On Sunday December 4th the first Barry Town Council Santa fun run took place on Barry Island in which more than 200 people took part from all ages.
People had been registering for weeks and in fact, because so many wanted to take part, the organisers actually ran out of Santa costumes!
Correction!!! We have SOLD OUT!! All 200 Santa Suits and 300 medals have now gone but you can still take part on the day!!! https://t.co/OOJspsIUKO
— Barry Town Council (@Barry_TC) November 30, 2016
The weather was dry, sunny and cold on Barry Island and all the people partaking meet outside Marcos for 11am. Bro Radio hosted the event and provided the entertainment.
Barry Town Council provided the following press release:
“During her year as Barry Town Mayor, Councillor Charlotte Williams is raising money for three charities, the Stroke Association, Downs Syndrome association and Breast Cancer Now. Earlier in the year, a meeting with Charity representatives was held to discuss fundraising ideas and all agreed that a Santa Fun Run at Barry Island could be something for all the family – involving all ages, improving health and wellbeing and most importantly, lots of fun!! Some of the volunteers had understanding of planning similar events so brought their skills and experience to the table – a real example of great partnership working between the Third Sector and Public Sector.
The only thing that could scupper the event was the weather….. but it turned out to be a great day!
On a very crisp and bright Sunday 4th December, over 200 people registered to take part in Barry Town Mayor’s Santa Fun Run, supported by Barry Town Council, which was fantastic – with numbers on the day reaching the 300 mark! There was a real ”Christmassy” atmosphere, thanks to Christmas classics played by the Barry Brass Band, Carols from the Barry ladies Choir, Bro Radio Christmas tunes and mince pies kindly supplied by Marco’s. Let’s not forget the 200 plus Santa’s and the many little elves in tow – it was great to see so many people having fun.
However, it wouldn’t feel like Christmas if Santa and his sleigh were not there, so a big thank you to Barry Round table for arranging Santa’s presence.
Just before the race started there was a fancy dress competition for under 16’s with prizes kindly donated by ‘Carousel’ and ‘Whitmore & Jackson’. Then to get the party started, Mark Lloyd from Brawd Men’s Health rounded up all the participants for a group warm up. What a sight to see; over 200 people in red suits and white beards waving arms in the air and bouncing up and down.
To capture the events of the day, Kevin Moore photographer kindly donated his time; these pictures can be viewed via Barry Town Mayor’s Facebook page.
Councillor Charlotte Williams would like to thank the charities involved, all the volunteers on the day and colleagues at Barry Town Council for organising the event. It was a great success and the start of something new for Barry Town Council, who will continue to organise this as an Annual event in support of the Barry Town Mayor’s Charities.”
More than 200 people took part in the event including Barry Town Councillor Ian Johnson.
Ian told the Daily Vale:
Great to see so many people there this morning and the weather was lovely. Hope we raised lots of money! Would be great to do again next year. Big thanks to Barry Town Council for organising and everybody involved in entertainment and marshalling the run!
— Alison Oddy (@worldofoddy) December 4, 2016
Some great pictures were taken by Kevin Moore Photography.
— K Moore Photography (@kevinmoore87) December 4, 2016
And finally check out this time lapse video from @loclylive on twitter:
— Matthew Lock (@lockylive) December 4, 2016