Runners get mucky in charity’s first ever muddy fundraiser

Just one of the teams who took part in Rennie Grove Hospice Care's Muddy Mucker event in Aston Clinton
Just one of the teams who took part in Rennie Grove Hospice Care's Muddy Mucker event in Aston Clinton

More than 600 got down and dirty for Rennie Grove Hospice Care’s first ever Muddy Mucker obstacle course.

The event at Green Park in Aston Clinton on Sunday saw runners tackle 28 challenging obstacles over a five-mile course to raise money to support patients with cancer and other life-limiting illness and their families.

The Muddy Mucker was not a timed race and instead placed the emphasis upon teamwork and camaraderie between participants and it is hoped that the charity will raise more than £30,000 from the day.

A large number of teams took part with groups of colleagues, family members, friends and fitness fanatics joining forces to take on the course – many getting their first taste of ‘muddy’ events.

Briony Bishop and Leigh Betts live near Aylesbury and thoroughly enjoyed themselves.

Both had done a number of similar events before, and thought that the course which took in much of the woodland and trails around Green Park compared favourably.

They said: “It was really good fun and there were some great obstacles. We would definitely come back and do this again. There was a really good atmosphere.”

A Wendover-based team who called themselves the ‘Mucky Mums (plus one)’ are hopeful that they will raise more £200.

Team member Pauline Ives is keen to raise further awareness both of the team’s efforts and of the charity’s work by holding a fancy dress day and cake sale at the nursery where she works.

The team – made up of Pauline and her sister Frances Ives – along with Joanne Bowell, Claudette Rae and Richie Brooman, crossed the finishing line together and were delighted with their performance.

They said: “It was such a great event and we will definitely be doing it again!”

Rennie Grove’s senior events fundraiser Gemma Martin said: “We were delighted with the response both in the run up to the event and on the day.

“There was a fantastic atmosphere and everyone joined in with enthusiasm right from the energetic warm ups led by Spirit Fitness from Aylesbury, through all the obstacles and to the finish line.

“There are so many individuals and local businesses that we would like to thank for supporting this event and making it happen.

“In particular a big thanks must go to our hosts, Green Park; to Hurst Estate Agents for fantastic marketing help; to Grant and Stone, AG Evans, RAF Halton and Park Farm for help with the obstacles.

“Thanks also to the numerous others involved and of course to all our wonderful volunteers who helped with the organisation and marshalling of the event.

“We must also thank everyone who has supported the event by sponsoring the participants. The money raised will make a massive difference to the patients that we care for and their families.”

Planning is already underway for Muddy Mucker 2015 and full details will be available on the Rennie Grove Hospice Care website here.