Please see the following message from Sharon, who is organising a memorial run for her friend, and regular parkrunner and parkrun volunteer, Barrie Howes, who sadly died following an accident earlier this year:
Be More Barrie! Barrie Howes Memorial Run 6 October 2020
"I am organising this virtual run in memory of a good friend of many years, Barrie, who sadly lost his life in an accident in July of this year.
Barrie was such an inspirational person and so full of life, so it is very hard to think of him not being here anymore. He overcame major heart surgery and went on to raise thousands of pounds over the years for the British Heart Foundation by trekking to Everest Base Camp and Machu Picchu to name just a few places.
He loved all the training to get fit enough to take part in the treks and as part of that got into running. He was a regular at his local parkrun at Shorne Woods Country Park along with his wife, Claire and their Westie, George supporting him and became very involved with the parkrun from token sorting to running as a pacer helping others to achieve the best run they could.
That was Barrie all over, always wanting to help others and even in death by donating his liver and kidneys he gave to others and improved the life of three people.
He was always up for a challenge and loved life, so to ‘Be More Barrie!’ is the best tribute to him.
This virtual event is to run or walk 5km on or around 6th October, which would’ve been Barrie’s 58th birthday.
There is a minimum donation of £10 to enter. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to enter. Proof of your run/walk to then be sent to me after 6 October and in return you will receive a lovely soft enamel pin badge to wear with pride and with all proceeds going to the British Heart Foundation in Barrie’s memory. If you have something red to wear while doing the run, please wear that and send me a selfie as I am looking to create a collage of everyone in red for the British Heart Foundation.