Muddy mar­vels are amaz­ing

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - NEWS -

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.

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