Wet weather didn’t stop record attendance at Barry Island parkrun

In case you missed it, here's a link the the Barry and District News' digital report on the back-to back New Year's Eve and New Year's Day parkruns at Barry Island.

Wet weather didn’t stop record attendance at Barry Island parkrun

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Run report – Event #89 7th Jan 2017

by Ian Jenkins

A foggy start to the morning meant that this weeks 102 runners were out of sight within a few minutes of the start of event 89. The second event of 2017 saw a 52% increase in numbers in comparison with the second event of the previous year.

They're off.... - Photo by Russell Thorne

They're off.... - Photo by Russell Thorne

Unforseen circumstances saw a change from the usual Eastern Shelter start with the course switched to the much loved 3 lap alternative.

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Michael Elliston contemplates the forthcoming 3 laps. Photo by Kevin Moore

16 first timers listened attentively to the new runners briefing, delivered by Richard Williams of Seriously Mad Runners (Barry). Richard, a regular runner and volunteer at Barry Island along with his family, took on two volunteer roles this week and was one of a team of 24, some of which were first time volunteers with others taking on roles they had not done previously.

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Richard (centre) briefs the new runners – Photo by Malcolm Bradley

With the timekeepers and course marshals in position the runners headed off up the hill and out to Nells Point and up ‘Heartbreak Hill’ on the first of the three challenging laps.
First male to cross the finish line was Ben Butler-Madden of Penarth & Dinas Runners, finishing in 18:07, almost 2 minutes clear of the rest of the field. This was the 4th time in 12 appearances that Ben has crossed the line in top spot and also recorded the best age graded score of the day with 72.77%. Second position went to new barcode owner Joe Hewitt. Joe, of Barry & Vale Harriers, crossed the line in 19:52 just 4 seconds ahead of Scott Redfern in third.

Ben Butler-Madden, flying into first spot - Photo by Russell Thorne

Ben Butler-Madden, flying into first spot- Photo by Russell Thorne

Personal best times are few and far between on the alternative course, Rachel Eales of Hyde Park Harriers recording the first of six for the days event. Rachel, for the third time in five appearances at Barry Island parkrun, was the first female finisher and recorded a time of 21:11. Finishing in fifth spot overall Rachel recorded the second best age grade score of the day with 69.87%. Elin Carys Morgan was second female over the line in 21:29, with Libby McKinney of Barry & Vale Harriers third female to finish with 25:54.

Also recording personal best times for the course were Nick Lavender (21:30), Laura Davenport (27:48), Eleri Tainton (29:55), Nick Everitt (32:07). The final PB of the morning was recorded by Dylan Kerbey (38:30), running in the JM10 category and taking part in only his second ever parkrun.

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In the zone ...... Liz Mallen and Joe Hewitt - Photos by Russel Thorne

It was another good showing from members of Seriously Mad Runners (Barry) with 17 runners including first time parkrunner Darryl Beaver. This weeks SMR contingent have racked up a massive total of 842 parkruns between them across various event across the United Kingdom.

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Rejoicing at the alternative course, SMRs very own Martyn Parsons – Photo by Kevin Moore

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Running in sync - Photo by Russell Thorne

parkrun is a series of 5k runs held on Saturday mornings in areas of open space around the UK. They are open to all and are safe and easy to take part in. parkrun is not a race. It is you against the clock. It is entirely organised by volunteers and is completely free but registration is required before your first run. Register at www.parkrun.org.uk/register.
Each event needs a minimum number of volunteers each week in order to go ahead. Safety is paramount at each event and the volunteers ensure the course is well marshalled. If you would like to join the volunteer team contact barryislandhelpers@parkrun.com for further information.

Barry Island parkrun
Event number 89
7th January 2017

Male placings:
Ben BUTLER-MADDEN (VM35-39) of Penarth & Dinas Runners, was first over the line in 18:07 - 4th time in 12 appearances.
Joe HEWITT (JM15-17) of Barry & Vale Harriers, was second over the line in 19:52.
Scott REDFERN (SM25-29) (Unattached) was third over the line in 19:56.

Current standing in the Men's annual points competition:
Robert NEWMAN (Unattached) 3133 pts.
John MAGEE (Les Croupiers RC) 2473 pts.
Michael ELLISTON (Les Croupiers RC) 2293 pts.

Female placings:
Rachel EALES (SW30-34) of Hyde Park Harriers, was first (5th overall) over the line in 21:11 - third time in 5 appearances.
Elin Carys MORGAN (SW25-29) (Unattached) was second (8th overall) over the line in 21:29 - has been first to finish on 2 previous occasions.
Libby MCKINNEY (JW11-14) of Barry & Vale Harriers, was third (24th overall) over the line in 25:54.

Current standing in the Women's annual points competition:
Caitlin WILLIAMS (Seriously Mad Runners (Barry)) 2887 pts.
Lisa WILLIAMS (Seriously Mad Runners (Barry)) 2704 pts.
Bethan WILLIAMS (Seriously Mad Runners (Barry)) 2510 pts.

