The Barry Track 40
The Barry track 40 is a 40 mile ultramarathon held on the running track at the Jenner Park Stadium, Barry. Though it may be pancake flat (despite being in Barry, a monumentally hilly town), its reputation as a tough test of endurance is richly deserved.
The Barry 40 is always oversubscribed, and yet the same people keep coming back. 161 laps (almost) of the running track demands a certain type of competitor and is not for the faint hearted! Equally, the demands on marshals and lap counters is also great, so we would be very grateful if each entrant could bring a friend to perform this function. The time limit of 6 hours requires sub nine-minute miling (sub 4hr marathon pace).
The 30th Annual Barry 40 Mile Track Race (incorporating the 27th Welsh Ultradistance Championships) will be held at Jenner Park, Barry on Sunday 20th March 2016.
The official invitation letter and further details are below, along with the official entry form, for the 29th edition of this prestigious event.
The Race report from the 2015 event can be found at the bottom of this page.
Photos from the 2011 event can be found by clicking here, many thanks to Rachael Elliott for providing the photos and congratulations to her partner Mark Shepherd for competing.
If you're chomping at the bit, logging the hard miles already and require further information please e-mail race organiser Mick McGeoch here.
In recent years we have been overwhelmed by the response to the event – and have limited the race to forty because of the number of lap scorers we felt we could realistically provide to ensure an accurate result. This unfortunately led to a number of potential competitors being turned away. To try to accommodate more runners I have now included a box on your entry form for you to nominate your own personal lap scorer. If you are unable to comply with this please enter anyway, but the greater the number of scorers provided the more entries I will be able to accept.
One additional fact – the Barry 40 is now the longest running annual ultradistance event in the UK. Whilst it saddens me greatly that events like London-Brighton can no longer be held, health and safety is now a major issue. For the first time last year I had to complete a Risk Assessment Form! Perhaps a track race is now the safest way to accommodate the needs of ultradistance runners.
Archive race reports and results