13 May 2015

Samantha to take on Hemel 10k

Sam Hawkridge Keen runner Samantha Hawkridge will be taking part in the Hemel 10k as part of a challenge she has set herself to run in 30 events and gain 30 medals this year.

Samantha, 39, who lives in Hemel Hempstead, explains: “This year is my last year in my 30s so I thought I would see if I could compete in 30 different races.”

Last year Samantha completed the London Marathon in a time of 4 hours and 11 minutes for Rennie Grove helping to raise more than £1,700 for the charity.

Samantha, who is a member of Dacorum and Tring Athletic Club, adds: “I am really looking forward to the Hemel 10k. It looks like a challenging course that should be a good run and will take you through some great areas.”

Samantha, whose daughter Keeley, 15, attends Astley Cooper School where the run will start from, began supporting Rennie Grove two years ago as the charity helped her Auntie-in-law who died in 2012 from cancer.

“Thanks to the hospice at home nurses she was able to be at home,” says Sam. “The nursing care and support was second to none. I love running and if I can raise money to help ensure that other patients and families can benefit from this fantastic service then that is a bonus, it is the perfect way to give back to the charity. I will be fundraising for the Hemel 10k and hope to raise as much as I can for the charity.” 

Rennie Grove Hospice Care provides specialist 24/7 responsive hospice at home care for patients diagnosed with a life-limiting illness in Bucks and Herts as well as a range of support services for patients and their families. The charity has to raise £6.5 million each year to continue helping all the local families that rely on its services, and the sponsorship money raised from fundraising challenges such as the Hemel 10k is greatly needed to help it reach this total. 

The Hemel 10​k and 1.5​k Superhero Fun Run will take place at Astley Cooper School in the Cupid Green area of Hemel, just a short distance from the Maylands Business Park. The 10k will start at 10.30am and the Fun Run at 10am.  It costs £20 to enter the 10k which will include chip timing, a technical t-shirt, a medal and water at stations along the route.

The Fun Run is £5 to enter and participants will be given a medal at the finish line. Children under five go free and all participants are asked to raise as much sponsorship money as possible to help fund the work Rennie Grove does in the local community.