Prizes are up for grabs for junior runners in Herts 10K

Young runners in the Herts 10K.

Young runners in the Herts 10K. - Credit: Archant

Young runners taking part in Rennie Grove Hospice Care’s flagship fundraising event - the Herts 10K on Sunday October 8 - will get an especially loud cheer when they cross the finishing line this year.

Young runners in the Herts 10K.

Young runners in the Herts 10K. - Credit: Archant

For the first time in the 12-year history of the popular multi-terrain event, the first three 12-16s to make it home will be rewarded with a presentation cup and a sash in recognition of their efforts.

Traditionally, the leading male and female adult runners have always received trophies, while bouquets of flowers have been presented to the three participants bringing up the rear.

This year organisers at Rennie Grove are delighted to extend the honours to younger runners to applaud their achievement and to encourage more juniors to take part.

More than 2,000 people descended on Rothampsted Research in Harpenden last year to run, jog or walk the multi-terrain route through Herts countryside.

Young runners in the Herts 10K.

Young runners in the Herts 10K. - Credit: Archant

They raised valuable funds along the way to help fund Rennie Grove’s care and support for people with life-limiting illnesses and their families in Bucks and Herts.

Kate Grigg, head of fundraising in Herts for Rennie Grove, said: “The money raised from events like the Herts 10K is crucial if we are to continue to care for a growing number of local patients.

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“We’d love to see more young people taking part, vying for the winners’ trophies and raising funds for local families in need.”

This year even more participants are expected to gather for the starter’s gun and follow the route that again starts and finishes at Rothampsted Research.

Herts 10K countdown.

Herts 10K countdown. - Credit: Archant

Rennie Grove staff and volunteers will marshal the course and be on hand throughout the day to ensure everything goes smoothly.

You can register online now at The £22 entry fee includes your race entry, a T-shirt, finisher’s medal, chip timing and water en-route.

Please note that all participants must be 12 years old or over on the day of the event to take part.

Participants who are under 18 must have consent from a parent or guardian and all participants under 18 must be accompanied by an adult on the route.