The Barry 40: something a bit different

The 32nd edition of the Barry 40 Miles Track Race takes place at Jenner Park next Sunday 11th March, together with the slightly less onerous Barry Track Marathon, both events scheduled to start at 10AM.

The stand-out entry this year is that of Steve Way of Bournemouth AC. Two years ago he breezed around the 161 laps (40 Miles) in 3:54:52, and then took his dogs for a run on Barry Island beach before the race presentation at 4PM. Last year unfortunately he had to withdraw after 20 miles with a tight hamstring, but 3 months later he placed 9th in the Comrades Double Marathon in South Africa, and was the first non-African to finish. This year the Barry 40 and Comrades are high on his agenda once more.

In the Marathon, 84 year old Geoff Oliver returns, having completed the full 40 miles nine times in the past. A versatile Masters athlete, he last year competed on the track at events from 1500m metres to 24 hours. His only concession to age is that this year he has found someone to drive him to the race from his home in Leicestershire.

For something different which graphically portrays the indomitability of human spirit, please come and support this amazing event. More information and background to this extraordinary event available here.

Admission to Jenner Park, Barry, as ever, is free!

Steve Way

Steve Way, Barry 40, 2017

Photo: Paul Stillman

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