Watch out for a packed diary of fundraising events in aid of St Albans charity

Dani Cox in the Herts Cycle Challenge

Dani Cox in the Herts Cycle Challenge - Credit: Archant

Why not start the New Year in style by getting fit and helping raise vital funds to help the local community?

If you have decided that 2015 is the year for you to get off the sofa and do something positive then Rennie Grove has the perfect incentive to help you keep on track.

Events fundraising manager Ruth Proudfoot said: “By committing to take part in one of our challenges you will have something to focus on and keep you motivated. Why not sign-up to an event with friends or family so you can help each other stay on track.

“The charity has a range of different events planned for 2015, so something is bound to appeal. You will also be able to get sponsored for your chosen challenge, so have the added bonus of knowing that while helping yourself to get fit you are also helping local people who have cancer and other life-limiting illnesses.”

Some of the challenges Rennie Grove has planned for 2015 include:


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* The Biggest Loser – an 18 week sponsored fitness and wellbeing programme designed to help you lose weight and get fit in a healthy and sustainable way. Offering free gym membership, dedicated exercise classes and a specially designed nutritional programme in exchange for raising a minimum of £500 in sponsorship, applications need to be in by January 12. www.renniegrove.org/biggestloser

* Chilterns Cycle Challenge – March 22 – Three different length cycle routes through the beautiful Chilterns countryside. Choose from a 10K, 35 mile or 75 mile route, all starting and finishing in Aylesbury town centre. Registration costs £10 for children (5-17) under 5s free. www.renniegrove.org/chilternscycle

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* RAF Halton Sprint Triathlon – May 3 – take part on your own or in a team to complete the three legs of the Super Sprint Triathlon – a 300m swim, a 21 mile cycle ride and a 6.5K run. Registration now open on www.renniegrove.org/rafhaltontri

* Ashridge Trail Half Marathon – June 7 – test yourself on a half-marathon distance trail run through the stunning grounds of the Ashridge estate. More details soon on www.renniegrove.org/ashridgetrail

* Chilterns Three Peaks Challenge – September 13 – get out and enjoy an early autumn walk in the Chiltern Hills with a choice of a 5, 9 or 18 mile route following the last part of the ancient Ridgeway National Trail. It’s great for families – and the dog can come too! Keep an eye on www.renniegrove.org/chilterns3peaks for full details.

* Herts 10K – October 11 – walk or run this hugely popular event at Rothamsted Research in Harpenden. The last few years have been a sell-out so register early on www.herts10k.com.

n Moroccan Three Peaks Challenge - September 19-27– located high in the Atlas Mountain range, three spectacular peaks await. Minimum sponsorship of £1,500 and a registration fee of £270. Closing date for registration is March 19. There will be an information evening on March 10, please visit www.renniegrove.org/moroccan3peaks for more details.

* Skydive – June 27 - Sign up by March 27, with a deposit of £70, to take part in a special day of skydives for Rennie Grove Hospice Care. There are 10 places available for a minimum sponsorship of £395, of which Rennie Grove receives £140. Visit www.renniegrove.org/skydive for full details.

* Muddy Mucker – November 15 - a five mile obstacle challenge through the mud at Green Park, Aston Clinton. More details to follow at www.renniegrove.org/muddymucker

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