On Saturday, Billericay parkrun in Essex was cancelled for Bonfire Night, so more than 30 regular parkrunners travelled across the country to Barry Island parkrun in Wales for a very special Gavin & Stacey themed parkrun.
They were joined by hundreds of other parkrunners who came from all over the country, along with three mayors (Basildon, Barry and Vale of Glamorgan) and the Secretary of State for Wales, all of which saw a new Barry Island course attendance record of 435 parkrunners.
It was such a lush day, topped off when the co-creator of the show, James Corden (aka Smithy), tweeted the event to his 10.3 million Twitter followers. There are already talks ongoing about a sequel, where Barry Island will make the return trip to Billericay.
Lyn Evans, Run Director of the event and Co-Event Director of Barry Island parkrun: “Barry Island parkrun has always been popular with parkrun tourists, and it’s probably the Gavin and Stacey connection that we get asked about most often, so, it was easy to say ‘Yes’ when we were approached by Billericay parkrun earlier this year about putting on a Gavin and Stacey themed-run.
“It turned out to be a great morning, with hundreds of tourists helping set a new course attendance record and loads of new friendships made, including two mayors and the Secretary of State for Wales, Alun Cairns, who all took part.
“Alun joined in the spirit of the day with an impromptu course description during my pre-run briefing – entirely in Welsh and much the amusement (and bemusement) of all the parkrunners.
“It was well worth all the hard work behind the scenes and we’re all looking forward to the return visit to Billericay next year.”
Ian Thorne, Co-Event Director of Barry Island parkrun: “parkrun isn’t just about running it’s also about fun and we thought this would be great fun for all.”
David Hayday, Event Director of Billericay parkrun: “It was a really special day and I was so proud of both parkrun communities for making it happen. We can’t wait to host our new friends from Barry at Billericay parkrun.”
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