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Wheel­bar­row pusher

If, at your next race, you spot a man wear­ing a po­lice hel­met and push­ing a wheel­bar­row kit­ted out like a po­lice car, you’ve just en­coun­tered Bar­rowthon­man, a reg­u­lar on the race cir­cuit in the north of Eng­land. ‘I’ve wheeled 31 races,’ says Damieon Hart­ley-pick­les, the man be­hind the bar­row and a real po­lice of­fi­cer in Old­ham. He has a wheel­bar­row half-marathon PB of 1:51.

Bar­rowthon­man raise funds as well as smiles. ‘The idea of the wheel­bar­row is that peo­ple can do­nate on the spot,’ says Damieon, whose cho­sen cause is Dr Ker­shaw’s Hospice in Old­ham. Bar­rowthon­man used to run full marathons, but he was ad­vised by a spe­cial­ist to stop be­cause of a de­gen­er­a­tive hip prob­lem. ‘But I couldn’t; I’d caught the bug.’ So Damieon down­sized to 10Ks and half marathons and he re­mains on the straight and bar­row.

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