Glorious mud tests tough fundraisers on 5-mile Muddy Mucker

Kathryn and Jenny O'Gorman, centre and right.
Kathryn and Jenny O'Gorman, centre and right.

Teams from the Aylesbury area were among adrenalin-addicts who took on the Muddy Mucker challenge raising funds for Rennie Grove Hospice Care.

The sun shone for event on Sunday, April 10, which took place at a professional assault course venue in Chiswell Green and was Rennie Grove’s toughest fundraiser yet.

Jill Bateman and Daniel Amsbury

Jill Bateman and Daniel Amsbury

With over 30 obstacles across a 5-mile course, participants’ strength and stamina were tested to the limit.

The event saw individuals, colleagues, families and friends tackling obstacles, which included tunnels, mud crawls, monkey bars, rope swings and a tyre wall – and lots of muddy water!

Among those taking part were sisters Kathryn and Jenny O’Gorman from Aylesbury.

Kathryn said: “We’ve done fundraising events before for charities - such as Florence Nightingale Hospice’s Midnight Walk and our local Race for Life - but nothing quite like this!

“We know a little bit about the charity, having previously looked into some of Rennie Grove’s other mass-participation events,” added Jenny.

Joining them was a mother and son tea, Rennie Grove Hospice at Home nurse Jill Bateman, from Pitsone, ran with son, Daniel Amsbury from Wendover. Daniel had raised over £500 in sponsorship - enough to fund more than a day of round-the-clock care in patients’ homes from specialist nurses like his mum.

Jill said: “I’m very active - I walk and ride a lot - but I don’t really run!”

Daniel persuaded her to take part after he successfully completed Rennie Grove’s first-ever Muddy Mucker in Green Park in 2014. “I really enjoyed it,” he said at the finish.

It is hoped the event will raise around £30,000.