Sign up for some muddy good fun and support hospice care charity

Participants in the Muddy Mucker Challenge PNL-151109-172716001

Participants in the Muddy Mucker Challenge PNL-151109-172716001

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Special feature by Rennie Grove communications officer Akila Jayahama

If climbing over walls, crawling through tunnels and getting covered in mud are what you’re after, look no further – our popular Muddy Mucker Challenge is back.

The event takes place at the picturesque Penn House estate on Sunday, September 27.

Entrants will complete either a 5km or 10km course, tackling obstacles along the way, including grapple nets through the mud, rope climbs up muddy slopes and muddy log scrambles. Don’t worry about specific skills or physical fitness – all you need is the desire to getmuddy!

Having lots of fun along the way is the main objective, while raising vital funds for Rennie Grove.

We welcome team entries, so ask your friends, family or colleagues to join in and take part together. The Muddy Mucker makes a great teambuilding exercise and several of our event sponsors are entering teams as well as funding someof our core costs.

Origin Global are entering a 60-strong team and sponsoring the event T-shirts.

Grant & Stone have entered a team and sponsored the running numbers, and Hurst Estate Agents have helped to publicise the event with advertising boards. Rennie Grove director of fundraising Gillian Barnettsaid: “We’re really grateful to all the companies supporting our Muddy Mucker. Support from local companies is crucial. It means more of the money raised can go directly towards patient care.”

The Muddy Mucker is not a timed race, but puts the emphasis on teamwork and camaraderie.

Gillian said: “Spectators and runners from last year’s Muddy Mucker noted the superb atmosphere at the event, and this year we want to create the same ambience, deliver the same amount of fun and arrange even more mud.

“Participants raised £30,000 in 2014 – enough to fund a specialist nurse for a year. Itwould be great to top that this year and ensure that local families affected by lifelimiting illness continue to have access to 24/7 responsive care in their own homes.”

Over 600 participants took on the challenge last year and more are expected to sign up this year. As the event draws nearer, people are asked to sign up quickly so they don’t miss out on a place.

If you are interested in taking part, entry costs £30 and is open to ages 16 and over (those aged between 16 and 18 need a parent’s permission to take part). For more details and to register, call 01442 820740 or visit www.renniegrove.org/muckymudder