The following runners recorded the best Age Grade scores:
Ben BUTLER-MADDEN (VM35-39) was graded 72.77% for the time 18:07 (first overall).
Rachel EALES (SW30-34) was graded 69.87% for the time 21:11 (5th overall).
Paul KEHL (VM50-54) was graded 69.74% for the time 21:29 (9th overall).

This week there were 102 runners, of whom 16 were first timers and 6 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 11 different athletics clubs took part.

Barry Island parkrun started on 2nd May 2015, and since then 2,164 different runners, including participants from 200 athletics clubs, have completed 8,523 runs covering a total distance of 42,615 km, and there have been 1,753 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).

Event 89 full results and a complete event history can be found on the Barry Island parkrun Results Page.

 

High Winds and Christmas Fun

Barbara, the second storm of the season left Barry Island relatively untouched but there remained a strong breeze to greet the runners this Saturday. It was a cold, very windy but dry.

As it was also Christmas Eve The runners were invited to wear fancy dress for the 5km run and they didn’t disappoint, there were plenty of people dressed up for the occasion providing a sea of red & green with plenty of antlers and bells and even a traffic cone!
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Runners enjoying the chance to dress up. Photos by Kevin Moore

The run itself was a busy one with the third highest attendance of 158. This also meant that as there were 16 first timers, Barry Island parkrun saw its total number of different runners pass the 2000 mark since the first event in May 2015.

Gareth Hurman was first to finish in a time of 18:05, the second time he’s crossed the line first in 6 attempts. Second finisher was Andrew How of Hendre Lake Running Club stopping the clock in 18:29. Third finisher was an unknown runner as he did not present his personal barcode to enable his time to be recorded.

For the ladies, it was the second consecutive first place for Elin Carys Morgan of Cardiff University AC, beating last weeks time by 12 seconds to cross the line in 21:02. Second of the ladies was Louise Beetlstone of Eryri Harriers in 22:05 and third was junior runner Moli Lyons of Barry Harriers completing the course in 22:34.

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Santa's little helpers. Photo by Russell Thorne

Barry Island parkrun has welcomed 7990 finishers in its 86 events since May 2nd 2015, completing a total distance of 39,950 km with is almost exactly the distance of one complete trip around the equator, or a 10th of the distance from Barry Island to the Moon.

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Our Festive turnaround cone & colourful start line. Photos by Ian Thorne & Ben Butler-Madden

Looking forward to this coming weekend there is the usual Saturday parkrun on New Year’s Day at 9am and also a bonus run on New Year’s Day. The New Year’s Day run takes place at the later time of 10:30am. The later time will enable runners to take part in Cardiff parkrun which starts at 9am and still get back to Barry Island for their second parkrun of the day at 10:30am. If that wasn’t enough, there is alson the New Year’s Day swim taking place at Midday.

New Year’s Day 2016 saw the highest ever attendance of Barry Island parkrun as 236 runners took part. As numbers have been steadily increasing throughout the year a new record attendance could be set on Sunday.

With all the extra people traveling to Barry Island over the New Year weekend, Barry Island parkrun are looking for extra volunteers to help out over the weekend. If you are able to help on either Saturday or Sunday morning then please get in touch at barryislandhelpers@parkrun.com You don’t have to be a runner to help out and no experience is necessary. Volunteering takes up approximately 90 mins of your time and can be great fun.

The stats for this week.

Male placings:
Gareth HURMAN (SM18-19) (Unattached) was first over the line in 18:05 - second time in 6 appearances.
Andrew HOW (VM35-39) of Hendre Lake Running Club, was second over the line in 18:29 - was first to finish once before.
An unknown runner was third.

Current standing in the Men's annual points competition:
Robert NEWMAN (Unattached) 2854 pts.
John MAGEE (Les Croupiers RC) 2284 pts.
Michael ELLISTON (Les Croupiers RC) 2052 pts.

Female placings:
Elin Carys MORGAN (SW25-29) of Cardiff University AC, was first (9th overall) over the line in 21:02 - second time in 3 appearances.
Louise BEETLESTONE (VW35-39) of Eryri Harriers, was second (13th overall) over the line in 22:05.
Moli LYONS (JW11-14) of Barry & Vale Harriers, was third (18th overall) over the line in 22:34 - was first to finish once before.

Current standing in the Women's annual points competition:
Caitlin WILLIAMS (Seriously Mad Runners (Barry)) 2705 pts.
Lisa WILLIAMS (Seriously Mad Runners (Barry)) 2615 pts.
Bethan WILLIAMS (Seriously Mad Runners (Barry)) 2332 pts.

The following runners recorded the best Age Grade scores:
Annette NEWTON (VW60-64) was graded 76.19% for the time 26:36 (53rd overall).
Jeffrey COX (VM50-54) was graded 74.86% for the time 20:21 (5th overall).
Andrew HOW (VM35-39) was graded 73.31% for the time 18:29 (second overall).

This week there were 158 runners, of whom 16 were first timers and 16 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 17 different athletics clubs took part.

