Diesel, a 7 year-old Siberian husky is just one of a pack of hounds that will be bringing their owners along to this year’s Chilterns 3 Peaks Challenge.
Returning for its 10th year on Sunday 9 September, the Chilterns 3 Peaks Challenge gives participants – canine and human - the opportunity to walk a 7, 11 or 20 mile route through the rolling Chilterns countryside, whilst raising funds for Rennie Grove Hospice Care.
Rennie Grove Hospice Care is a local charity that provides care and support for adults and children diagnosed with cancer and other life-limiting illness and their families living in Bucks and Herts. Every year through its 24/7 Hospice at Home services for adults and for children, its Family Support services and the range of Day Services at Grove House, Rennie Grove gives thousands of patients the choice to stay at home, surrounded by their families and friends.
All services are provided at no cost to patients or their families but in order to carry on providing the same high quality services for all who need Rennie Grove’s care, it relies on support from the local community to raise in excess of £20,000 every day.
This will be Diesel’s second time at the Chilterns 3 Peaks and he will be escorting his human ‘Mum’, Molly. Molly said, “We both love walking - or running in Diesel’s case - and can spend hours getting lost in the woods together. I have had Diesel since he was 8 weeks old and we have walked all over the country with other husky owners and husky groups as well as taking part in dog shows and charity events. The main reason that I am doing the walk is to challenge myself, and Diesel is a great motivator. We are both determined to finish the 20 miles although I’m unsure what condition we will be in at the end! The only thing that will stop us is if the weather is as hot in September as it has been recently. Diesel will have to give the walk a miss if that is the case because I would never take him out when it is hot”.
Transport between the 11 and 20 mile routes and from the end of every route is very generously provided courtesy of Arriva buses and there will be water points for humans and hounds along each route.
So if you want to jog with your dog, mooch with your pooch or hike with your tyke visit renniegrove.org/chilterns3peaks for full details about how to register for this scenic late-summer walk.
And if you want to help Diesel with his fundraising please visit https://www.justgiving.com/Diesel-Molly