Grubby Gardeners: their thoughts on their recent mud run! Part 4

Thomas Bannister, @tommywellies was our pocket rocket…. “Tired, lethargic and aching legs… I hadnt even warmed up yet! A gruelling week in the nursery, a 6 mile run on Wednesday and 1am bedtime on Friday night had not been the best preparation for what was to be my longest run ever! My alarm went off…

Skydiving for Perennial

My next Grubby challenge is a skydive for Perennial! On 2 May, I’ll be joining the Grubby Gardeners to take part in a skydive to raise money for Perennial, the charity that is dedicated to helping horticulturists in need. There are 11 of us brave thrill-seekers, who are set to leap out of a plane at 10,000 ft over…

Grubby Gardeners: their thoughts on their recent mud run! Part 3

Rachel Havers, @bakewithrachel, is a bit of a botanical baker… “As I woke on Saturday morning, and remembered it was race day, I can definitely say I felt apprehensive. I had dragged a few of my close friends down to Kent with me for moral support, and although their friendly teasing about my sanity in…

Grubby Gardeners: their thoughts on their recent mud run! Part 2

Benjamin William-Pope, @benjaminTWG, the true meaning of a Grubby Gardener! “With all the dry weather of late, there was some doubt in my mind as to whether there would be any mud; in hindsight this should have been the least of my worries! The race, appropriately named the ‘Dirty Dozen’ is set in the rolling…

Grubby Gardeners: their thoughts on their recent mud run! Part 1

Claire Vokins, @CEVokins, the gardening guru. “After a year in which I had left a job of 7 years, suffered a triple clot DVT in my right calf and lost my father to cancer I was waiting for something to come along with a positive focus…and it did, in the shape of Andrew Wain. Having…

Last minute mud run nerves (by Gareth- Grubby team member)

When I first got invited just over 3 weeks ago to join the Grubby Gardeners for a 12km mud run, I jumped at the chance, partly to join the grubby gardeners and partly to do something for Perennial. In hindsight, I underestimated and misjudged what the ‘run’ would entail, and on reflection, I’m so happy…

What’s next for the Grubby Gardeners…..?

Who’d have thought the grubby gardeners could come so far in such a short space of time? From gruesome obstacle courses to cheeky photo shoots, we’ve done a lot over the last year! Our fund-raising antics have landed us on daytime TV (yes, in the buff!) and even led to us releasing our own calendar,…

Behind the scenes at the Naked Gardening Calendar shoot

I’m sure you remember the Calendar Girls.. then, we saw firemen, marines, even rowers.. but somehow gardeners hadn’t de-clothed for charity yet. So, I’d been hatching a little plan for a few years, eyeing up a range of horticulturists who might be up for it… and more importantly, trying to find the right charity to…

Take a ‘Gardening Selfie’ today!

  By now, you must have seen the cheeky photos and unique appearance on the popular Loose Women programme, which was all to celebrate World Naked Gardening Day… which is today… If you haven’t seen the full set of photographs, then here they are…

how to win an obstacle race.

  As some of you know, I’ve signed up to run the dirty dozen race on the 5th April, along with my team of ‘grubby gardeners’ (find out more here: www.justgiving.com/grubby-gardeners). When I was signed up earlier this year, race organiser Doug (also known as ‘the beard’) offered me 2 hours of his time, in…

Why I like getting muddy

I have never been fit, and my uncomfortable school years meant I carried that fear of physical exercise into my teenage, and adult years.. (shit, am I an adult?? surely not!) Anyway, after 4 months struck down with a virus a couple of years back, I started to think more about me and my health….