Sun, sea, and sand provide the backdrop to the Brecon Carreg Barry Island 10K – a brand new event from Run 4 Wales, the events team behind the Cardiff Half Marathon, Newport Wales Marathon & VELOTHON Wales.
Forming part of the popular Barry Island Weekenders programme, it will bring a festival of running to the popular seaside resort on Sunday 5th August 2018.
The 10K race will take place on fully closed roads, taking in all of the town’s most scenic seaside spots and recognisable landmarks – whilst a host of children’s activities and a Family Fun Run along the promenade will give budding athletes and families a chance to get in on the action.
The route will take runners on a journey around the town with highlights including Whitmore Bay, the Knapp, Romilly Park and Watch House Bay.
The race is the third and final event in the Run 4 Wales 10K Series – which also includes the popular Cardiff Bay Run and new ABP Newport Wales 10K. A season ticket, granting entry into all three races is available and offers a £10 overall discount.
Loved this 10k and was chuffed to bits to get a 10k PB on such a challenging route.
Great atmosphere, loads of support and bands enroute, fab event village and lovely marshals. However, the heat was a killer and the lumpy route made this a tough run. There was a water station half way however on such a hot day, a second station along the route would have really helped. With very little shade, most of the runners were melting.
Loved the medal and t-shirt, however slightly disappointed to not get a goody bag. It was lovely to hang around Barry Island after the run, the beach is stunning and the recent modernisations really make this a lovely place for a family day out.
I’m not sure if I’d do it again, a bit too lumpy for my liking, however I thoroughly enjoyed it and think the Run4Wales team did a great job.
Posted on 07.08.18
Another Run 4 Wales event that was a pleasure to be a part of, from registration to post race.
Pre-race info was spot on
Ample parking within 5 minutes walk of the start
Plenry of portaloos
Quick and easy baggage drop—off
Lovely litttle runners village with Iwan Thomas mingling and chatting with everyone
Clearly marked pens at the start.
Fantastic route that took in the town, a park, the seafront and the famous Barry Island funfair.
Loads of support from the locals, including some great bands along the route
To top it all off, a PB in some serious hot conditions and... #IBeatIwan
Posted on 07.08.18
Barry Island provides a fantastic backdrop to a pretty unique road race.
Starting off by the fun fair, the course winds around the town, up some hills of varying steepness, through a park, before turning back to head for home along the coastline.
There was plenty of local support all along the route, and the marshals were exemplary in their race management and encouragement.
The heat made things pretty challenging the day but it was a fantastic event all in all and one I'd be happy to do again. The lovely medal went down well too.
Posted on 06.08.18
Barry Island is probably most famous for the TV series Gavin & Stacey, well give it a while and that will be forgotten but the way they put on this event will soon take over and be the talk of the town.
I registered earlier in the year for this event and booked a weekend hotel as this is a beautiful part of the country and my family and I have been there many times and love the place and when i said we were going back everyone was over the moon, even my mum wanted to join us too.
I got plenty of emails regarding the event and parking for the day which helped me with my preperation and i knew exactly where i wanted to be at what times, with checking out of hotels etc.
Then an interesting tweet and email was recieved to say that ex olympic runner Iwan Thomas was going to be entering the race and Healthspan, a race sponsor would donate £10 for everyone who finished ahead of him, i couldn't, i wouldn't not a chance, but out of interest what times he aiming for????
A few tweets later and he said he was going for 46 minutes, 3 minutes quicker than my PB, should i, could i, no its too warm, i've done alot in July lets take it easy and just enjoy it.
But getting to Barry Island on the Saturday i felt nervous and wasn't sure why, we went to the town and had a walk round to scope the place out and find out whats what, the family ate chips, i nicked a couple lol
The morning of the race and the alarm went off early, we checked out the hotel and drove to the car park which was busy but not full and got our space, runners everywhere, i stood by the car in my trainers, shorts and jacket zipped up, "why are you wearing a jacket" my wife asked "is boiling, are you crazy", i'm not 100% about running in vests and am a little body shy of my "girly arms" so kept it on until i was ready.
We walked down to the seafront and there were hundreds of people, we sat on a bench, and the megaphone guy said what start times and what colour bibs needed to be where, it was very helpful.
I went into the pen and we all shuffled forward, passing my jacket to my wife, i stood there and looked around thinking, its not so bad, i dont look out of place, no one here looks like what i'd picture a runner to be, everyone was different and thats why i like running.
The horn sounded and the wheelchairs were off, then Iwan Thomas counted us down too, oh yes i forgot about him, nerves kick in some more now, 3...2...1....go and we're off, round the corner out of the town, seeing my family and high fiving my son, a long road and up a slight incline the course was good and it was hot, a few more hills than expected and a few tough parts where a 5 second breather was needed, but i kept going through the crowd and maintaining a steady pace, supports everywhere, locals were out and not a part of the course felt lonely, halfway through was a water station and was just at the right point too, up a big hill, round a corner and back onto the seafront, pushing myself, cheering on others around me, but 300 yards i needed to catch my breath again when someone said "keep going", i looked up and saw the finish and went for it, the support at the finish was amazing, cheering and shouting everywhere as i sprinted with energy i didnt realise i had, past 1, 2, 3 maybe 6 or 7 i dont know but it felt like i had turned into the Flash
Over the finish line to collect my medal, t-shirt and much needed water, as i was met by my family, i turned the corner and started to walk away from the finish line to see Iwan Thomas coming towards me and his tent, i quickly asked for a selfie, it was great, shook his hand and he said well done.
My wife told me he had finished before me but that he had started before me too, he had a time of 48:16 and i waited eagerly for my time to come through and still a day later am smiling as i finished in 48:05, 11 seconds ahead of him, the event had said anyone who beat Iwan would get a t-shirt saying #ibeatiwan on it too which i will await, but we then went off to the race village for food and to relax.
I'd say this is one if not the best event i have done so far, great support, beautiful place to run and really well organised too, i would highly recommend this event, especially if you get the chance to beat an olympic athlete lol
Posted on 06.08.18