RUN REP0RT …. 4/05/19

Determined to keep my parkrun tourism streak going and in search of a 5K PB – Bryn Bach Parkrun ticked all the boxes. A crisp but sunny morning welcomed us to the lovely Parc Bryn Bach lakeside – which was really easy to get to and there was plenty of parking. There were lots of warm welcomes from the parkrun volunteers, the visitor centre and the local wildlife.

The course here is two and a half laps of the lake. A gentle lap was the perfect warm up, whilst watching people swim and SUP on the lake. The volunteers were all really friendly, happy to have a chat and take our photo with the Bryn Bach parkrun photo frame. We were also treated to some music around the finish area, which was a welcome sound coming in towards the last stretch of the course.

Lee the Run Director gave a unique run briefing pre run, which had everyone smiling. Special shout out to Lee for his amazing efforts in London last week and best of luck for Newport tomorrow – what a legend! Then we were off, a really easy course to follow with a good give way system to avoid congestion. Lots of encouragement from the marshals out on the course, giving lots of words of wisdom and support – thank you.

Going for a PB the last lap was hard work, but this is a great course if you're after a fast time, flat, a good surface and relatively sheltered. I’m really pleased the course didn't disappoint and I managed it! I even had a marshal shouting out my time as I came across the line, what more can you ask for?

The finish area was very well organised, going straight through the finishing funnel to the barcode scanner. Again with lots of happy, smiling volunteers. There were also tokens for free post run toast if you bought a drink from the visitors centre. Breakfast too – happy days!

It was great to be able to use the facilities at the visitor centre and be able to get a drink after the run. The staff were really very welcoming too.

This is a very welcoming parkrun which happily catered for everyone, whether running, jogging or walking. The volunteers were really encouraging to all and the parkrun had a really relaxed atmosphere. I think it would also be a lovely place to spend the day with friends and family post run, as there seemed to be lots of things and activities going on – next time!

Thank you to all the volunteers who gave up their time this morning, parkrun wouldn't happen without you – you are all awesome!

If you don't already do so, please consider volunteering from time to time, it really is good fun and gives other people the opportunity to run, there are also volunteer roles which still allow you to run, so extra bonus!

Thank you Bryn Bach for a lovely morning, I will be back!

Sophie Williams


Christmas and New year

There will be Christmas day and New years day parkruns this year. Both start at 9am. See you there!



Happy 6th Birthday Bryn Bach Lake parkrun!!!

Tourist’s diary

“Oh oh, road ahead closed A465. Can you find an alternative on your phone sat nav?”

“No signal” my daughter replied.
“We’ll follow my nose then” What could possibly go wrong??.

That could have been the end of our excursion to Bryn Bach Lake parkrun. Fortunately with a little bit of good luck and a large nose, we made it with 10 minutes to spare. Well..... we got to the car park at 08:50. Forgot that we have to get half way around the lake to the start. No time to introduce ourselves to the run director. My daughter, Cat, and myself hot trotted around the lake.

We are both core volunteers from the newly fledged Gloucester City parkrun, which is on a 3 week hiatus due to the local fair. As soon as I read the parkrun email detailing 5 parkruns around lakes, I knew Bryn Bach was number 1 on my list to visit.

So back to run day, we made our way to the start line and sneaked our way into the throng of runners eager for the off. It was 1 minute past 9 but there were still a few stragglers. The run director decided to shame them. Quite right too ;)

Then after the briefest of briefings we were off. The day was getting warmer by the minute. The lake looked more and more inviting. Still we soldiered on, knowing that as it was our first time here we were guaranteed a PB. I was lolloping around after 1.5 laps when the leader overtook (lapped) me.... at a pace. You know you are getting old when juniors pass you as though you are going backwards. Then the 2nd lead runner passed me. Wait a minute that looked like the Run Director. Did the lead runner steal his wallet or something?? What is going on.?

Well I eventually crossed the finish line after giving as much encouragement to as many runners as possible. Who scanned my barcode? The run director!! Is he one of triplets? No it was superman Lee Aherne, run director supreme and master of all trades- Lee I salute you.
We had noticed that the run director was reliant on runners finishing and assisting after their run. If anyone would like to volunteer for future events please get in touch with the core team at

It was a wonderful run and a wonderful day out. We were even rewarded with free toast and shower after the run.
All parkrun events are different and carry something special, Bryn Bach being no exception. What we will take away from our visit is friendly community feel that was present in the café post run. We hope that we can recreate this when we start our parkrun in our hometown….to be continued.

Looking forward to next time we can return to Bryn Bach Lake...........when the A465 is open!

Cat and Nigel Lane



There will be a Christmas day parkrun weather permitting. The cafe will be closed by the toilets and showers will be open. Hopefully see you there! Ho, Ho, Ho!



Christmas Day and New Years Day

Dear parkrunners

You may have noticed that Christmas day 2016 and New Years day 2017 are both Sundays... otherwise known as Bryn Bach juniors parkrun day!

We have had a chat with the Lee ad the 5k team and agreed the following;

Sunday 25th December - 5k parkrun will take place at 9am

There will be NO junior parkrun - why not turn up and run as a family.... or volunteer .

Don't forget all under 11's must run with an adult at the 5k run

Sunday 1st January - 2k junior parkrun will take place at 10am

There will be NO 5k event - why not turn up and encourage our juniors ... or volunteer.

Both events will need volunteers so please let them know if you can help out

Don't forget we have entered the 'cold' season so keep an eye on our Facebook page for any weather updates!

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