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Friday, 24 October 2014

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Barrow purple parkun honours Alice Pyne

BARROW park was turned purple for a fun run in honour of the late Alice Pyne.

More than 180 runners picked out themed sportswear to take part in a Purple Parkrun round Barrow Park in tribute to inspirational Alice, who died aged 17 last January, after fighting Hodgkins lymphoma for more than five years.

Purple was the colour chosen by Alice for her charity, Alice’s Escapes, and has been adopted by her purple posse of Team Alice fundraisers.

On Saturday it was Barrow parkrun’s opportunity to remember Alice with what’s becoming an annual event since it started last Easter. Members of Team Alice use the parkrun for their training, including Alice’s uncle, Gary Pennington, who is running the Keswick to Barrow next month in her memory.

He said: “It went very well and everybody enjoyed themselves. There were 187 runners with a lot of our family represented.”

Saturday’s attendance was a record for 2014 and many more supporters and volunteers turned out at 9am to support the event.

Participants pulled out all the stops to dress for the occasion, with purple wigs and tutus worn over training gear. Some went further still and completed the run in full fancy dress. The park’s grandstand was also decorated in purple banners and balloons for the occasion.

Veteran parkrunner, Ian Jones, completed his 100th parkrun on Saturday and to commemorate the milestone event he commissioned a cake iced with the Alice’s Escapes logo and the words “parkrun remembers Alice”.

After the run participants met in the park cafe where slices of the cake were sold raising £168 for Alice’s Escapes.

The event in total raised £369.58 for the charity.

Parkrun event director, Donna Speirs, said: “Parkrun is a national thing, not a fundraising thing, but people knew what it was about and they gave very generously.

“It was a purple parkrun in honour of Alice and was really good.”

Barrow parkrun takes place every Saturday, it’s free to enter and runners are asked to meet at the bandstand in Barrow Park from 8.45am for a 9am start.

l See page 21 ror more on the parkrun.

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