05 January 2016

Herts 10K challenge now open

Mike PalmerOnline registration is now open for Rennie Grove Hospice Care’s flagship fundraiser: the Herts 10K. The event, which celebrated its 10th anniversary last year, will return on Sunday October 9 in Harpenden, and the charity is offering an early bird entry for those who want to get the date in their running diaries. 

The Herts 10K attracts many repeat participants year after year wanting to beat their previous time, including Mike Palmer from Harpenden who has taken part in eight of the 10 events. It isn’t only open to experienced runners though, and local people who are new to running are encouraged to start training now as a New Year challenge, with the aim of completing a 10k after 10 months.

Mike said: “A 10k is a great distance for someone who isn’t a serious runner or who is just starting out, and most can do it with a bit of training. If you start now and gradually increase your distance over the coming months, you’ll be well-prepared for October.

“What’s great about the Herts 10K is that it’s open to a wide age group and all capabilities. It’s a really scenic route with great views too, and there are marshals stationed along the route who offer lots of encouragement as you run past. It’s a brilliant event and I’ve really enjoyed taking part, and there’s always been a real sense of achievement when I crossed the finish line.”

The Herts 10K raises much-needed funds for Rennie Grove Hospice Care, which supports local patients suffering from life-limiting illnesses and their families, and last year the event raised nearly £100,000 to support the charity’s services. Mike contributed a fantastic £1,195 to this total – enough to pay for 60 hours of specialist nursing care – and was the winner of the highest fundraiser prize of a night’s stay for two at Aubrey Park Hotel, complete with a three course dinner and breakfast.

“The 2014 event was going to be my last one, but I came out of retirement to support the charity again in memory of a friend who was cared for by Rennie Grove,” said Mike. “When my friend and colleague Mike Green passed away in November 2014, his family specifically asked for donations in recognition of the help and support the charity gave during Mike’s final days. His wife, Angela gave me her blessing to run in Mike’s name and I had an initial target of £500, but the support from Mike’s colleagues, friends and family was fantastic and I was thrilled with the final total.”

To sign up and start fundraising for this year’s Herts 10K, please visit www.herts10k.com. An Early Bird registration period is in place until Monday February 29 offering a 10% discount (£19.80), and anyone entering during this period will also be allocated a special 10-year anniversary t-shirt subject to available stocks.