Summer Trail Half Marathon Challenge for Rennie Grove

By Nigel Kippax

Rennie Grove Fundraising
As a club, TRC was expecting to have helped Rennie Grove to raise £10k from the combined efforts of the Ashridge Half and our Fun Run. In these strange times, we have organised a virtual multi-event instead.

Take part and support this great charity
Please take part by running one or both of our challenging and beautiful trail half marathon routes and consider a donation to Rennie Grove. Please mention ‘Tring Running Club support’ in the reason for donation box, so that we can see how much our challenge raises for a brilliant cause.

What is Rennie Grove?
Rennie Grove is a charity that gives specialist care for adults and children with a life-limiting illness in Bucks and west Herts. They support people to live the best quality life they can with a choice about how and where they are cared for towards the end of life. It’s important work, worth supporting. 

The Challenge
Choose one or choose all three of these options:

  1. Social: Run the route(s) socially. Enjoy the scenery and give yourself a big pat-on-the-back. Extra points for the best photos!
  2. TRC Competition: Run the route(s) as part of our TRC competition.  To enter you will need to post your result on Strava clearly titled either Ashridge or Chilterns Trail Half.  Make sure it’s on the TRC Strava group and that the time is ‘race’ time not ‘moving’ time.  The TRC competition will remain open until the end of August to give everyone a chance to run/race each route. As it’s a TRC competition you can, of course, expect the prizes to be immense!
  3. Open Competition: Run the route(s) as part of the open competition which is being organised by Rennie Grove.  There is a charge to enter the official race. Here’s the link to enter.

The Routes

  1. Ashridge Trail Half Marathon: The route starts and finishes at the Bridgewater Monument in Ashridge
  2. Chilterns Trail Half Marathon: A circular route starting from the Coombe Hill Monument (Wendover) although as it’s a circular route you could start from any point

The routes are self-navigating. To help ensure you don’t get lost (??) each route has a written route description with lots of lovely photos.  Within the route description there are also links to the route on Garmin Connect and on Strava. You can download the route as a GPX file from either Garmin Connect or Strava.

What you need
As this is a virtual event you will need access to a GPS device and the ability to upload your results onto Strava.  Our apologies to anyone who does not use Strava, but in these virtual times it is about the only way to share routes and results.

What next?
Download the routes, go running and make a donation (remember to mention ‘Tring Running Club support’ in your reason for donating, so that we can track how much we raise as a club).  I will send the link to upload results for the open competition as soon as I have it.