Top fundraiser’s second challenge

Martin Hubbard and his wife, Mandi
Martin Hubbard and his wife, Mandi

An Aylesbury man is taking part in his second challenge this year for Rennie Grove Hospice Care on Sunday.

Martin Hubbard will be completing the Chilterns 3 Peaks Challenge, a sponsored walk along the Ridgeway, to raise money for the hospice charity.

After changing his lifestyle in the charity’s Biggest Loser challenge earlier this year, Martin wanted to test his new-found fitness.

The fundraiser offers a choice of three routes – five, nine or 18 miles – and Martin will be tackling the longest option, taking in all three peaks of Whiteleaf Cross, Coombe Hill and Ivinghoe Beacon.

Martin said: “I was actually thinking of doing this event last year, but my fitness levels weren’t very good.

“After taking part in the Biggest Loser challenge though, I am fitter than I have been in a long, long time so I thought to myself, ‘Why not?’

“I had so much support from the Rennie Grove team during the Biggest Loser, and it really opened my eyes and helped me change my lifestyle.

“I also rediscovered the enjoyment of countryside walks, and now I have the stamina to actually do them.”

Martin won the highest fundraiser prize for the Biggest Loser programme, raising over £1,300, mainly from holding cake sales at work, or ‘Martin’s Marvellous Muffin Mondays’ as they became known.”

Martin said: “Rennie Grove is a great charity doing fantastic work. I lost my sister to cancer back in 2002, and I know it was a great comfort to her and the rest of the family that she was able to spend her last days in her own home instead of a hospice.”

There is still time to join the Chilterns 3 Peaks Challenge. Entry costs £20 for adults and £10 for children, with under-fives going free.

To find out more and sign up, visit