Ten Vale Council workers set to run Barry Island 10k for Mayor’s Foundation

Ten Vale of Glamorgan Council workers are gearing up to run the Barry Island 10k in support of the Mayor’s Foundation – with a Paralympic gold medallist among them.

Steve Ackerman (Building Security), Laura Eddins (Social Services), Danielle Loughman (Highways), Michael Loughman (Human Resources),  Charlotte Pugh (Planning), Lisa Wallace (Benefits), Simon Jones (Disability Sports Officer), Craig Nichol (Exercise Referral Scheme), John Tressider (Legal) and John Nethercott (Parks) make up the group.

John Nethercott is the star name on that list after he clinched gold and bronze medals in respective 1500m and 800m events at the 1992 Paralympics in Barcelona and followed that with an 800m silver at the Atlanta Games four years later.

They are running to raise money for the Mayor’s Foundation Grant Fund, a pool of cash available to Community Groups, the Voluntary Sector and not-for-profit organisations within the Vale of Glamorgan, recently launched by Mayor Cllr Leighton Rowlands.

Sums of between £100 and £250 can be applied for, and money put towards the cost of initiatives that help support the Council’s vision of ‘Strong Communities with a Bright Future’.

Sun, sea and sand will provide the backdrop to the first Brecon Carreg Barry Island 10K on August 5.

Compepitors will take in some of the town’s most recognisable landmarks, including Whitemore Bay, the Knapp and Romilly Park along a route devised by double Olympic marathon runner Steve Brace, who has ensured it is suitable for runners of all abilities.

A Family Fun Run and activities for children will also take place, giving budding athletes and families a chance to get in on the action.

The route takes participants from the promenade through Barry’s regenerated retail area before arching around the iconic Barry Docks office building.

After tackling the race’s only significant climb on Subway Road, runners will go down Broad Street, pass Barry train station and head into Romilly Park.

Scenic views of the Bristol Channel and Porthkerry Country Park await the runners at the 6K mark. They will then run alongside the picturesque Knapp pebble beach and up The Parade before getting back to the Island to take on the final 2K.

Runners will pass the roaring crowds before a loop of the amusement centre and a downhill finish alongside the gardens on Friars Road.

To sign up for the race, visit www.barryisland10k.co.uk

To sponsor the group, email DPKnevett@valeofglamorgan.gov.uk

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