To­tal suc­cess for hospice squad

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - LONDON MARATHON -

EVERY mem­ber of Ren­nie Grove Hospice Care’s 15-strong Lon­don Marathon team com­pleted the world-fa­mous 26.2mile route on Sun­day (April 24).

Join­ing about 38,000 peo­ple on the start line, the Ren­nie Grove run­ners, proudly sport­ing the char­ity’s pink and pur­ple spot­ted run­ning vests, con­tended with chilly breezes and win­try showers as they tack­led the cap­i­tal’s streets.

The char­ity had a cheer squad be­tween miles 17 and 18, op­po­site South Quay sta­tion, where staff, vol­un­teers and run­ners’ fam­ily mem­bers, sur­rounded by flags and bal­loons, gave the run­ners some moral sup­port for the last six miles.

Ren­nie Grove’s di­rec­tor of fundrais­ing and mar­ket­ing Gil­lian Bar­nett said: “The crowds lin­ing the route are al­ways fan­tas­tic but hope­fully the sight of some fa­mil­iar faces gave them a boost at that chal­leng­ing three­quar­ter s-of-the-waythrough point .”

Among those run­ning for Ren­nie Grove Hospice Care was Merry Wright from Chesham, hus­band and wife team Sarah and Dave Peter­son from Ley Hill and Ben Brock­lesby, from Chal­font St Giles.

Ms Bar­nett added: “There was great ca­ma­raderie amongst our run­ners, some of whom had got to know each other quite well through our series of meet-the-team events, in­clud­ing the tra­di­tional team photo shoot in Fe­bru­ary and our pre-race pasta party last week.”

The 2016 team has al­ready raised more than £34,000 for Ren­nie Grove’s ser­vices for fam­i­lies af­fected by can­cer and other life-lim­it­ing ill­ness – enough to fund a Hospice at Home nurse for over a year and giv­ing hun­dreds of pa­tients ac­cess to 24/7 re­spon­sive care in their own homes.

Ren­nie Grove is urg­ing those lucky enough to gain a Lon­don Marathon place in the 2017 bal­lot to join its team next year.

Run­ners will ben­e­fit from reg­u­lar ‘meet-theteam’ evenings, weekly email train­ing tips and nutri­tion ad­vice, per­son­alised fundrais­ing re­sources, the pre-race pasta party, cheer squad at mile 18 and a post-event re­union.

For more in­for­ma­tion call 01442 820 740.

Run­ners: Merry Wright, from Chesham and Amy Martin, from Hemel Hemp­stead

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