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It has been known as the world's best kept secret. Since its inception in 1983, it has hosted a plethora of world rated road runners.

Rob de Castella has the honour of the first 10k win, one year before his heroics in the Los Angeles Olympics. Bruce Lauckner, an Englishman living in the Caribbean, took the inaugural Marathon.

Since then several other world rated runners including Africans Kipkoskei, and Catherine Ndereba have run in the Barbados series, but the most amazing has been Bostonian Kim Goff, who set what must be a world record 10 wins in the women's Marathon over the years.

Caribbean Runners like Victor Ledger of St. Lucia, Pamenos Ballantyne of St. Vincent, Ronnie Holassie of Trinidad and our own Adelbert Browne have also made their marks with significant contributions over the years. In the men's marathon, Hugh Jones, thought of more as a Bajan than the Englishman that he is, has recorded several wins and has been a great friend of the event.

The Original Courses

The Series started with only the Bridgetown 10K and the Marathon; both run on exciting and scenic courses. The 10K started and finished at the beautiful Bay Street Esplanade, opposite the Prime Minister's office and wound its way around the surburbs, through the City, along the historic Careenage, to the northern edge of Bridgetown, then returned through the main Shopping streets to the Start/finish at the Esplanade. The marathon started at the Grantley Adams International Airport ,continued through the old town of Oistins, along the south coast to Bridgetown with a city dog-leg to Eagle Hall, then back to the City and along the Spring Garden Highway, along the west coast road through historic Holetown, to its finish at the northern Speightstown. right on the edge of the most gorgeous beach.

The Towns of Run Barbados

Barbados boasts four very important historic towns which have quietly contributed to World Heritage.


Bridgetown , our capital is celebrating its 376th year of English Settlement. Its rich history links it to the Carolinas which were actually settled from Bridgetown by Barbadian, English and African migrants who were transported to the Americas to found a "new colony". The architectural influence of Bridgetown is also replicated in the USA where the Barbadian single house is still a showpiece in some areas including Virginia.

Bridgetown size has militated against wide vistas so we make do with our narrow streets despite the name of "Broad Street" given to our major city shopping street. We make up for it with the warmth and closeness of human affection shown by all of our people to the visitors to our shores. In Bridgetown, there is shopping to suit every taste and every pocket. Duty Free stores sell virtually every article desired by travellers.


Oistins Town was formerly known as Austen's town. It was here that the Charter of Barbados was signed on 11th January, 1652 at "ye Mermaid Tavern". This treaty brought to an end, twenty-five years of squabbling between the Barbadian Royalists who were loyal to the English Crown and the Protectorates, who supported the Puritan,Oliver Cromwell. The charter, known as the Treaty of Austen's, became the model after which the Declaration of Independence was later framed. Imbedded in the USA's 1776 document are several articles of the Oistins Document.

Oistins now is a fishing town and is known for its excellent outdoor nightly Fish-Fry and local cuisine. It is an attractive and inexpensive place to meet and mix with local people, their food and their music.


Holetown reserves its charming ambience, evident from the first footfall by an English mariner, Henry Powell, in 1625 when he was blown off course to Barbados. Powell came back shortly afterwards to settle - the first English Settlement in Barbados at Holetown, where the first Royal Standard was raised, the first five plantations established, and the first gun-powder fortifications erected. The remains of the placements of most of these artefacts are known and visible, and several of the old infrastructure - though not the original - still exists in the quaint town which is bordered on either side, north and south, by world rated golf courses.

Holetown has now become the hospitality centre of Barbados, with several of its major hotels and restaurants and golf courses either in or near the old town. Pay it a leisurely visit and see its old historic church, the oldest in the island, the old Militia Fort, now the Police Station, and other places of interest.


Speightstown , the northern commercial centre, took its name from an English Family which owned property in the area. It is also known as "Little Bristol" because several of the old sailing ships traded - since 1630 - directly with the English port, Bristol where resides a museum and artefacts of Barbadian and African trade and Slavery. Old Speightstown is no longer an important international trading centre but the old streets retain a certain old world charm with a very old Parish Church, a Barbadian Single House, Arlington which has been tastefully restored, and parts of at least two old Forts.

In spite of the newer by-pass road, it remains a bustling shopping centre with vendors vying for space with the more established business houses, and fish market and pub rubbing shoulders on a most gorgeous beach.

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