New 10k run to mark 10 years since Buncefield explosion

Hemel 10k is new fun run for town
Hemel 10k is new fun run for town
  • Fun run to mark ten years since explosion at Buncefield oil depot in Hemel Hempstead
  • Also marks thirty years of care by nurses from the Rennie Grove Hospice
  • Organisers hope the event will regenerate the town

A new running event is being held this summer to mark a decade since a major explosion in Hemel Hempstead.

The fun run is being organised by Rennie Grove Hospice Care to mark thirty years of care by Rennie Grove nurses as well as ten years since the blast at the Buncefield oil depot, which was heard more than twenty miles away.

As well as marking 30 years of the hospice, the Hemel 10k also marks a decade since the Buncefield disaster

As well as marking 30 years of the hospice, the Hemel 10k also marks a decade since the Buncefield disaster

The event starts and finishes at Astley Cooper School in Grovehill, and includes a 10k run, a superhero themed 1.5k fun run, and activities for all the family at the school.

The fun runners will set off at 10am and the 10k runners at 10.30am, with medals, snacks and water provided.

The 10k run is priced at £20 and is open to anyone over 14 costs £5, with under 5s going free.

Prizes will be available for the highest fundraiser of each race, plus the best dressed superhero.

Hemel hasn’t really had anything like this

Gillian Barnett from Rennie Grove Hospice Care

Gillian Barnett, director of fundraising and marketing at Rennie Grove Hospice Care said: “We decided to set up this event in Hemel Hempstead because a lot of nearby towns have something similar but Hemel hasn’t really had anything like this.

“We feel something like this is a good way of bringing together businesses and people.

“It is about regeneration of the town and also marking 30 years of care provided by our hospice staff.”

Anyone who doesn’t fancy taking part in the run is welcome to volunteer as a marshall or with registration on the day.

For more details or to either take part or get involved phone 01442 820740, e-mail hemel10k@renniegrove.org or visit http://www.renniegrove.org/support-us/support-us-as-an-individual/fundraising-events/active-events/hemel-10k