6 Jul

Pink Power At Huntingdon

Team Bex Show Pink Pride At Huntingdon parkrun

A 500-strong pink army turned out at Hinchingbrooke Country Park on Saturday (2 July) to pay tribute to the founder of the community, Rebecca ‘Bex’ Griffiths. The special parkrun at Huntingdon was held to celebrate the life and work of Rebecca Griffiths – or ‘Bex’ as she was fondly known – who passed away the day before from cancer.

Rebecca defied the odds, determined to live life to the fullest while helping others. Her positive mindset and commitment influenced others, many of whom put on a pair of running shoes for the very first time to improve their fitness while supporting people living with cancer. 
She received numerous honours during this time including ITV Pride of Britain Fundraiser and two Living Sports awards along with messages of support from well-known, elite athletes.  
The community started out as a few friends but quickly grew to 500+ runners or ‘Team Bex’ as they've become known. They have raised more than £51,000 for Huntingdon Community Cancer Network (HCCN). In the last 18 months, they have become enthusiastic supporters of Huntingdon parkrun and participate or provide volunteers, standing out from the crowd in their distinctive bright pink T-shirts.  Team Bex is currently fundraising for an external defibrillation unit that will be located at the park on a 24/7 basis.  
Huntingdon parkrun wanted to turn this event into a display of pink pride in Rebecca’s achievements and expected 100 or so people to turn up. Instead, 565 participants ran, jogged or walked around the two-lap course including Rebecca's husband and family who wanted to be part of this poignant event. It started with a minute’s applause during the briefing followed by the 5K with 61 runners achieving PB’s, providing a fitting conclusion to the day. 
Rebecca will be sorely missed but never forgotten. 

Photo courtesy of Huntingdon parkrun.