Award winning not-for-profit social enterprise Life Leisure Barrow Park is on a mission to improve the health and fitness levels across the town.
Their vision revolves around improving people's lives through providing high quality facilities and inclusive access for all - including disadvantaged individuals and communities.
As part of their dedication to promoting health and wellness across the town Life Leisure Barrow Park have announced the launch of a new running festival that will take place in October. The event has been organised in partnership with Cumbria County Council, Barrow Borough Council and local running groups.
The Love Barrow Running Festival takes place on Sunday, October 6, and includes options for all abilities, from a ‘Measured Mile’ to a 10k road race, with all events starting from Barrow Town Hall.
Aiming to help raise awareness of Suicide Prevention and promote positive mental health, the Love Barrow Running Festival will also incorporate a Mental Health Mile Fun Run in association with MIND, and last year’s #BeWellFest will run alongside the day with activities for all the family.
The 10k is the only event of its kind in the town and the festival offers something for everyone no matter what their level of fitness. The Mental Health Mile can be completed by anyone ‘in any way they can’, with prams and babies, and furry friends welcome too.
Aidan Murphy, senior business manager at Life Leisure Barrow Park, said: “We are delighted and proud to be launching this important event in Barrow and bring mass participation to the local community. We are passionate about the benefits that running and physical activity can have on mental health and overall wellbeing.
“We hope that the festival will inspire locals both from Barrow and the surrounding area to become more active. Working alongside the Council and other local partners, our ambition is to make this event an annual celebration of positive physical and mental health and we are asking the local community to help us make it a success. We are also delighted that Thomas Armstrong Construction have stepped in as a major sponsor for the event and are extremely grateful for their support."
#BeWellFest will provide opportunities for many local sports and social groups to promote what activities they have on offer too as we are keen to showcase the vast array of physical activities that are available here in Barrow-in-Furness. From fitness to arts and crafts, many of these groups not only offer a gateway to learn a new skill or hobby, but also provide a place of welcome and a ready-made community.
Our charity partner MIND will have professionals on hand to talk about suicide prevention as well as address issues around the struggles people suffer from, including bullying, depression and feelings of hopelessness.
Cllr Kevin Hamilton said: “We’re really looking forward the event. Following on from the Tour of Britain, we want to create more mass participation and spectator sporting events in the town, not only do these events bring visitors but it also creates a fun, positive atmosphere on an otherwise quiet day.”
Entry for the 10k cost £15 in advance or £20 on the day, or £13 for the first 100 entries. Affiliated running club members costs £10. Entry includes a T-shirt, medal and goody bag. Entrance to the ‘Measured Mile’ costs £5, minimum age eight, entry includes a medal and bottle of water. It costs £2 per person or £5 for a family of four to take part in the Mental Health Mile, which includes a medal and a bottle of water. The 10k and measured mile will be chip-timed.
Some road closures will be in place for the safety of the runners on the morning and all residents and businesses affected by the closures will be notified about this in writing.