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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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