West Cumbrian Run CANCELLATION

Unfortunately, and with deep regret, it has been necessary to cancel the event.

In 2010, its inaugural year, the event raised over £42,000 for the Great North Air Ambulance Service (GNAAS), helping to keep the helicopters in the air and all in the memory of Bill Barker, who sadly died protecting others while fulfilling his Police duties during the Cumbrian floods disaster.
Another local event, the famous ‘Brampton to Carlisle 10 Mile’ takes place on Saturday 19 November, this year celebrating its 60th Year!  Organised by the Border Harriers Club, we have received full backing from their Committee to offer you direct access to enter via Q-buster here

Please accept our sincere apologies for the disappointment this may have caused. However, we hope to see you at Brampton.

Thank you.

Mike James
Founder – West Cumbrian Run
Big-Q Events Ltd


The Asda Foundation West Cumbrian Run  is an annual road running race in Memory of Police Officer Bill Barker.

The 2011 event will take place on Sunday 20th November, two years to the day after the Cumbrian floods disaster.

This years route will be 10Km in length, starting and finishing at Workington Cricket Ground. We will be offering two options to the runners this year to run a 10Km or 20Km over the same route.

The Great North Air Ambulance Service is once again the designated charity, so close to the heart of Bill Barkers family.

For more information on this race and details of how to enter please see the Run section of the website.

Tribute to Bill Barker

Over the last 18 months we, as a family, have had an incredible number of challenges to face; many unforseen and some simply amazing. So when we heard that over £43,000 had been raised in the inaugural event in 2010 it gave us all a much needed boost. What a fantastic achievement!

Support from events such as this is absolutely vital to the Great North Air Ambulance Service. It costs £1.2 million per helicopter per annum, and none of this is government funded!

Based at Langwathby near Penrith ‘The Pride of Cumbria’ can reach all parts of Cumbria in less than 20 minutes – Barrow (16), Whitehaven (13), Kendal in 9, Grange-over-Sands in 12, Sedbergh (9), Maryport (12), Workington in 13 and Carlisle in just 6. However, as we all know, operational costs are increasing every year.

So, we find ourselves asking you all once again to come out and support the West Cumbrian Run and raise much needed funds for the 4th emergency service!

Of course, none of this would be possible without organisers Big-Q Events and the many wonderful sponsors. So we must say a huge ‘thank you’. You’re simply the best!

On behalf of Simon, Melissa, Daniel, Emma-Louise and myself thank you to everyone for supporting the ASDA Foundation West Cumbrian Run 2011, all in the memory of our darling husband and Dad Bill and in aid of his and our favourite charity, the Great North Air Ambulance Service.

Thank you.

Hazel Barker

Great North Air Ambulance Service

Bill Barker was one of our greatest supporters and we are honoured and delighted to be chosen as charity of the year for the ASDA Foundation West Cumbrian Run in his memory.

Like many others, Bill was surprised to learn that the service does not receive any government or National Lottery funding, and must raise about £4m a year from donations in order to keep the helicopters in operation.

The service has undergone a huge change in the provision of its aircraft. Instead of leasing the helicopters, as had been the case previously, we are now buying two aircraft, and are in the process of buying a third. This is a more cost-effective approach which gives us more security and more flexibility to continue to improve the vital service we offer.

However, the need for your help has not diminished, far from it. Rising fuel costs and an increased demand mean we are more in need of your help than ever before, especially if we are to secure the third helicopter and keep up with payments on the other two.

The ASDA Foundation West Cumbrian Run is a fantastic event and offers a great way to help support the Great North Air Ambulance Service while keeping fit and healthy. We would encourage as many people as possible to get involved in the event. To all those already signed up, we thank you. Thanks also to the family and friends of Bill Barker for their continued support.

To find out more about helping the Great North Air Ambulance Service, please call 01325-487263. We need your help today – will you need ours tomorrow?

Official Event Timers

Interloq are Official Winning Time chip timing providers for this event.

Using the latest world class Winning Time technology, Interloq will provide timing services for the half marathon. Each entrant will wear an individual timing chip, which automatically records their finishing time. Look out for details in the race pack. Race results will be available via their website at www.winningtime.co.uk.

The Organisers

The event is organised by Big-Q Events Ltd, a joint venture between GB Event Management Ltd and Interloq Ltd. Together the companies have over 25 years experience managing a wide range of regional, national and international class events.

Winning Time UK Q-buster Entry Service from Interloq