The Virtual Herts 10k and Half Marathon

Here’s info from one of our favourite charities, Rennie Grove Hospice Care about an upcoming event. If you’re able to help them in any way, it is always appreciated.

Rennie Grove Hospice Care is a charity providing specialist care and support for adults and children with a life-limiting illness in Bucks and west Herts. Through our unique hospice at home service, available day and night, and a range of day services we support our patients to live the best quality life they can with a choice about how and where they are cared for towards the end of life.

The charity hosts a number of fundraising events throughout the year which are vital in raising funds for the services it provides and we are currently seeking support for advertising one of our next events The Herts 10K. Due to the coronavirus pandemic, we won’t be able to host this event in person this year, so we’re inviting participants to join us and take on the 10K or Half Marathon as part of our virtual event. We regret not being able to deliver the event in the usual way this year however, we’re committed to making the 2020 virtual event a success and would be delighted if participants could join us in celebrating the event’s 15th year.

For the third year we will also be hosting a junior division for runners aged 12 -16 (inclusive) and trophies will be awarded to the first three junior finishers in addition to the first three adult male and female categories.

Full Press Release

The Virtual Herts 10k and Half Marathon
Sunday 4 October 2020
Sign up here:

Rennie Grove Hospice Care’s biggest fundraising event is back this October, ​but not in the way you might expect…

To celebrate 15 years of the event in a safe and responsible way, we’re inviting you to join us and take part in our Virtual Herts 10K and Half. Because hosting the race in Harpenden in October 2020 will no longer be possible, we’re inviting you to join us virtually and run either a 10k or a half marathon in your area.

We’re hoping you can start your race on Sunday 4th October, the day the race should’ve been in Harpenden, and join us for the zoom call at 10:00am however, if you can’t make it to join us then, you’ll have the rest of week to complete your 10k or half marathon distance.

What you get for signing up

By signing up, you’ll still receive a race pack including a medal and t-shirt, but you’ll also get support from us in your training, on-the-day participant activities and fundraising advice. This event has been a cornerstone of funding for Rennie Grove Hospice Care for 15 years, and while we won’t be able to see you in person, we hope you can still join us in running and fundraising for this important local service to some of the most vulnerable people in our community.

On the Day

We’d love you to join us and the rest of our running community for a pre-race zoom warm up. There’s also an app which you can share with friends and family to track you live on your run, a leader board of results and a virtual wall of fame! We’re encouraging the younger generation to take part in our event and there will be a Junior Division for the virtual Herts 10K. This will be for ages 12 – 16 years. If you’re under 12 years old, don’t worry, we simply need parental consent for you to take part.

Why The Herts 10K and Half needs you more than ever

During lockdown, Rennie Grove Hospice Care’s seen record numbers of more than 600 patients being cared for. This unprecedented demand for our hospice at home service has been twinned with a funding crisis. Shops have been closed for months, and all events were cancelled. If we’re to meet this growing demand, we need you, now more than ever.

So sign up, take part, and give it your best shot to fundraise for a local charity that needs you!

To register or find out more about the event please follow the link below:

Postponed: PSRA Wellness Day

Our Autumn Wellness Day, which we advertised in March’s Park Street News is postponed until 2021, due to social distancing crowd sizes still in effect at the Village Hall. Originally planned for 11 October, we’re aiming for May/June to relaunch.

We’ll announce the date for the rescheduled event in the coming weeks.

Highlights from PSRA Food Bank/OSPA Joint Fundraiser

Many thanks to Christine, Lorraine and their husbands for setting up and down and all the organising on the 22nd; Pam, Chris, Barbara and Lucille for manning the stalls, and Heidi, Dee and Jon for donating. We raised over £250 for the food bank and Rachael made £150 for her dog charity, OSPA.

Don’t forget about our next event, a MacMillan Cakes and Coffee fundraiser on the Rec 27 September!

There are a significant number of plants still available, which Barbara Vernon has taken to 2 Burydell and is selling. Here’s her list. Email her if interested, or drop by.

Burston Nurseries kindly supplied lots of tomato plants in reduced circumstances. Still in original small pots but with green fruits. If anyone can take them on it would save them from a life of decay on the compost heap. Definitely FREE! If you have a conservatory and repot them they will continue to fruit and ripen for several more months.

Xmas Cactus
Clivia (bring orange flower – something a bit special)
Mother in laws tongue
Zebrina x 6 pretty trailing plant that needs little attention

Crocosmia or Montbretia – 2 big clumps – could split
Penstemons x 5 (well worth growing, a bit special)
Michaelmas Daisy – one large, one dwarf
Colossus strawberry plant
Pinks x 3 (one has purple flower)
Aquilegia x 2 – useful cottage garden plants, that seed freely
Lemon balm (huge clump – good for herb tea)
Garden Mint
Stachys silver carpet (I think – large tray – sun/partial shade/drought tolerant).

I am looking at this and thinking it is ripe for cloud pruning? It is a healthy specimen. It could be turned into an outdoor bonsai with some root trimming. Anyone want a new hobby? Alternatively if you have the space a lovely pine tree.

2 small canna lilies. Spectacular orange blooms. Keep inside and plant out next summer
Agapanthus – rather special. Might be OK outside in protected area