Barry Island parkrun started on 2nd May 2015, and since then 2,001 different runners, including participants from 186 athletics clubs, have completed 7,990 runs covering a total distance of 39,950 km, and there have been 1,694 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).

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

 

Event #83 – Run Report

By Lyn Evans

It was another 3-figure field at Barry Island on Saturday morning for parkrun number 83, as exactly 100 runners took to the 5k course, supported by a crack team of 20 volunteers.

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A view of the start from the S-Bend corner on Nell’s Point. Photograph by Ian Jenkins.

Taking pride of place amongst them this week were Kevin Moore and Derek Marshall. Kevin achieved his 25 volunteer milestone t-shirt, whilst birthday boy Derek notched up his 50th volunteer outing at Barry Island. Both milestones were announced by Run Director Lyn Evans, to warm applause from the appreciative runners. Kevin provides professional quality run photos for the event which are very popular with runners. Derek is a regular volunteer at local races as well as parkrun, and could be heard directing and cheering runners at both this year’s Cardiff half marathons.

The 10,000 volunteers each week are the life blood of the 400-plus free, timed 5k Saturday morning that take place across the UK. Barry Island parkrun’s are amongst the friendliest and most supportive volunteers out there.

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Kevin Moore in action. Photographs by Simon Arscott.

23 runners clocked up a new personal best time this week. The long list of PBs, from right across the field, included junior Ieuan Williams (22:05) from SYtri, Helen Kerbey (27:50), and three Seriously Mad Runners Helen McCarthy (29:07), Hilary James (35:02) and Rachel Gibbs (37:01).

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Another PB for Helen McCarthy. Photograph by Kevin Moore.

Visitor Rob Smart, of Octavian Droobers Orienteering Club (I'm grateful to Rob's wife who told me just to say "Warwickshire" in the Runners' briefing) , celebrated his 100th parkrun with a new course PB of 24:00. Other visitors included the returning Williams family from Shropshire, and first timer Geraint Jones from Twickenham Rowing Club (I checked and it's definitely 'Rowing').

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A PB and 100th parkrun for visitor Rob Smart. Photograph by Kevin Moore.

Leading the field home was Jeff Cox (Les Croupiers RC) in a time of 19:57 - the second time Jeff’s been first finisher in his 23 appearances. Robert Newman came in second in 20:35 with Paul Kehl third, just behind in 20:39, Paul’s best placing in 21 Barry Island parkruns.

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First finisher Jeff Cox from Les Croupiers RC. Photograph by Kevin Moore.

Marianne Paterson of Cornelly Striders AC, claimed the first female finisher spot (17th overall) in her first appearance with a time of 23:43. Junior runner Harriet Kehl continued her consistent form and finished second in 25:10, with Nia Hopkin third in a new PB of 27:40.

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First female Finisher Marianne Paterson from Cornelly Striders AC. Photograph by Kevin Moore.

There were 16 junior runners taking part this week, including 6 under-10’s. Some were ‘veterans’ like Ieuan Williams and Rhys McNabb, both with over 50 parkruns each. Others are much newer to parkrun. Anyone from the age of four upwards can register and take part in a parkrun. It’s a great family experience. For safety reasons, under-4’s cannot take part in 5k parkruns, and all under-11’s must be accompanied by a responsible adult.

Local junior runners will soon, however, be able to take part in their very own junior parkrun too. The announcement of a new junior parkrun in Barry is imminent. junior parkruns are free, timed 2k Sunday morning runs for 4 to 14 year olds, where they can run unaccompanied. The junior parkrun team will be putting a call out for volunteers to help organise the event in the near future.

Over the coming festive period, Barry Island parkrun will be going ahead on Saturdays as normal at 9:00 a.m. on December 24th (Christmas Eve) and December 31st (New Year’s Eve). There will be an extra New Year’s Day parkrun at 10:30 on Sunday January 1st. The unusual start time is to allow runners and volunteers the option of doubling-up (a parkrun tradition) with a nearby parkrun - in this case Cardiff parkrun in Blackweir, which will take place at 9:00 a.m. There’s also the opportunity for a unique to treble by taking in the New Year’s Day charity beach swim at mid-day, too. There was a record attendance last New Year ’s Day of 239 which the team would like to beat in 2017.

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 under the Eastern Shelter of Barry Island promenade, near the beach huts. Find out more on the run website at: www.parkrun.org.uk/barryisland. It’s entirely run by volunteers. Anyone wishing to help out can get in touch by sending an email to: barryislandhelpers@parkrun.com.

Since Barry Island parkrun started in May 2015, 1,975 different runners, including participants from 181 athletics clubs, have completed 7,699 runs covering a total distance of 38,495 km, and there have been 1,645 new Personal Bests.  It's getting close to our 2,000th separate finisher - just 25 more to go.  Will it be you?

