Never ‘tyred’ of marathon-length event

THE STATUS of the Great Barrow Challenge is rising and this year attracted an entry from a woman who is never ‘tyred’ of taking part in endurance events of at least marathon distance.

For Rima Chai has become a star around the world as she has pulled a car tyre behind her chalking up one feat after another, including the New York and London marathons.

It was the first time the Barrow event had been staged on Boxing Day and attracted 42 competitors, including Rima, now living in Surrey, who pulled a pink tyre behind her, which contained a collecting bucket inside.

The event was launched by Glen Moulds three years ago and entrants had a choice of walking or running 26.6 miles or cycling 100 miles, although only one person out of six completed this due to a shortage of daylight hours. Remaining cyclists did 60 miles.

In 2012 it will be held in March, June, Christmas and in September, which could see as many as 1,000 people taking part – a huge increase on the 209 this year – as it is being by promoted for Alzeimer’s Society.

Glen now runs Barrow Academy Health and Fitness Centre.