Herts Ad journalists tackling Harpenden 5k obstacle course for charity

PUBLISHED: 17:11 27 June 2018 | UPDATED: 17:11 27 June 2018

Matt Adams and Franki Berry.

Matt Adams and Franki Berry.


A pair of Herts Ad journalists are squaring up to the challenge and tackling a farm obstacle run for charity.

Rennie Grove Farm RunRennie Grove Farm Run

Group editor Matt Adams and reporter Franki Berry will try mooving as speedily as possible around a 5K obstacle course at Hammonds End Farm in Harpenden on July 15.

They are raising money for Rennie Grove Hospice Care - the local charity which provides end-of-life care for people with life limiting illnesses.

There will be obstacles of varying sizes around the track and an Extreme Hill option which is described as “not for the faint hearted” by the charity.

Franki said: “I’m not very good at running or cardio so I’m a bit nervous, but excited. I only discovered the gym late last year so I am pretty new to this exercise malarkey.

Rennie Grove Farm RunRennie Grove Farm Run

“It is such a great cause so I hope we can raise lots of money - and Matt won’t leave me too far behind!”

She has raised £65 so far and hopes to make at least £100.

Matt said: “Anything I can do to help the amazing work of Rennie Grove is worthwhile, even if it does mean getting down and dirty on the farm! Oooooh arrrr!”

He has raised £100 so far, nearly a third of the way to his target of £350.

Head of fundraising at Rennie Grove Hospice Care, Kate Grigg, said: “The Herts Advertiser has been a highly valued supporter of Rennie Grove for many years so we are thrilled that Matt and Franki are taking part in the Farm Run.

“We wish them both the best of luck both with the run and the obstacles (we will be cheering them all the way) and thank them for raising funds on our behalf.”

Matt has fundraised for the charity before - in 2009 he took part in a tandem sky dive and in 2015 he completed the Muddy Mucker, an extreme activity course in Chiswell Green.

Just £50 funds a Hospice at Home patient’s first assessment, £100 will buy two Family Support Sessions for a bereaved child, and £187.50 covers a standard shift for a Hospice at Home nurse, who visits patients in their own homes.

To donate, visit Franki’s page at www.justgiving.com/fundraising/frances-berry2 or Matt’s page at www.justgiving.com/fundraising/Matthew-Adams11 To find out more about the charity, visit www.renniegrove.org

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