Thank you to this week's photographers Ian Jenkins, Simon Arscott and Kevin Moore. You can catch their work in the Barry Island parkrun Flickr group: https://www.flickr.com/groups/barryisland-parkrun/pool/

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

Annual Points League Announcement

And finally... a word on the Annual Points League. The current standings are:

Men
Robert Newman (Unattached) 2565 pts
John Magee (Les Croupiers RC) 2199 pts
Michael Elliston (Les Croupiers RC) 1870 pts

Women
Caitlin Williams (Seriously Mad Runners (Barry)) 2514 pts
Lisa Williams (Seriously Mad Runners (Barry)) 2461 pts
Bethan Williams (Seriously Mad Runners (Barry)) 2149 pts

parkrun recently announced that the annual points leagues will be coming to an end, globally, at the end of February 2017.  You can read the communication from parkrun's Chief Operating Officer, Tom Willimas, here: http://www.parkrun.com/news/2016/11/25/points-league-announcement/

Barry Island will be continuing with the tables until February 27th 2017.

We'll see you all same time, same place next Saturday.

 

Event #82 – Dry weather attracts more than 100 runners to Barry Island parkrun

This was the on-line run report for Barry Island prkrun #82, published in the Barry and District News.

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'Dry weather attracts more than 100 runners to Barry Island parkrun'

 

 

“Possibly the worst parkrun weather in my 270 something parkruns”*

Barry Island parkrun - Event number 81 - 19th November 2016

Report by Lyn Evans

Despite the atrocious weather conditions last Saturday morning, 79 hardy runners tackled a cold, wet and windy Barry Island parkrun, supported by an even hardier 21-strong volunteer team. Experienced parkrunner, Sally Wilder was one of many runners to pay tribute to the volunteers. She said “Thank you all so much. I rate this morning as possibly the worst parkrun weather in all my two hundred and seventy something parkruns!”  (* Actually, Sally, it's 281 now.)

Another popular parkrun family were spotted in the shelter pre-run - but mysteriously disappeared just before the start!

There were 13 first time Barry Island runners, including three of the first ten finishers. Representatives of 8 different athletics clubs took part, amongst them a group of old and new members of Penarth and Dinas Runners, most notably Clem and Janice Clement, visiting from their temporary base in Glasgow.

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Clem and Janice sporting their new Scottish running headwear. Pictures by Kevin Moore Photography

Battling the elements, 8 runners recorded new course Personal Best times this week, including Kelson Mathias (34:08), Peter Trott (27:13), Susie Lyn Jones (36:34), Brian Jones (37:57) and Gaynor Loveless (39:10).

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Defying the elements - new course PBs for Brian Jones and Gaynor Loveless. Picture by Kevin Moore Photography

There was a milestone run this week for John Magee (Les Croupiers RC), completing his 200th parkrun. Amber Condy recently reached her 25th volunteering milestone and proudly sported her new aubergine t-shirt for a quick photograph before wrapping back up (just like Bev Ooss on the prom) for duty as one of this week’s barcode scanners. John and Amber were both applauded by the assembled runners before the start of the run.

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Volunteer Amber Condy in her 25 t-shirt. Photograph by Kevin Moore Photography

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Volunteer Bev Ooss wrapped up for prom marshalling duties. Photograph by Kevin Moore Photography

Chris Alborough led the field home in a time of 18:50, with Andrew Birch second over the line in 19:53. Both were first time visitors to Barry Island. Scott Redfern was third in his ninth visit with a time of 20:13.

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First finisher Chris Alborough. Picture by Kevin Moore Photography

Sally Wilder, from San Domenico RC, claimed the first female finisher spot (13th overall) in 22:32. This was the 24th time that she’s finished as first female, but the very first time since the birth of daughter Lilly, who shared 4th place overall in her buggy after being pushed around the course in a time of 20:53 by dad Richard.
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First female finisher Sally Wilder. Picture by Kevin Moore Photography

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Richard and Lilly Wilder finishing in Fourth place. Picture by Kevin Moore Photography.

Keeping up her recent good form, junior runner Harriet Kehl was second (23rd overall) over the line in 26:22, with Rhian Lees third in 27:54.

Andrew Birch (VM45-49) recorded the best Age Grade score with 71.8% for his time of 19:53, in second place. Frank Atherton (VM55-59) was graded second, with 69.4% for his time of 22:31 (12th place). Paul Kehl (VM50-54) was graded 69.3% with a time of 21:28 (6th place).

And yes, it was cold and wet out there...

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DSC_6837 DSC_7093Pictures by Kevin Moore Photography

Plans have recently been firmed up for the Barry Island parkruns over for the holiday period. Saturday parkruns will take place as normal at 9:00 a.m. on Saturday December 24th (Christmas Eve) and Saturday December 31st (New Year’s Eve), with an extra New Year’s Day parkrun at 10:30 on Sunday January 1st. The unusual start time is to allow runners and volunteers the option of doubling-up (a parkrun tradition) with a nearby parkrun - in this case Cardiff parkrun in Blackweir, which will take place at 9:00 a.m. There’s also the opportunity for a unique to treble by taking in the New Year’s Day charity beach swim at mid-day, too.

Barry Island parkrun is a free, weekly 5k timed run and is open to anyone of any ability - runners, joggers or walkers alike. It starts at 9:00 a.m. every Saturday morning under the Eastern Shelter of Barry Island promenade, near the beach huts. Find out more on the run website at: www.parkrun.org.uk/barryisland. It’s entirely run by volunteers. Anyone wishing to help out can get in touch by sending an email to: barryislandhelpers@parkrun.com.

