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Running Bear Ambassadors

Josh Barrow

In his mid-twenties Josh (@lureofthewild_) decided to switch up an active social life spending his weekends in bars and restaurants in his hometown Hale, Cheshire for something more meaningful. He moved to the Lake District in 2017, as a complete life overhaul in the pursuit of something better.

As a trail-running novice, Josh soon began to routinely run the perimeter of Lake Windermere (26.2miles – a Marathon), on Friday nights. Living 100 miles from anyone he knew, he’d get lost in the mountains the rest of the weekend. Often armed just with a fruit of the loom jumper and short shorts in the thick of winter. Josh has run around 25 marathons, including the Great Wall of China Marathon in 2016. A recent highlight was the Pisa Marathon in 2019, which Josh ran in 2:45. He’s set to tackle the Snowdon Mountain Marathon this year. Now living in Congleton, Cheshire with his girlfriend Sophia, Josh says the sport hurls him into the present, away from the preoccupations of his working life, and helps him take care of himself with more attention and skill. He says running feels honest and authentic, and one of the few times he feels exactly where he should be.

Carol Bird

Carol (@birdyruns) started running in her mid-forties at the Race for Life 5k, since then she has run over 35 Half Marathons and 5 Marathons🤩 She began running seriously in her fifties & believes that running should not be defined by age!👏🏻

Carol’s top tips…✨

  • Find yourself a run buddy👫 If you’re meeting up with someone, you’re more likely to go, even if the weather is bad. It also makes running more fun. (Have coffee & cake after you’ve just run…you’re allowed it!)🍰☕️
  • Enter a race🏆 Races aren’t just for elite runners, you’ll find a mixture of abilities. It will give you an aim & incentive to train🏃🏼‍♀️
  •  Buy some kit that you feel good in👟I love the comfortable, practical & stylish kit that is now available. It makes me want to get out there & run!

What’s her favourite thing about Running Bear?🐻

The inclusivity for all runners in the community & supporting them for whatever reason they run, whether that be for physical health, mental health, to compete as an athlete, or just for the enjoyment!🤗

Proudest moments:

🌟Being selected for Cheshire in her fifties
🌟Achieving her England Masters Vest in 2019
🌟Being named NSRRA Lady Runner of the Year 2019
🌟Being Inducted into the NSRRA Hall of Fame

HM: 1:31:45
Marathon: 3:18:54
Favourite distance: Half-Marathon