RUN­NERS MUCK IN FOR CHAR­ITY CHAL­LENGE

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - FRONT PAGE - by Camilla Goodman camilla.goodman@trin­i­tymir­ror.com Twit­ter: @Camil­la_Good­man

HUN­DREDS of peo­ple got mucky for char­ity at the week­end.

Some 250 adrenalin-ad­dicts took on the Muddy Mucker chal­lenge on Sun­day, rais­ing funds for Ren­nie Grove Hospice Care.

The Muddy Mucker, which took place at a pro­fes­sional as­sault course venue in Chiswell Green, was Ren­nie Grove’s tough­est fundraiser yet.

With more than 30 ob­sta­cles across a five mile course, par­tic­i­pants’ strength and stamina were tested to the limit.

The event saw in­di­vid­u­als, col­leagues, fam­i­lies and friends tack­ling ob­sta­cles, which in­cluded tun­nels, mud crawls, mon­key bars, rope swings and a tyre wall – and lots of muddy wa­ter.

Among those tak­ing part was a team from Luker Rowe, Char­tered In­sur­ance Bro­kers from Amer­sham.

Mar­ket­ing ex­ec­u­tive at Luker Rowe Toni Chap­man said: “Ren­nie Grove is our cho­sen char­ity of the year and we want to sup­port them in ev­ery way that we can. Our MD, Chris Luker, per­suaded us to get a team to­gether for the Muddy Mucker. We have al­ready raised over £2,000 in spon­sor­ship so far.”

Staff and cus­tomers from Che­sham Brew­ery Shop, The Red Lion and the Jolly Sports­man pubs in Che­sham joined them in the chal­lenge.

Man­ager of Che­sham Brew­ery Shop Me­gan Wright said: “My favourite ob­sta­cles were the wa­ter ones, they were so much fun. I ac­tu­ally found the run­ning in be­tween the hard­est part of the event. It was the first time I’ve taken part in some­thing like this and I would def­i­nitely do it again, we all had a great time.”

Also from Che­sham, Si­mon Lewis was joined by Kate Hogg and Peter Wright.

He said: “It was great fun – I loved it. I haven’t done any­thing like it for many years – and I may not re­peat the ex­pe­ri­ence for another few years ei­ther – but it was great!”

Di­rec­tor of fundrais­ing and mar­ket­ing at Ren­nie Grove Gil­lian Bar­nett said: “Thank you to all par­tic­i­pants, vol­un­teers and sup­port­ers for mak­ing the event such a suc­cess. It’s fan­tas­tic to see a com­mu­nity come to­gether like this.

“We’re hop­ing to raise £30,000 in spon­sor­ship, which will fund thou­sands of hours of spe­cial­ist care so that more lo­cal fam­i­lies can ben­e­fit from our 24/7 re­spon­sive ser­vice in their own home.

“The event would not have been pos­si­ble with­out the sup­port of lo­cal busi­nesses so we’d like to say a spe­cial thanks to all of our cor­po­rate spon­sors, in­clud­ing: Put­ter­ills Es­tate Agents, Dayla, Ori­gin, Fit­ness First, Reg­i­ment Fit­ness, Grant & Stone, Lee Par­tridge for com­per­ing the event, Dar­ren Glenis­ter and Mark Cham­ber­lain from As­sault Course Events for sup­port­ing us with the venue and ob­sta­cles, and Flame Wood Fired Cater­ing and Kalop­sia Cof­fee for pro­vid­ing par­tic­i­pants with much­needed re­fresh­ments.”

The Muddy Mucker is one of a va­ri­ety of mass­par­tic­i­pa­tion fundrais­ing events or­gan­ised by Ren­nie Grove Hospice Care, which play a key role in help­ing the char­ity to raise 85 per cent of its £6.7mil­lion an­nual costs.

The char­ity’s next event is the Hemel 10K and 1.5K Su­per­hero Fun Run, which will take place on Sun­day, July 10 at Ast­ley Cooper School, Hemel Hemp­stead.

To find out more about this and other up­com­ing events, visit www. ren­niegrove.org/events or call 01442 820 740.

For a photo gallery of Sun­day’s Muddy Mucker visit www.get­bucks.co.uk.

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