Colwick parkrun has been a lifesaver for Barbara Binch who celebrated a special milestone at Saturday’s (25 November) event. The community have played a major role in her recovery from a life-threatening illness.
Barbara completed her sixth parkrun with her daughter Louise, and family members and friends were there to witness the moment and applaud her courage. Barbara was diagnosed with a very rare form of cancer three years ago and underwent a stem cell transplant (12 million cells in total) – a serious and exhaustive procedure with side effects that affected her physically and mentally.
The next step was to rebuild her fitness and confidence levels via parkrun. The weekly event has the well-publicised ability to transform people’s lives and this was especially the case with Barbara who took her first steps in a safe and supportive environment. Visually impaired runner Terry Rodgers encouraged her from the start and together with the other volunteers has been delighted by her progress. Barbara’s daughter guide runs with Terry and thanked him for the help he has given that has changed her mum’s life for the better.
In addition, Terry conducted a first timer’s briefing and received a purple milestone T-shirt for his 25th turn as a volunteer. He has completed 171 out of 181 parkruns at Colwick and is a popular figure with everyone, respected for his knowledge of the course and its mixed terrain.
There were 270 participants at a chilly 335th Colwick parkrun. These included 40 first timers, 35 PB’s and 22 volunteers including four-legged clipboard assistant Rufus.
Barbara finished in 32:32.