Since Barry Island parkrun started in May 2015, 81 runs have now been held with 1,957 different runners, including participants from 180 athletics clubs, completing 7,497 runs covering a total distance of 37,485 km. There have been 1,589 new course Personal Bests set

This week's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Barry Island parkrun Results Page, and you'll find more photos in the Barry Island parkrun Flickr group.

 

Event #80 Run Report

by Ian Jenkins

It was a slightly damp affair but luckily the worst of the weather had already passed as the 91 runners made their way to the beach huts for the start of event number 80.

 

Ready for the off. Photo by Ian Thorne

 

Matthew Ryan, a regular visitor to the Island course with 31 visits, went one better than his 2nd position on this weekend last year crossing the line in 1st position, the third time he has finished ahead of the rest of the field. Matthew looked comfortable as he stopped the watch in 20:10 but is was very close for 2nd with Craig Merryfield needing to record a personal best time of 20:34 with Robert Newman finishing 3rd in 20:37.

 

Crossing the bridge with 500m to go. Photo by Ian Thorne

 

Paul Kehl posted the best age grade result of the day, 71.13% , finishing 4th overall in a time of 20:54. John Magee (Les Croups RC), one run away from a double century, crossed the line in 5th position with 21:03. Christopher Ross of Stafford Harriers finished 6th in his first visit to the Island with 21:46 with less than 10 seconds separating him from parkrun lover Michael Elliston (Les Croups RC), 7th in 21:55. Positions 8 and 9 brought personal best times for John Aspell and Tim Cummings (Les Croups RC), finishing in 21:57 and 22:11 respectively with Nick Lavender rounding off the top 10 in 22:15.
First lady finisher was Jess Kington in 24:21. 2nd lady home was Harriet Kehl (JW11-14 category) in 25:07 with Jillian Ross of Stafford Harriers 3rd lady across the line on her first visit to the Island with 26:46.
Amongst this week’s runners 13 were first timers, 8 of which were taking part in there very first parkrun. This week 18 runners recorded new personal best times.

 

Alex Germon on her way to a 5k personal best. Photo courtesy of Kevin Moore Photography

 

There was no shortage of volunteers this week with 24 hardy souls dotted around the course in various roles. This week welcomed 1st time volunteers Jamie Everitt and Ashleigh Everitt. Jamie took part in the inaugural event and, having completed a few parkruns recently, decided it was time to give something back to the event.

Finish Funnel Family - Photo by Lisa Williams

 

 

Alison Reed taking part in her first ever run with volunteer Richard Street. Photo by Ian Thorne

 

Since it started in May 2015 1,944 different runners have taken part in Barry Island parkrun, covering a distance of 37,090km, the approximate equivalent of a return flight from to Auckland, NZ to Paris, France (the one way trip once recorded as being the longest non-stop flight by a commercial airliner (news.bbc.co.uk), a distance of 18,545km).

Each event needs a minimum number of volunteers each week in order to go ahead. Safety is paramount at each event and the volunteers ensure the course is well marshalled. If you would like to join the volunteer team contact barryislandhelpers@parkrun.com for further information.

 

Barry Island parkrun
Event number 80
12th November 2016

Male placings:
Matthew RYAN (VM40-44) (Unattached) was first over the line in 20:10 - third time in 31 appearances.
Craig MERRIFIELD (VM40-44) (Unattached) was second over the line in 20:34.
Robert NEWMAN (VM45-49) (Unattached) was third over the line in 20:37.

Current standing in the Men's annual points competition:
Robert NEWMAN (Unattached) 2270 pts.
John MAGEE (Les Croupiers RC) 1917 pts.
John DYER (Pegasus RC (Cardiff)) 1622 pts.

Female placings:
Jess KINGSTON (VW35-39) (Unattached) was first (21st overall) over the line in 24:21 - first time in 8 appearances.
Harriet KEHL (JW11-14) (Unattached) was second (24th overall) over the line in 25:07.
Jillian ROSS (VW50-54) of Stafford Harriers, was third (29th overall) over the line in 26:46.

Current standing in the Women's annual points competition:
Caitlin WILLIAMS (Seriously Mad Runners (Barry)) 2417 pts.
Lisa WILLIAMS (Seriously Mad Runners (Barry)) 2367 pts.
Bethan WILLIAMS (Seriously Mad Runners (Barry)) 2149 pts.

The following runners recorded the best Age Grade scores:
Paul KEHL (VM50-54) was graded 71.13% for the time 20:54 (4th overall).
Christopher ROSS (VM50-54) was graded 68.84% for the time 21:46 (6th overall).
Robert NEWMAN (VM45-49) was graded 68.80% for the time 20:37 (third overall).

This week there were 91 runners, of whom 13 were first timers and 18 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 10 different athletics clubs took part.

Barry Island parkrun started on 2nd May 2015, and since then 1,944 different runners, including participants from 180 athletics clubs, have completed 7,418 runs covering a total distance of 37,090 km, and there have been 1,581 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).

