It’s not only ‘locals’ who participate in Rennie Grove’s autumn flagship fundraiser, the Herts 10K. People travel from far and wide to participate in what is fast becoming a landmark date on the middle-distance running calendar. Here’s why.
Now in its 14th year, the event never fails to attract thousands of participants who raise vital funds to enable Rennie Grove Hospice Care to continue nursing and caring for local people diagnosed with cancer or other life-limiting illnesses, and support their families too.
Many who line up in excited anticipation at the start line at Rothamsted Research in Harpenden each year take part in memory of a loved one. But many others return time after time because the multi-terrain course has become an unmissable annual Sunday morning run through the autumn countryside.
Taking part is not limited to those with a personal reason to support Rennie Grove or who live within the charity’s Bucks and Herts’ locality. Former Harpenden resident Lucy is taking part again this year with her brother. “He roped me into it a few years ago with my other brother and it has become an annual event,” she said, adding that she has encouraged friends to take part too.
“Coming back to run and help raise money for Rennie Grove Hospice Care is great. I’m involved with some hospice care with my work and I witness the incredible benefits they provide,” she said.
And another regular runner is Charlene from Bedfordshire who first took part in 2016 while training for another event. She finished in a fantastic third place, which inspired her to enter the following year – when she went on to win!
“I really enjoy the atmosphere and the fact that it is for a good cause – and that I know the route so well,” she said.
Flavio Tozzi is making the journey from his North London home to take part in support of Rennie Grove and the hospice cause. “Having lost both my parents I realise how important hospice care is for those who are reaching the end of their lives and for those who are left behind; looking after all with respect, dignity and – as in the title – care.
“I am therefore running in the Herts 10K to help even in some small way Rennie Grove Hospice Care to continue their superb work in this vital field of care.”
First across the line in 2017 and 2018 was Warrick Raath who started running the Herts 10K when he lived in Harpenden and now comes back every year despite living in Surrey. Warrick said: “It’s a lovely route and the atmosphere and support is wonderful. It’s such a well-organised event.”
Rennie Grove Director of Fundraising Tracey Hancock said: “We are enormously grateful for the generous support of all who take part. They raise valuable funds for Rennie Grove through donations and sponsorship, and we hope that in return they take away memories of achieving something special.
“That’s why it’s important that we spread the word so that more runners from further afield can get to hear what a great event it is.”
This year’s Rennie Grove Herts 10K takes place on Sunday 13 October. For more information on registration, fundraising and the Junior Division 12-16 years entry requirements, visit herts10k.com.