Column in the Glamorgan GEM by Rt Hon Alun Cairns MP
This weekend is the 200th Barry Island Parkrun, which as a keen runner I am really looking forward to. I remember when the Barry Island Parkrun was first set up back in 2015 and I was pleased to work with the organisers on the proposed route for the run. Almost four years later, I’m continually impressed with the fantastic crowds it attracts, with runners of all abilities welcome to take part.
I’d like to pay tribute to the brilliant and dedicated Parkrun organisers we have in Barry, who have worked hard to make a huge success of it and keep it fun for everyone. Last year, we had the first ‘Gavin & Stacey’ Parkrun, which saw Barry join forces with runners all the way from Billericay – including the Mayor of Basildon! Hundreds took part that day and I’m really pleased that our Parkrun provided another platform to attract new people to Barry Island, showing off our fantastic offer of beaches, beautiful promenade and fun activities for all ages.
In the Vale we’re fortunate to have a number of excellent running groups, such as the Major Milers in Llantwit Major and Seriously Mad Runners in Barry, and the Parkrun provides a great platform for their members to complete a 5k run with other running enthusiasts.
The run will also help with my training ahead of the London Marathon, which I am running at the end of April. My Marathon Fundraising Campaign has been officially launched today and you can find details on my website and social media about how to donate to my two charities, the Dementia Revolution and Guide Dogs.
So this weekend, whether you run regularly or have never tried before, I’d love to see you get involved at the 200th Barry Island Parkrun. It is great fun and a good way to keep fit and healthy. I look forward to seeing a big crowd on Saturday!