parkrun #41: Barry Island

I was in Cardiff for a family get-together to celebrate my grandad’s 80th birthday. My mum and I headed to Barry Island parkrun, while my dad went to pick up made the birthday cake.

It was parkrun’s 12th anniversary, which we celebrated this year with a ‘bring your MP to parkrun’ day. The local MP, Alun Cairns, dutifully donned his hi-vis sportswear, did a quick speech and ran round in an impressive time of 24 minutes.

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The course is usually 2 laps along the seafront and up the short but sharp ‘heartbreak hill’, which is just about the steepest bit of parkrun I’ve come across. However, this week it was changed to a 3 lap course because of another event, and the nice flat promenade section was replaced by an extra hill climb.

There was ‘motivating mountain music’ and a high-five at the top of the hill. And that, combined with views across the sea and over to England, made the climb totally worth it.

I finished in 26.22, and was the 3rd female finisher over the line (see results). I’ve been coveting a top 3 position for a while now, and it’s definitely up there on my list of greatest sporting achievements.* It even got a mention in the Barry and District News!

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Many thanks to the event team and volunteers. It was great to have so many marshals supporting us out on the course 🙂

I’m running a different parkrun each week of the year to raise money for Alzheimer’s Research UK. Please head over to my JustGiving page if you’re able to help out.


*Second only to winning the year 7 long jump at sports day – a miraculous feat which I think may have had something to do with Mr Parsons having the tape measure round the wrong way.




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