Park runners take over Barry Island to support of Vale foodbank

More than a hundred people took part in a 5k run on Barry Island in support of the Vale Foodbank. 


  • Monday, 04 December 2017

    Vale of Glamorgan

Starting at the beach huts on the Promenade, runners took part in a 2k or 5k course around the island, supported by the Vale of Glamorgan Council, on Saturday 2 December.

Foodbank Fun Run Picture

Community Investment & Involvement Officer, Mark Ellis, thought of the fancy dress idea to help promote the Foodbank. 


Barry Island has been hosting free park runs for over two years, and 54kg of food were donated to the Coastlands Family Church Foodbank centre. 



Mark and a team dressed as bananas, a strawberry, an orange and a potato.




Mark Ellis, said:  “I would like to say a massive thank you to Barry Island Park Run and the Race Directors, Ian and Claire Thorne for their support and for promoting the idea.


"I’ve been really pleased with the response and helping sister projects such as The Big Wrap and Baby Basics has seen donations increase. I’d like to see the Foodbank Park Run take place on an annual basis and who knows, next year we could have peas, oranges, tomatoes, and pineapples taking part”.


The Vale foodbank located in Tennyson Road, Colcot, is a non-profit, charitable organisation that distributes food to those who have difficulty purchasing enough food to avoid hunger.


There are six centres across the Vale where people can drop off food packages. 


For further information on donating Foodbank items, contact Mark Ellis on 07826 020707 or email


Visit the website for more information on the Barry Island Park Run. 


Finishing the Park Run