Cross country runners enjoyed getting Up, Down & Dirty while raising vital funds for St. Margaret’s Hospice.

Around 150 people took up the challenge of running 5k, 10k or 15k while negotiating a series of obstacles, including clambering over logs and fences and splashing through a water jump.

The event at Aldon, Yeovil, on Sunday, November 18, followed our first Up, Down & Dirty run at Treborough, in the Brendon Hills, last month.

Sonia Bateman, events fundraiser at St. Margaret’s Hospice, said: “We would like to say a massive thank you to everyone who took up the challenge of Up, Down & Dirty, and all our volunteers who helped out with marshalling and many other jobs to make this event happen. It was brilliant to see so many friends and families getting together and having lots of fun.

“Sponsorship events like this are really important in raising vital funds to help people in our community who are facing a life-limiting illness. We have lots more events coming up soon, including our Festive Fun Run in Bridgwater and the Santa Dash in Yeovil, both on Sunday, December 9.”

Last year St. Margaret’s Hospice supported more than 3,800 people affected by life-limiting illnesses across Somerset. After NHS funding, we need to raise over £9.5m a year to fund our end of life care services for people across Somerset.

For more information or to book your place at the Santa Dash or Festive Fun Run, visit or call 0845 345 9671.