23 pairs of helping hands withstood the cold to applaud runners at Saturday’s (14 December) second Fulbourn Hospital parkrun. They showed their sense of community at this warm and friendly event, keen to promote mental as well as physical wellbeing.
Fulbourn Hospital is an NHS mental health facility in Cambridge providing care to adults aged 17 and over with acute and chronic mental illnesses/disorders.
The inaugural event was on Saturday 7 December and there was a poignant moment during the run briefing conducted by event support ambassador Paul Beastall. He paid a moving tribute to Paula Kessler, a regular and hugely popular figure at Cambridge parkrun who died last year, and dedicated the new parkrun to her memory.
Together with event directors Richard Lyle and Anna Tuke, they were determined to launch a parkrun that in Paul’s words would: “Bridge the gap between the community and our mental health provision.” They have been solely focused on this goal from start to finish and this well-attended (191 runners) and supported event was proof of that commitment.
An icy wind greeted 152 runners and walkers this weekend (14 December) as they completed four laps mainly on grass apart from a short section of tarmac around the hospital grounds. They passed smiling volunteers who cheered them on and there was good camaraderie between the participants who encouraged each other to the end.
Ben Jones of Cambridge and Coleridge AC was first man home in 16:32. Jessica Cocker also of Cambridge and Coleridge AC was first female in 19:27.
The organisers hope this is the start of a long and healthy relationship between the hospital and local community.