Online registration is open for the Hemel 10K, which is back by popular demand on Sunday 10 July. Hundreds of local runners have already signed up to take part in the challenging multi-terrain course, including Hemel Hempstead resident Nimesh Padania.
“My friend ran in the Hemel 10K last year and really enjoyed it, and I decided to sign up for myself this time,” says Nimesh. “I haven’t done a lot of running since I left school so it’s given me a goal to aim for. I am taking part with a few friends, so we’ll be able to support each other on the way round.”
The Hemel 10K is a sponsored event organised by Rennie Grove Hospice Care, and last year the fundraiser raised £25,000 to support its services for local patients with life-limiting illnesses and their families.
Nimesh says: “I want to show my support for the charity as I know how valuable the nurses were for my family. My Dad was diagnosed with stomach cancer a few years ago and the support that the nurses gave while he was undergoing therapy, not only to him but to my Mum as well, was invaluable. My Dad is now cancer-free and has been for a couple of years, but I will always remember how important the nurses were at such a difficult time.
“I’m hoping to raise £200 in sponsorship by taking part in the Hemel 10K. I know that this is just a small thing that I can do to support these nurses, but I just wanted to help and do my bit.”
The Hemel 10K is open to participants aged 14+ and over, and chip timing offers everyone the chance to try and set a personal best time. It is £20 to enter, which includes a technical t-shirt, a medal, water at stations along the route, and snacks at the finish line. Find out more, view a route map, and sign up by visiting www.renniegrove.org/hemel10k or call 01442 820740 for more information.