Challenge yourself to get fit in 2015 and help others at the same time

Rob Havlin at the 2014 Ashridge Trail Half Marathon
Rob Havlin at the 2014 Ashridge Trail Half Marathon
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If you hope to get fit in 2015 you can do so while also helping to raise funds to help others.

Challenges on offer include a weight loss programme, cycling, a triathlon, skydiving, walking and an obstacle course for those eager to improve their fitness.

And by gathering sponsorship you can help Rennie Grove Hospice at the same time.

Ruth Proudfoot, events fundraising manager, said: “By committing to take part in one of our challenges you will have something to focus on and keep you motivated.

“Why not sign up to an event with friends or family so you can help each other stay on track.s

“The charity has a range of different events planned for 2015, so something is bound to appeal.

“You will also be able to get sponsored for your chosen challenge, so have the added bonus of knowing that while helping yourself to get fit you are also helping local people who have cancer and other life-limitating illnesses.”

Some of the challenges Rennie Grove has planned for 2015 include:

1 - The Biggest Loser

An 18 week sponsored fitness and wellbeing programme designed to help you lose wight and get fit in a healthy and sustainable way. Offering free gym membership, dedicated exercise classes and a specially designed nutritional programme in exchange for raising a minimum of £500 in sponsorship, applications need to be in by January 12. For more information visit www.renniegrove.org/biggestloser

2 - The Chilterns Cycle Challenge on Sunday March 22

Registration is open now for this popular event which offers three different length cycle routes through the beautiful Chilterns countryside. Participants can choose from a 10k, 35 mile or 75 mile route, all starting and finishing in Aylesbury town centre. Registration costs £10 for children (five - 17), under five’s free. The 10k route is £17, 35 miles £20 and 75 miles is £30. Registration is open now on www.renniegrove.org/chilternscycle

3 - The RAF Halton Sprint Triathlon on Sunday May 3

Take part on your own or in a team to complete the three legs of a Super Sprint Triathlon - a 300m swim, a 21 mile cycle ride and a 6.5k run. The event is perfect for people who want to try a triathon for the first time. Entry costs £25 per person and registration is now open on www.renniegrove.org/rafhaltontri

4. The Ashridge Trail Half Marathon on Sunday June 7

Test yourself on this half marathon distance trail run through the stunning grounds of the Ashridge estate. Registration is £20. More details soon on www.renniegrove.org/ashridgetrail

5. The Chilterns 3 Peaks Challenge on Sunday September 13

Get out and enjoy an early autumn walk in the Chiltern Hills with a choice of a five, nine or 18 mile route following the last part of the ancient Ridgeway Trail. Great for families, and dogs can go too. Details will be on www.renniegrove.org/chilterns3peaks nearer the time.

6. The Herts 10k on Sunday October 1

Walk or run the hugely popular 10k at Rothamsted Research in Harpenden. The last few years have been a sell-out so register early on www.herts10k.com

7. Moroccan 3 Peaks Challenge from September 19 - 27

Located high in the Atlas Mountain range, three spectacular peaks await. Minimum sponsorship of £1,5000 and a registration fee of £270 is required. Closing date for registration is March 19. An information evening will be held on March 10. Further details on www.renniegrove.org/moroccan3peaks

8. Skydive on June 27

Sign up by March 27, with a deposit of £70, to take part in a special day of skydives for Rennie Grove Hospice Care. There are 10 places available for a minimum sponsorship of £395, from which the hospice will receive £140. For full details see www.renniegrove.org/skydive

9. Muddy Mucker on Sunday November 15

A five mile obstacle challenge through the mud at Green Park, Aston Clinton. Details will follow at www.renniegrove.org/muddymucker

For further information on the events programme or fundraising generally, contact the events team on 01442 820740 or email fundraising@renniegrove.org