 

Halloween Horror of Heartbreak Hill

Barry Island parkrun – 29th October 2016, Event 78

Report by Ian Jenkins

It was a quite a scary affair at Barry Island parkrun event number 78. The first fright was the announcement that the ‘kit man’, (aka co event director Lyn Evans) had failed to show up with all the technical equipment needed for the run to go ahead. Shock horror on the faces of the 116 runners and the 25 strong volunteer team soon turned to relief when the call came over the radio that the kit man had been found wandering around Nells Point, having become somewhat disorientated by the mist and drizzle. It soon became apparent that the runners had been tricked and were in for a real treat as sneakily re-positioned start and finish lines meant the runners had to tackle the beloved Heartbreak Hill 3 times whilst running the vamped up regular course.
With runners and volunteers being kept in the dark there was a slight delay to the usual 9am start. Luckily no-one was howling mad as the runners set off on their first trek up Heartbreak Hill.

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The resident Wolfman – Photo by Kevin Moore

Unfortunately parkruns strict ‘no barcode-no time’ policy meant that the events first runner home was recorded as unknown. The ghostly figure was closely followed by Alfie Davies (JM15-17), second over the line in 19:09 with Martin Wade of 614 (County of Glamorgan) Sqn RAF Reserves third over the line in 19:41 completing the male top 3 placings.

Lap one leaders (Kevin Moore)

Lap one leaders – Picture by Kevin Moore

Completing the top 3 female placings were Sally Wilder of San Domenico RC, (first lady home and 10th overall) crossing the line in 22:15 the 23rd time in 36 appearances.
Caitlin Williams (JW11-14) of Seriously Mad Runners (Barry), was second (24th overall) over the line in 24:03 and Annette Newton of BRJ Run and Tri, was third (28th overall) over the line in 25:03.

Leading lady - Sally Wilder (Kevin Moore)

Leading lady, Sally Wilder heading back up the prom – Photo by Kevin Moore

There was yet again another great showing of newcomers to the Island with 27 putting in their first appearances. Among the first timers to the Island were Adam Newton of Spa Striders RC (23:47), Katja Empson (29:48), Alexander Brown (22:03), Monique Hibbert (34:02), Jen Steer (34:42).

Shaun Driscoll posted a time of 27:56 in his first ever parkrun. Also taking part in their first ever parkruns were Sian Rees (48:38), Miriam Rees (48:25), Kayla Cradit (33:52), Lewis Lawler, Emily Hibbert and Bibi Jones all running in the JM10 and JW10 categories with times of 39:30, 34:01 and 40:31 respectively. Also completing their first ever parkrun and also in the JM10 and JW10 were Owen Thomas (30:19), and Amelia Wildgoose (29:50) Other first time parkrunners were Melanie Aspell (42:29), Megan Aspell (42:28), Sarah Fox (38:59), Michael Jones (40:32), Tony Dutton (40:37), Sarah Davies (39:34), Rhian Thomas (33:47), John Aspell (23:09), Jemma Yorke (33:44), Gareth Thomas (30:20), Adam Burge (33:44) and Samantha Blake (30:30).

Seriously Mad Runners (Barry)’s very own Geoff Twigg was in a celebratory mood notching up the milestone of parkrun number 50. Geoff, a Saturday morning regular took to the course bandaged and ballooned, finishing in a time of 31:21.

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It’s the big 5-0 for Geoff Twigg – Photo by Malcolm Bradley

Seriously Mad Runner Sally Bloomfield thought the course change was 'criminal. Photo by Kevin Moore

Seriously Mad Runner Sally Bloomfield thought the course change was criminal – Photo by Kevin Moore

Awaiting their fate ...... (Julie Dennis)

116 runners await their fate – Photo by Julie Dennis

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Volunteers Nigel and Megan Rees dressed for the occasion - Photo courtesy of Kevin Moore

It’s a 1,2, 3 for the Williams girls in the current women's annual points competition standings
Caitlin Williams leads the way on 2217 pts, mum Lisa in second on 2174 pts and sister Bethan in third on 2149 pts.

Current standings in the men's annual points competition are Robert Newman (Unattached) 2079 pts well ahead in 1st with John Magee (Les Croupiers RC) in second on 1729 pts ahead of John Dyer (Pegasus RC (Cardiff)) in third on 1537 pts.

Representatives of 13 different athletics clubs took part in even number 78 with 14 runners recording personal best times for the course.
If you would like to get involved with parkrun either as a runner or a volunteer you will need to register at www.parkrun.org.uk/register. Registration is completely free. Barry Island parkrun takes place every Saturday at 9am. Contact the team by email at barryislandhelpers@parkrun.com for further information.

 

Nurse Treats Walking Wounded To Laughter

by Claire Thorne

This Saturday saw Barry Island parkrun again switching to the alternative course to accommodate another event.
With the Chase the Rainbow Colour Run taking place in aid of Children In Need the parkrunners were once again treated to the thrills of three laps of the seaside course instead of the usual two.

