THE HILLS ARE ALIVE WITH WALKERS
MORE than 500 people dug out their walking boots and took to the Chilterns hills for a hospice’s annual fundraiser challenge.
Some 540 people took part in Rennie Grove Hospice Care’s seventh annual Chilterns Three Peaks Challenge on Sunday, September 13.
The event saw individuals, colleagues, families, friends and dogs coming together to tackle either a five, nine or 18 mile route along the Ridgeway, starting in Princes Risborough.
Those choosing to do the five mile option walked the first two peaks – Whiteleaf Cross and Coombe Hill – while the nine and 18 mile participants were also challenged with the third peak of Ivinghoe Beacon.
Among those taking part was John Groves – son of Dr Mary Groves who played an instrumental role in setting up one of Rennie Grove’s founding charities, Grove House.
Mrs Groves saw the need for specialist services to support local cancer patients and their families and, as a founding member of Grove House, she is now also co- president of Rennie Grove Hospice Care.
Mr Groves, who tackled the 18 mile route with friend David Webber, said: “I’m really proud of my mother and of all that she’s achieved. The charity is so important in the local community and helps thousands of patients and their families each year who are suffering from lifelimiting illnesses, at no cost to them.”
Also taking part in the 18 mile route were Kelly Peart from Beaconsfield, her friend Jennifer Slade and Xavi the dog.
Ms Peart said: “We’ve taken part in the 18 mile option before, and it’s such a beautiful route with fantastic views.”
The challenge also attracted many families, including Leilah Bateman-Rawle and her husband Pete from Prestwood who took part with daughters Zoe, five, and Kiera, seven.
Mrs Bateman-Rawle said: “Pete took part in the Ashridge Trail Half Marathon for Rennie Grove back in June and really enjoyed it, and that’s how we heard about this event. I really enjoy Nordic walking, and we thought this would be a great day out for the family.”
They were joined by friends Susan and Kevin Hoy and Ben, seven, from Kings Ash, who also brought along their rescue dog Sam. Mrs Bateman-Rawle added: “We actually bumped into each other in the car park. Kiera and Ben know each other from school, but we didn’t realise they were taking part too.”
FRIENDS AND FAMILY: Top left, Clare Harris (left) from Hazlemere and friends at the start. Top right, Emma Fraser, Saskia Ives and Jo Foster. Above left, Kelly Peart from Beaconsfield with friend Jennifer Slade and Xavi the dog. Above right, Peter and Mathis Ashcroft
FUNDRAISER: Karen Cuthbert, Steph Rodgers and Lynsey Golding. Inset, Leilah Bateman-Rawle (right) from Prestwood and friends and family. Right, Rennie Grove vice-president John Groves and friend David Webber