Friends and family of a woman from Iwade who died tragically whilst on holiday are coming together to run 23km in 23 days in memory of her – and are calling on everyone to join in.
Justine Barringer, 44, died whist on an organised dive in Gran Canaria in September last year. Shortly before her death, Justine was fundraising for Heart Research UK by running at the Subway Helping Hearts™ 5K in Mote Park,
in memory of her father, David Barringer, 73, who had died just three months before from possible heart related problems.
A keen runner, Justine was a team leader at Beginners to Runners (B2R) in Sittingbourne, Kent.
Now friends and family are hoping to continue fundraising for her, by challenging themselves to run, walk or jog 23km in 23 days, beginning from the start of March.
Tina Best, Justine’s partner of five years, said: “23 was a significant number for Justine – she was born on 23 March, died on 23 September and her funeral was on 23 October.
“As well as running, Justine loved to challenge herself in other ways. She revelled in the buzz she got from physical challenges. The run coincides on what would have been her 45th birthday. It’s open to anyone, anywhere, meaning everyone can join together to run in honour of Justine.”
Each participant will receive a medal designed by Tina and inspired by elements of Justine’s life. This includes cat paws to represent her three cats, a blue line to symbolise the 25 years Justine served as police officer for British Transport Police, and a green line representing her role as team leader of the Beginners to Runners group in Sittingbourne.
“Justine encouraged many to take up running. She was a great team leader, encouraging and motivating new runners. She will always be remembered for her favourite phrase ‘finishing lines not finishing times’.”