The HERTS 10K and Half Marathon is one of Rennie Grove Hospice Care’s flagship fundraising events, attracting hundreds of runners and walkers every year and raising valuable funds to support the charity’s services across Herts and Bucks, which in the current climate are needed now more than ever. We would be delighted if you could support us in continuing to grow the success of the event, now in its 16th year!
Why are we going virtual for 2021?
We’ve taken the difficult decision to keep the 2021 HERTS 10K and Half Marathon in a virtual format. We know you love the buzz of the event and the sense of community spirit that comes from running en masse. But we believe there are too many risks to hosting a mass-participation event this autumn.
Even as restrictions ease and we can all make plans with more confidence, there’s still an element of uncertainty.
- We know some people are understandably nervous of coming together in big groups.
- The costs of hosting a mass-participation event are high; we can’t afford to take risks.
- With seasonal pressures on the NHS as winter approaches, we can’t guarantee a mass gathering in autumn could go ahead.
We hope you’ll understand the reasons behind our decision. During its time, the HERTS 10K has raised nearly £1.5m to care for local families affected by life-limiting illnesses. With your help we can bring the event back in all its glory for 2022. Please support local families and safeguard the future of the HERTS 10K and Half Marathon by signing up this year.
Why we need you now more than ever?
Whichever challenge you choose, you will be supporting Rennie Grove Hospice Care to deliver a vital service to your community. Throughout the pandemic, we have continued to provide specialist care and support to adults and children with life-limiting illnesses. Through our unique Hospice at Home service, available both day and night, we are able to continue to support our patients to live the best quality of life they can, with the choice of where they are cared for towards the end of their life.
So sign up, take part, and give it your best shot to fundraise for a local charity that needs you!
Virtual HERTS 10K and Half Marathon event details
The virtual event will start on Sunday 10 October and we are encouraging participants to set off on their desired distance on Sunday morning. You can choose a route that suits you – challenge yourself to some hills, or pace around a flat path, the choice is yours. However, if you’re unable to complete your chosen distance in one go, or make the Sunday date, you will have the opportunity to complete the event over the course of the following week.
By taking part in the event, you will also receive the following:
- A unique Virtual HERTS 10K and Half Marathon t-shirt
- The opportunity to join our HERTS 10K Facebook group and join a community of like-minded runners
- The opportunity to compete against your own best times and that of others taking part, by being showcased on our leader board table
- Nutritional tips and running advice to keep you motivated throughout your event journey
- A feature in our gallery of participants achievements showcasing pictures from your runs and walks on our social media
- An iconic HERTS 10K medal.
Junior Division for HERTS 10K and Half Marathon
We are encouraging the younger generation to take part in the event with our Junior Division for the virtual HERTS 10K and Half Marathon. This will be for ages 12 – 18 years.
Have you thought about getting your school involved? You could sign up as a year group and challenge each other or you could nominate someone to represent your school. You could even set up an inter-school competition and compete to see who can fundraise the most or achieve the fastest time!
Get a group of your friends involved, invite your running partner or your siblings and set up your own team!
All participants of the HERTS 10K virtual event must be 12 years old or over. Participants who are under 18 must have consent from a parent or guardian to take part.
Please note, this event is to raise money for Rennie Grove Hospice Care’s services only. Fundraising for other charities through participation in this event is not permitted.
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