RUNNERS MUCK IN FOR CHARITY CHALLENGE
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.