Inspirational runner who battled terminal cancer passes away

Photo by Ben Knight

Back in December 2015, we ran a story on Rebecca Griffiths and the running group set up in her name, Team Bex. The motivational runner had defied a terminal cancer diagnosis to raise thousands of pounds for charity and inspire her Cambridgeshire community – including friends, family, nursing staff and even fellow cancer patients - to take up running.

In June this year, Rebecca found out that her treatment was no longer working and began to prepare her two young children for life without her, writing them letters for the future.

Sadly, she passed away on Friday 1st July, aged 34, almost two years after being diagnosed with inoperable liver and bowel cancer. The following day, Team Bex turned Huntingdon Parkrun – the group’s spiritual home – pink, with 565 people running in the group’s trademark t-shirts to honour Rebecca’s legacy.

Since its inception, Team Bex has raised over £53,000 for Hunt’s Community Cancer Network (HCCN), a charity that helps cancer sufferers live as normal a life as possible following their diagnosis. The organisation’s nursing team is each now equipped with an I-Stat machine, which allows them to quickly identify and respond to patients’ problems.

Rebecca won ITV’s Pride of Britain fundraiser award as a result of her hard work for HCCN and a Living Sports Sport Award for her success in encouraging her community to run.

Team Bex lives on. It is currently raising money for a defibrillator at Hinchingbrooke Country Park, where the Parkrun so dear to Rebecca’s heart is held. You can donate to the cause here and here.