Vale MP Alun Cairns greatly welcomed the return of Barry Island Parkrun after 18 months, which saw hundreds of runners take part on a rainy Saturday morning.
Commenting on the success of the event Alun Cairns said, “I am very grateful to the work of the volunteers made the return of park run such a success. Despite the stormy weather we saw hundreds of runners of all abilities taking part. It was brilliant to experience it again after 18 long months away.”
He continued, “Parkrun events form a vital part of our physical and mental wellbeing” while the “continued success of Parkrun has encouraged many new running groups to establish across the Vale.”
As the Deputy Chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Parkruns, and a regular runner of Barry Island Parkrun, throughout the pandemic local MP Alun Cairns pressed the First Minister on a number of occasions calling for him to permit the restarting of ParkRuns in Wales.
Mr Cairns added that “if you are either an experienced runner or a newbie, please turn up and get involved. It’s a great experience!”.
Rhys Hardman who finished the 5KM run first, secured a very impressive time of 17:09. Barry Islands weekly park run returns next Saturday morning. Visit the ParkRun website to get involved.