Wednesday 27 February 2019

Sun Shines for Muddy Mayhem

main news

Over 500 participants turned up to get muddy at the 3rd Annual Muddy Mayhem race to help raise money for Garden House Hospice Care at Knebworth Park on Saturday, 23rd February.

The event was a huge success as runners splashed through water and clambered over obstacles to raise vital funds for the Letchworth-based hospice, which provides services for patients, carers and families facing a life limiting illness in North Herts,  Stevenage and surrounding villages.

Hospice Event organiser Jake Amos said:

“There were no half measures at this year’s event. Congratulations to everyone who took part, especially the marshals, volunteers and army cadets who gave their time so freely, without them – this event wouldn’t happen.

“We want to remind all participants to continue asking for sponsorship from family, friends and colleagues so we can reach our final target of £60,000.”

Joggers and runners were pleased to see fog give way to blue skies compared to last year’s minus temperatures as they set off following a short warm-up routine by Odyssey Health Club Knebworth.

The first man to cross the line was Joel Mason and first lady was Helen Parnell.  

Garden House Hospice Care CEO Sue Plummer took part in the race with members from the Garden House trading team. Sue said:

“It’s wonderful to be part of one of the biggest events organised by our fundraising team and to see people of all ages and abilities participating.

“Events like this are key in our calendar to help raise awareness of the role the Hospice plays in North Hertfordshire, Stevenage and surrounding villages. I’d like to thank Knebworth Park and everyone who took part, volunteered and donated - your support provides vital funds which make a huge difference to hospice care in our community.”

Several teams took part , including a group of 18, called IMOBS – who ran in memory of Barbara Shimell, who sadly passed away at the Hospice last November.

The team included her three children and their partners, grandchildren, in-laws and family friends.  Son Warren Shimell organised the group to take part.

Warren said:

“When mum was in the Hospice, the care couldn’t have been any better. There were often 16 of us there with her at one time as we all wanted to be near her. We wanted to do Muddy Mayhem in her memory.  It was a brilliant event and we will absolutely take part again next year.”

By reaching the £60,000 target, it could pay to run the Hospice for 9 days.  When broken down it could also pay for a senior staff nurse for 250 days, a nurse to make 2,000 visits to care for a patient in the comfort of their own home, and 338 days of physiotherapy.

Garden House Hospice is encouraging anyone who took part in Muddy Mayhem to think about coming along and taking part its first Great Hertfordshire Area of Natural Beauty Marathon, which will take place on June 2nd. The event will take place around the ‘North Island’ of the Chiltern hills and valleys and there  are three options available to participate in  - the Marathon, Half-Marathon or a 10km.

An early bird offer is available until midnight Sunday, March 10th.  To redeem our early bird offer click here