A few rain showers did not deter superheroes of all kinds when they came together to take part in the second Hemel 10K and 1.5K Fun Run on Sunday 10 July. Wonderwoman, Batman, Batgirl, Bananaman and the Hulk were just some of those making an appearance in the Fun Run while heroic efforts abounded among those tackling the challenging multi-terrain 10K.
Just under 500 people registered for the event which was held at Astley Cooper School in Hemel and they brought plenty of support with them creating a great atmosphere. There was face painting and a bouncy castle for the children, fantastic music and compering by Heart Hertfordshire and Daniel Fox and refreshments for all to buy and enjoy. Osborne Property Management services brought an enthusiastic team of cheerers and provided snacks for all the runners at the finish line.
Seven year old Lewis Gammon from Potters Bar was inspired to sign up for the Fun Run by his dad, Mark, who is a keen runner and by his love of superheroes, finally choosing Thor from his collection of outfits. Lee Whitestone brought his son, Alfie all the way from Northampton to compete as Hulk and Spiderman while Halle Dickinson from Hemel Hempstead who took part with her dad last year, this year joined forces with her mum, Kerry Hall, in a batgirl pairing.
Angeline Cottrill from Hemel Hempstead donned a wonderwoman costume to take part in her first 10K since recovering from ME, while partner Steve dressed as Bananaman to accompany their wondergirl daughter Lola in the Fun Run. Angeline said, “It’s so lovely to be able to take part in a local race through the beautiful countryside on our doorstep. I love the atmosphere and camaraderie of the event and it’s a fabulous thing to do as a family.”
A group of school mums from Berkhamsted dubbed the “Berko Babes” also entered the 10K and brought along their partners and children to take part in the Fun Run.
Gade Valley Harriers were huge supporters of the event, helping design and test the route and providing marshals and backmarkers as well as entering a good sized team to take part. Dacorum and Tring Running Club also came together to support a local race. Their team included Andy Guilder who was taking on his first 10K and had raised £100 in memory of a friend who had been cared for by Rennie Grove.
First home in the Fun Run was 9 year old Francesco-Luca Oliver from Hemel and keeping up the family tradition, mum Lauren Leach was the first lady to cross the line in the 10K. Francesco-Luca said, “the second lap was a bit hard but it was good fun.” Lauren said “It was a lovely route. A bit like a cross country run and despite the mud in places it was great to see the Hemel countryside.”
First across the line for the men was Jamie Saunders from Hemel. Keeping up the family theme, Jamie was joined in his finish-line celebrations by his children, 5 year old Milly and 2 year old Jack.
10K and fun runners alike seemed to enjoy the event. Elle Moore from Tring who was inspired to return to running with her first 10K in a number of years by her partner Dan Turney said, “I enjoyed the mix of terrains and I actually found it easier after the 5K mark. It was a bit slippery in places but I loved it.”
Bananaman Steve reported that he and Lola had a great time in the Fun Run: “We held hands most of the way round and we’ll definitely be back next year to do it again.” To round off the Fun Run proceedings, a four year old supergirl, Ashley, was presented with the prize for best-dressed superhero by Cllr David Collins, Deputy Mayor of Berkhamsted.
Director of Fundraising and Marketing at Rennie Grove said:
“It’s been a wonderful day today and I’d like to thank everyone who has supported us. Our runners have been fantastic and their enthusiasm has been infectious. We’ve also been supported by a number of local businesses and organisations and without them we would not have been able to hold the event. A big thank you goes to Osborne Property Management for providing snacks and a cheering squad, OMI for sponsoring the race numbers, Sportspace for running the warm up sessions and donating a prize for the highest fundraiser, Hemel Physio for offering our runners much-needed massages at the end of the race, Astley Cooper School for the venue and to everyone else who has made a contribution.”
It is hoped that the Hemel 10K will raise £30,000 to help care for local patients who have been diagnosed with cancer or another life-limiting illness and their families. Last year Rennie Grove’s hospice at home nurses in Herts made 6,681 visits to patients in their own homes, giving them the choice to stay at home surrounded by their families and friends.
“It’s wonderful to see the local community coming out in such numbers to support a community service that means so much to local families,” continued Gillian. “Today we also brought along our Summer Roadshow including our mascot Rennie Bear to help spread the word about the care we provide and, in an area where we have been known as Iain Rennie Hospice at Home for many years, to raise awareness of the Rennie Grove name under which all of our services now operate.”
For those who would like to try their hand at another 10K, Rennie Grove’s Herts 10K takes place on Sunday 9 October in Harpenden and Registration is open now on www.herts10K.com.
After an initial glitch with the chip timing, the correct results for the Hemel 10K are now available here.
Photos taken during the race by Adam Hollier Photography are available for participants to purchase here shortly.
We will also publish a link to all the general shots of the day when we have uploaded them to our Flickr site.