Muddy marvels are amazing
HUNDREDS of fundraisers crawled, splashed and climbed their way through miles of obstacles for a hospice’s challenge.
Nearly 900 people took part in The Hospice of St Francis’ second annual Mud Pack Challenge on Sunday, which took place in Ashridge House.
Hospice events manager Fran Martin, said: “A huge thank you to all our marshalls, volunteers and, of course, our amazing mud packers, who showed fantastic determination and a great spirit of camaraderie, team work and fun.
“We’re set to raise more than £140,000, which will help the hospice provide vital services for patients and families facing lifelimiting illness both in the hospice, at home and in the community.”
Many teams from across Bucks took part, including the 12-strong Dirty Dozen, made-up of staff and their children from Hyde Heath Infant School, the 21-strong Our Chesham team and the Cholesbury Crawlers.
Headteacher of Hyde Heath Infant School, and leader of the Dirty Dozen, Alison Whittall said: “We all had such good fun. It was so well organised and pitched just at the right level for it to be manageable.
“Crawling in the mud was fantastic – the squaddies from RAF Halton gave us grief but I pulled rank and covered them in mud.
“We were doing really well until the seven-foot wall at the end, which, being quite competitive, we desperately wanted to get over assistance without the of the Army chaps, and I have black and blue bruises to prove it."
The Hospice of St Francis’ mud pack challenge team, and above right, still smiling after the race.
Runners are hosed down.