Unique charity marathon for Rainbows

Calling all local runners who enjoy the challenge of running a marathon! Would you like to participate in one in Leicestershire which is local, free and flexible and also benefits a local good cause?

Well, thanks to the brainchild of Ian Paramore, a keen runner and Treasurer of the established Barrow Running Club, you can! Ian, wanted to run a marathon which fell at the right time of year for him, was easy to enter and not too expensive. Finding it impossible to tick all those boxes inspired him to invent a local one now known as The Barrow ‘Honesty’ Marathon!

Ian Paramore with Stewart Collier from Mark J Rees
Battling against the wild winter weather, Ian has run the undulating route as the first Barrow Honesty Marathoner. It starts in Barrow-upon-Soar and follows a measured 26.2 mile circuit taking in Walton on the Wolds, Rothley, Cropston Reservoir, Newtown Linford, Woodhouse Eaves and Quorn. The time to beat is 3 hours, 25 minutes and 15 seconds!

It’s flexible in every way - available to everyone who would like to run a marathon, without cost, and it can be run on any day and at anytime to suit (daylight permitting). All that’s required is an email to Ian (ian.paramore@rbs.co.uk) who will forward the route! Once you have completed the run, this is the honesty bit, you simply email your finishing time, name and any Club you run for and you are added to the Role of Honour.

Ian Paramore (centre) with Louise Hynard and Stewart Collier both from Mark J Rees
Commemorative medals are available to those who make a donation to our local charity, Rainbows Children’s Hospice. Thanks to Mark J Rees, the accountants and business advisers on Granville Road in Leicester, who have funded the medals, every penny donated will go directly to the charity.

Ian’s motivation is not only to provide an opportunity to runners but also to raise money for a local children’s charity. He will be delighted to hear from anyone interested in running The Barrow ‘Honesty’ Marathon.
Please visit:

for more information call
Ian Paramore 07721 788797 or
Louise Hynard (Mark J Rees) 0116 2549018

First image: Ian Paramore with Stewart Collier from Mark J Rees
Second image: Ian Paramore (centre) with Louise Hynard and Stewart Collier both from Mark J Rees