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Introducing Borough Batonbearer Sara Phipps

Published on Thursday, 7th July 2022

Batonbearer holding celebrate the relay sign

Batonbearers were nominated in recognition of their contributions to their local community and being an inspiration to others.

As we look towards welcoming the Queen’s Baton Relay on the 21 July, we are proud to introduce Borough Batonbearer, Sara Phipps.

Sara is the local ambassador for parkrun and volunteer every weekend at both adult and junior events. She also volunteers as a city host in Coventry for the City of Culture. Sara has been the heart and soul of Bedworth parkrun since it was set up.

At the start of last year, she was knocked off her bike and suffered life changing injuries. Sara was told she would never be able to return to doing the things she once did such as swimming, running, cycling or walking.

Despite this, Sara has not allowed her injuries to slow her down. As well as juggling a full-time job, weekly physiotherapy sessions and doctors appointments, Sara continues to work tirelessly promoting health and fitness and the benefits of parkrun to the local community. She also completes parkrun on a regular basis with the aid of a crutch.

Sara said:

‘I was nominated by my fellow event director at Bedworth parkrun, Alison Clark. It is the greatest honour not only to be nominated and selected but to represent Bedworth and parkrun by carrying the Queen’s Baton around the Miner’s Welfare Park.

‘It has been an enormous battle both physically and mentally, a battle that I am still fighting to this day, but each week parkrun and the people that turn up to it give me strength and hope to fight another day.’

Find out where the Baton will travel in Nuneaton and Bedworth and how you can get involved.