81 runners took a chance on the weather and started the 76th running of Barry Island parkrun, of which 10 were first timers, including some visitors from Trowbridge who wanted to take on the challenge of ‘Heartbreak Hill’. Alternative courses are longer than the normal 5km to prevent Personal Best times being set, this didn’t stop 5 runners who this week secured a new best time.

First over the line on in a time of 20:06 was Jeffrey Cox (Les Croupiers), the first time he’s finished first in his 20 runs. Second place went to Matthew Ryan (20:36) and third was Scott Redfern in a time of 20:51.

First lady to cross the finish line in overall 14th place was annual points leader and junior runner Caitlin Williams (Seriously Mad Runners) in a time of 24:30, second place was Sarah Louise Fry crossing the line in 25:03 and third place went to Lisa Williams (Seriously Mad Runners) making her way around the three lap course in a time of 27:42.

In the annual points table it’s a clean sweep for the Williams family with Caitlin (Seriously Mad Runners) leading the way on 2020 pts, Second place is Lisa (Seriously Mad Runners) with 1986 pts and in third place, Bethan (Seriously Mad Runners) on 1959 pts.

The male points table is led by Robert Newman on 1890 pts from John Magee (Les Croupiers RC) and in third place on 1448 pts is John Dyer (Pegasus RC).

There was a party atmosphere this week as regular runner and volunteer Martyn Parsons took on the role of Tail Runner with a difference…dressed as a nurse!
What started out as just a bit of fun for his birthday soon took over the whole event as many members of his running group, Barry’s Seriously Mad Runners lived up to their name by dressing up as patients to run or marshal the course. Martyn had no idea this was happening as it was all organised in secret to give him a surprise.
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Photo by Kevin Moore

It’s back to the normal two lap course this coming Saturday which means Barry Island parkrun will be issuing their weekly plea for helpers. This weekend it’s a ‘Pacer Week’ in which there are runners that will complete the course in a set time to enable other runners to follow them to what is hoped will be a Personal Best time.

Barry Island parkrun is organised and run entirely by volunteers who give up their time each week to enable the event to take place. There are a minimum number of helpers needed to ensure the event can take place safely. The event is free to take part in and all abilities are welcome, from complete beginner to seasoned athlete.
If you would like to get involved either as a runner or a volunteer then get in touch at barryislandhelpers@parkrun.com

This weeks stats look like this

Male placings:
Jeffrey COX (VM50-54) of Les Croupiers RC, was first over the line in 20:06 - first time in 20 appearances.
Matthew RYAN (VM40-44) (Unattached) was second over the line in 20:36 - has been first to finish on 2 previous occasions.
Scott REDFERN (SM25-29) (Unattached) was third over the line in 20:51.

Current standing in the Men's annual points competition:
Robert NEWMAN (Unattached) 1890 pts.
John MAGEE (Les Croupiers RC) 1536 pts.
John DYER (Pegasus RC (Cardiff)) 1448 pts.

Female placings:
Caitlin WILLIAMS (JW11-14) of Seriously Mad Runners (Barry), was first (14th overall) over the line in 24:30 - 4th time in 57 appearances.
Sarah Louise FRY (VW40-44) (Unattached) was second (23rd overall) over the line in 25:03.
Lisa WILLIAMS (VW40-44) of Seriously Mad Runners (Barry), was third (28th overall) over the line in 27:42.

Current standing in the Women's annual points competition:
Caitlin WILLIAMS (Seriously Mad Runners (Barry)) 2020 pts.
Lisa WILLIAMS (Seriously Mad Runners (Barry)) 1986 pts.
Bethan WILLIAMS (Seriously Mad Runners (Barry)) 1959 pts.

The following runners recorded the best Age Grade scores:
Jeffrey COX (VM50-54) was graded 75.21% for the time 20:06 (first overall).
Paul KEHL (VM50-54) was graded 69.25% for the time 21:28 (5th overall).
Gina HARDMAN (VM50-54) was graded 68.72% for the time 21:38 (6th overall).

This week there were 81 runners, of whom 10 were first timers and 5 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 12 different athletics clubs took part.

Barry Island parkrun started on 2nd May 2015, and since then 1,853 different runners, including participants from 176 athletics clubs, have completed 6,935 runs covering a total distance of 34,675 km, and there have been 1,469 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).

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

 

Run Report – Event #75 – October 8 2016

Report by: Lyn Evans

Near-perfect running conditions on Saturday morning led to a new record 41 personal best times being set by the 106 Barry Island parkrunners.   The field included 14 first time runners, 9 of them enjoying their first ever 5k parkrun, and 16 junior runners. Representatives of 13 different athletics clubs took part, including visitors from Caerleon, Stokes Striders and Leighton Fun Runners.

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A determined looking group of runners near the top of the first hill. Picture by Kevin Moore Photography.

Julie Broughton, this week’s Run Director led the volunteer team, which included core team member Dave Shields who had completed his 50th Barry Island volunteer event the previous week.

