Runners have a colour blast
Hundreds take part in family fundraiser for hospice
AROUND 450 people scrambled through Rennie Grove Hospice Care’s colourful fundraiser at the Penn House estate, near Amersham, on Sunday.
Colour Blast: The Scramble consisted of a familyfriendly 1k race complete with child-sized obstacles or a more challenging 5k route with obstacles up to four meters high.
Both routes came with the guarantee that participants would be covered head to toe in a rainbow of brightly coloured powder paint as they collected their medals at the finish line.
Runners included old school friends Kiran Bhudia and Seema Davis, from Amersham, and Lila Ambasna, from Pinner, who signed up to take part with their children Ella and Leah Bhudia, aged 10 and six, Maya Davis, six, and Riya Ambasna, two.
Brother and sister Leon and Zoe Byard, from Beaconsfield braved the colour in memory of their Dad, Terry, who was cared for by the charity’s nurses. They were joined by Leon’s wife Claire and children Georgia 15, Jack, nine and Eva, five.
The 1k race kicked off with an energetic warm up lead by Rob Edmond from Urban Attack UK, who also supplied the obstacles for the event. Families, friends and colleagues of all ages set off into a cloud of pink powder paint before clambering over hay bales, wriggling through scramble nets and dangling across monkey bars designed specifically for children.
Helen Poyser and Sean Mason, together with children Gabriella, eight, and Noah, 10, joined forces with friend Bryce and Maria Griffiths and their children Jorga-Rose, 10, and Summa, eight, to take on the 1k challenge. The families who both come from Holtspur near Beaconsfield, said: “It was a great event for a good cause and it was tremendous fun. We would definitely do it again.”
Those brave enough to take on the 5k obstacle route gathered at the start line and were led off by the team of around 60 people from headline sponsor Origin Global, which included colleagues, friends and family.
Nicki Smith, from Beaconsfield, took part with her daughter Natasha to tackle a challenge together before Natasha goes off to university later in the week.
Nicki said: “We like to support local charities and I have volunteered for Rennie Grove in the past. Today was good fun with lovely views and we thoroughly enjoyed it.”
(Above) The first obstacle on the 1k run; (left) the Who Cares Wins team; (right) Cassie Terry with Chris and Poppy