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Rennie Grove Running Family

Meet some of the Rennie Grove Running Family below... 

As the main benefitting charity of the St Albans Half Marathon, Rennie Grove Hospice Care has been building its army of Rennie Runners for the big day.  With a variety of ages and abilities, the team will be stepping up to the plate to take on a running or walking half marathon or 5k in a bid to raise funds to support local patients diagnosed with cancer or other life-limiting illness and their families.

With race day drawing ever nearer, Rennie Grove’s runners have been sharing their feelings and training experiences; 

Maxine Willitt said; “Last year I ran a 10k for charity having started running 6 months earlier.  This year I am now signed up for an even bigger challenge: to run the St Albans half marathon!  A moment of madness perhaps?  The last few months have been interesting.  I have sustained a few injuries during my training and have also fallen a few times.  It's a very hilly course too so this is no mean feat for a beginner.”

Maxine’s running buddy Tanya Page is also running the half marathon; “Rennie Grove is a great charity to run for and I know that Maxine and I will help each other to the end!”

Some runners will be running in memory of loved ones on the day.

Tom Boyall says; “My Mum was diagnosed with lung cancer in 2013 and started attending the Day Services provided at Grove House once a week.  She set me a challenge to run a marathon in under four hours.  Mum sadly passed away on 5 April this year and a few weeks later I completed the London Marathon in 3 hours and 56 minutes.  I decided to do the half marathon to keep up the running and I have so far raised about £800 for Rennie Grove in her memory.”

Jane Cantwell and Becky Brady are running their first ever half marathons in memory of family members who were cared for by Rennie Grove. Jane explains; “Training has been tough and taken up a lot of time but I am now at 11 miles! Something which I never thought I'd be able to do.  Every time I think of stopping I think of my Aunty and she keeps me going!  I'm feeling a bit nervous about the race, especially the hills, but looking forward to completing it.”

Becky says; “Rennie Grove helped my family to fulfil my Nanny’s wishes to stay at home during her final weeks of life.  When I signed up back in February I found 5k runs tough, but I’ve just hit 17km and I've fallen in love with running! I hope to raise £500, enough to fund the Rennie Grove night team to support patients at home for a night.”

Tracy Reeve will be taking on the walking half marathon with her team of Nordic Walkers from Watford; “We are walking to thank Rennie Grove for the amazing support they offered one of our fab walk leaders, Fiona Prior, during her treatment for breast cancer.”

Also running in memory of a loved one is Tony Reeve, whose Dad passed away earlier this year; “I'm running for Rennie Grove to thank them for their support during my Dad's final months.  I have run lots of marathons and half marathons before but this is my first sponsored running event.  I have a few injuries but I am hoping finish somewhere around 1 hour 50 minutes!”

Rennie Grove provides a 24/7 responsive specialist Hospice at Home nursing service, a range of Day Services based at Grove House and support for all the family.  All services are offered to patients and families at no cost, which is why events like the St Albans Half Marathon are so important to help raise 84% of the £7.2 million needed to provide care for local families every year.   Rennie Grove would like to wish the whole team the very best of luck on Sunday 11 June!  Find out more about the vital services Rennie Grove offers in the local area at www.renniegrove.org


Rennie Grove are building a team of 50 runners in the St Albans Half Marathon to form their Running Family - could you be one of them? 

Meet some of the Rennie Grove Running Family Below!


Jack Short, part of the Communications Team at Rennie Grove Hospice Care, is preparing to take on the St Albans Half Marathon in a bid to support the charity he works for.

“Working for Rennie Grove has shown me how important the services we provide to patients and their families are." Explains Jack, "A half marathon is a big deal for me and to be doing it for such a great local cause is going to be very fulfilling.”

“I've done a few 10K events, but I have never run a half marathon in my life! I’m anxious but excited, it’ll be a great achievement. I have spoken to people who have done the event before and they’ve said it has a wonderful atmosphere, so I’m keen to meet other runners and have some fun on the day.”

Jack continues; “I like to set goals and feel as though I’m working toward something; I like that sense of accomplishment. What could be more rewarding than achieving a new goal for charity? I don’t think you need to have used Rennie Grove’s services to understand how vital 24/7 responsive hospice at home care and support can be to patients and families.”

Jack’s fundraising target is £500, which could fund the cost of the charity’s overnight team for one night enabling Nurses to visit patients in their own homes throughout the night, dealing with symptoms as soon as they occur, helping to avoid unnecessary hospital admissions and keeping families at home together.

Jack continues; “Hopefully I can get near that target, it’d be great to feel like I’ve helped pay for someone’s care when they really need it.”

Rennie Grove’s services are offered to patients at no cost, which is why events such as the St Albans Half Marathon are so important to help raise 84% of the £7.2 million it costs to provide their care for local patients every year. Join the Rennie Grove Running Family and pledge to raise a minimum of £50 sponsorship in return for a FREE place in the event. Find out more about the vital services Rennie Grove offers in the local area at www.renniegrove.org

To join the Rennie Grove Running Family or to take advantage of a free place, contact Gemma gemma.bateman@renniegrove.org or call 01727 731 028rennuecol


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