The long list of PB’s included 4th placed Paul Kehl (20:35), regular visitor Matthew Mulcahy from Caerleon RC (20:43), Richard Williams (22:53), core volunteer team member Tessa Matthews (26:56), Jane Spickett (27:29), Alison Gilmour (30:15), Rebecca Marytsch (34:43) and Jo Bagwell’s 36:17.

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Paul Kehl on his way to a Barry Island parkrun PB. Picture by Kevin Moore Photography.

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Tessa Matthews (Core Volunteer Team member and a Seriously Mad Runner) in PB Form. Picture by Kevin Moore Photography.

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Jane Spickett powering her way to a new PB. Picture by Kevin Moore Photography.

Another two PB’s went to Natalie Taylor (30:01), who finished just behind daughter Sascha (29:37). Natalie told us what parkrun has come to mean to her as a new runner.

I first started running when I was turning 40, was overweight and very unfit.  So I decided to do something about it.  In February this year I ran my first parkrun in Cardiff. I tagged along with my friend Bev and finished in 36:32. I found myself then making excuses and not being bothered to drive to Cardiff just to go for a run!

Eventually, I decided to brave the one and only Barry Island parkrun and on my first occasion finished in 34:37.  Since joining the Barry Island parkrun gang, I have also joined the Seriously Mad Runners (Barry) running group.  So with parkrun times improving and the positivity of so many new friends I also achieved my goal this September of completing the Cardiff 10k. I had talked about doing that for 3 years. Not only did I finish in a reasonable time of 1:03:59, with Denise from SMR, but I also combated the Swansea 10k a week later as well. 

With new medals and t-shirts taken home to show my family I felt enormously proud and thankful as without parkrun I wouldn’t have met many of my new running friends and would have probably not done the 10K’s either.  I also have managed to ‘gently’ persuade my lovely 12 year old daughter Sascha, who when not playing football much prefers sitting in her room watching TV or playing on her phone, to joining me parkrunning. This was not an easy process!  But I knew that once she’d done a few parkruns, just like me she would be hooked. 

 Over the past few weeks I have bribed her and challenged her, so much so that this week she also joined the SMR group for a gentle midweek run or two and then assured me that at Saturday’s parkrun I would lose my family running crown. And so on Saturday we got up and made our way to Barry Island parkrun to chase each other round the Island and prove who’s the best.  Well, Sascha did indeed show me who was boss, coming in at 29:37 but I chased her to that finish line and clocked a new PB of 30:01 (my second in two weeks). 

 At this point it’s fair to say we both absolutely love parkrun. It has given us something in common to talk about and to do together, I’d hope for years to come.

 So my final word to parkrun and its volunteers and runners is ‘Thanks’ for all your support and dedication, cheering and encouragement. It has been amazing - long may it continue.  For all you new runners or those thinking about coming along - just do it. Come and see what it’s all about. I promise you won’t be disappointed and if you don’t want to run, how about volunteering as a marshal and cheering on the runners? You will have just as much fun doing that too.”

Natalie and Sascha ran so fast this week that they both managed to dodge our photograpers!

Dave Mathews (Penarth and Dinas Runners) led the field home in a PB time of 20:05, his first top spot in 11 Barry Island parkruns. Robert Newman was second over the line in 20:23, with John Magee (Les Croupiers RC) third in 20:32.

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A smiling Dave Mathews (1st finisher) and Jo Hanks (3rd female). Picture by Malcolm Bradley.

Gina Hardman from Bridgend AC, was first female finisher (8th overall) in 21:54. This was Gina’s third top spot in 20 appearances at Barry Island. Caitlin Williams of Seriously Mad Runners (Barry), was second female with a PB of 23:02 and Joanna Hanks (Penarth and Dinas Runners) was third female over the line in 24:57.

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First female finisher Gina Hardman in action. Picture by Kevin Moore Photography.

There were many brand new Cardiff half marathon t-shirts being proudly worn by this week’s runners - many of whom had graduated via parkrun and other shorter races to tackling their first 13.1-miler. There were also plenty of regular Barry island parkrunners and volunteers marshalling around the course to cheer on new friends made through parkrun. Unconfirmed reports suggested that some of them did such a good job they’d lost their voices by Monday morning.

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Geoff Twigg, one of many parkrunners who’d tackled the Cardiff Half Marathon. Picture by Kevin Moore Photography.

This coming Saturday, we will be running on our alternative, 3 lap course due to another running event (the charity Colour Run at 1:00 p.m.) setting up on the promenade.

October 22th, will be a paced parkrun back on our regular, 2 lap course.  We'll also be hosting a group of visiting parkrun ambassadors from across south and west Wales.

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

More photos from this week's volunteer photographers can be found in the Barry Island Flickr group.

Barry Island parkrun is a free, weekly 5k timed run and is open to anyone of any ability - runners, joggers or walkers alike. It starts at 9:00 a.m. every Saturday morning, usually  under the Eastern Shelter of Barry Island promenade, near the beach huts. Find out more on the run website at: www.parkrun.org.uk/barryisland. It’s entirely run by volunteers. Anyone wishing to help out can get in touch by sending an email to: barryislandhelpers@parkrun.com.