Didn’t we have a lovely day, the day we went to Barry! A beautiful day, we had sun all the way and all for £20 you know.
This was the inaugural running of the Barry Island 10k and it didn’t disappoint. The organisation from start to finish was spot on. Car parking was plentiful, the bag drop and collect experience was faultless, the start pens were easy to access and not over-crowded and the whole event was managed extremely well by an army of organisers, marshals and volunteers.
The route started and finished on the road above the promenade and along the way took in views around the docks , the grand building of the Vale of Glamorgan Council, Romilly Park, the Marine Lake and old Knap Swimming Pool and the harbour . The course was ‘lumpy’ to say the least - incorporating short, sharp climbs and some longer steady ones; but with every up there was a down (as well as some welcome flatter sections too).
Once over the finish line, runners received a finishers t-shirt and medal (and quite possibly a touch of sun burn) for their efforts. Then after reuniting with families, friends and fellow club runners, many participants took to the sea for a paddle or a swim to soothe those tired muscles. Whilst Wye Valley Runners were happy to paddle, there were only two who actually braved the swim!!
Well done to Brian, Lynne, Becky, Rob and Amy who represented Wye Valley Runners on a very hot, sunny day in Barry. Thank you to Jan (who didn’t run, due to a calf niggle) who was there to support and shout encouragement.
Report courtesy of Lynn Compton