers picking up 5th spot, and 5 PB times amongst the first 10 places.

Some of this week’s junior runners in action on the prom. Picture by Ian Thorne.

Phil and Nicola Leach putting in a strong finish. Picture by Ian Thorne.

There's been a very good response to the recent appeal for volunteers to support a junior parkrun at Romilly Park in Barry. Lyn Evans, the parkrun ambassador responsible for setting up the event commented “We’ve had a fantastic response to our volunteer appeal for a Barry junior parkrun, with over 25 people offering to help. The essential Event Director and four Run Director roles have been filled by experienced parkrun volunteers and we’re now working together to finalise for a start later in the Spring. Once all the appropriate child safeguarding measures are in place, then we’ll be able to announce a start date. The team is very excited at the prospect.

In the UK, more than 2 million people have now registered with parkrun. All that’s needed to enjoy the first full parkrun experience is to sign up, turn up and run (or walk or jog) 5k. Presenting a personal barcode at the finish ensures a time in the week’s results - so don’t forget it.

Barry Island parkrun is a free, weekly 5k timed run and is open to anyone of any ability from age 4 upwards - runners, joggers or walkers alike. It starts at 9:00 a.m. every Saturday morning at Barry Island promenade, normally under the Eastern shelter. Find out more on the run website at: It’s entirely organised by volunteers. Anyone wishing to help out can get in touch by sending an email to:

After 97 Barry Island parkruns, 2,290 different runners, including participants from 203 athletics clubs, have completed 9,561 runs covering a total distance of 47,805 km. There have been 1,994 new Personal Bests. They have been supported by 330 different volunteers in over 2,100 roles.

This week’s finish line volunteers eagerly awaiting the first runners. Picture by Ian Thorne.

This week’s full results and a complete event history can be found on the Barry Island parkrun Results Page.

More photographs can be found in the Barry Island parkrun Flickr group.