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Herts 10K: Everything you need to know about the iconic race


Entry is now open for the race taking place on 9 October 2022 at 10 am 


Hertfordshire's legendary 10K race returns to Rothamsted Research in Harpenden after two years as a virtual event due to Covid-19 restrictions.


Since its inception in 2006,over 18,000 people have taken partin this popular community run which has raiseda whopping £1,623,924for local charityRennie Grove Hospice Care,helping it to provide specialist care and support for adults and children with a life limiting illness.


Voted one of the top-30 races in the country, it is famed for its community spirit and camaraderie, withmany taking part in fancy dress and runners of all abilities enjoying a memorable occasion.


The race has also attracted a host of celebrities keen to support both the runners and Rennie Grove. In 2007 runners were cheered on byformer WBC World Heavyweight ChampionFrank Brunowhile BBC Breakfast weather presenterLouise Learand former Female British World Rally Champion and TV presenterPenny Mallorytook part. Football commentating legend,John Motsonstarted the race in 2008 with Rugby starsRichard Hill,Andy and Owen Farrellin 2009. A huge Rennie Grove supporter, SKY Sports football reporterGeoff Shreeveslaunched and took part in the 2010 race - the same year that a new course recordof 32:56 wasset bythe winner.


The route takes runners across the stunning private grounds of the Rothamsted Estate, which is home to Rothamsted Research, who kindly open their space in support of the charitable race each year so runners can experience the glorious Estate and take in new sights!


The race was founded byLawrence Levy, formerly of Levy Associates (now known as Levy Professionals). As a keen fundraiser for Rennie Grove, he has worked tirelessly over the last 17 years to make the race the charity's flagship fundraising event. 


Lawrence said:

"We are thrilled to welcome the community back to the Herts 10K. Whether you are an elite runner aiming to set a new PB, looking to take on your first 10k run or are seeking a walking challenge for your Duke of Edinburgh Award - this is one of the biggest and best local events - and one not to be missed!  It raises an incredible amount of money each year for Rennie Grove and is a great day out - so grab some friends, get your family involved and enjoy the Herts 10K this October."


Organisers anticipate that this year will be busier than ever, with a rise in the number of people taking up running during the pandemic.


Tracey Hancock, Director of Fundraising at Rennie Grove says there are big plans for this year's comeback event:


"As one of the most popular local events, we are delighted to welcome back the crowds and supporters! There will be a festival feel to mark its return, with lots of entertainment and food and drink to enjoy before, during and after the race. Come along, support your friends and family, and be a part of this legendary event."


Who can enter?

The race is open to all abilities and there is a Junior Division race for 15-17-year-olds.


How can I enter?

Enter online from 8 June 2022 atHerts10K.comto take advantage of the early bird offer of £20 per runner and includes an official t-shirt, chip timing and finishers medal!


Tracey urges everyone to get involved and join in the fun this October:

"Without the support of the community taking part in these sorts of events, we would not be able to continue to provide specialist end-of-life care in people's homes, making every moment matter to the very end."





Notes to editors:

About Rennie Grove Hospice Care:


  • Rennie Grove Hospice Care gives adults and children in Buckinghamshire and west Hertfordshire who have a life-limiting illness the choice to live as well as possible at home surrounded by family, friends and the things that matter to them most right until the end.
  • Our Hospice at Home service is unique in the local area. Any time of the day or night, every day of the year our patients are able to call on the specialist nursing care and support provide by our nurses and healthcare assistants.
  • We also provide a range of day services at Grove House in St Albans.
  • We support the families of our patients by offering counselling, listening and other practical and wellbeing services during the illness and through bereavement.
  • Our care is provided at no cost to our patients and families and we rely on the generosity of the local community to help us raise 87% of the £8.1 million it costs to fund our service every year - £20,000 each day.
  • We work with other healthcare providers, such as GPs, district nurses and other hospices to ensure co-ordinated care and a seamless service.
  • Rennie Grove has 26 shops that raised £3.3 million in 2019-20.
  • Rennie Grove relies on the support and expertise of over 1,500 regular and part-time volunteers. We estimate that the value of the hours given by our volunteers is approximately £1.5 million each year. Our volunteers were honoured to receive the Queen's Award for Voluntary Service in 2017.
  • Rennie Grove's children's Hospice at Home team is also supported by the Pepper Foundation.


About Rothamsted Research


  • Rothamsted Researchis the longest-running agricultural research institution in the world.