Challenge yourself in 2018 If you’re in search of a fun challenge to inspire you to get fitter or overcome your fears this year, St. Margaret’s Hospice has plenty to choose from. The charity, which cared for more than 3,800 people in Somerset last year, is organising a variety of events for walkers, runners, cyclists and daredevils. Whether it’s a gentle eight-mile walk in our beautiful countryside, a 5k run with added sparkle, a 280-mile bike ride taking in three countries or the trek of a lifetime in India, participants are guaranteed an experience to remember. And they will have the added satisfaction of raising money to help care for people in Somerset affected by life-limiting illnesses. The first St. Margaret’s Hospice challenge of the year is the Great Somerset Walk on Sunday, March 4. Walkers will enjoy stunning scenery on the eight-mile (13km) route around Wimbleball Lake on Exmoor. A brand new event for 2018, the Glitter Run is already sparking excitement on Facebook. Hundreds of people are looking forward to getting misted with a fine covering of glitter as they run, walk, skip or dance their way round a sparkling 5k course. The event, kindly sponsored by West Country Windows and Gibbins Richards, is taking place at Wincanton Racecourse on Sunday, May 20, and Taunton Racecourse on Saturday, June 16. Keen cyclists will be getting on their bikes for a good cause in the Great Somerset Cycle, which this year will see riders travelling between our Taunton and Yeovil hospices on Sunday, August 5. And those who are feeling more adventurous can sign up for the St. Margaret’s Overseas Cycle, which will be stopping off in London, Amsterdam and Brussels between August 29, and September 2. The 280-mile route is one of the best cycling experiences in Europe, taking in the rolling countryside of Essex, the plains of Holland and the sleepy lanes of Belgium. Adrenaline junkies will be able to get their fix by taking part in a sponsored wing walk at RFC Rendcomb Aerodrome in Gloucestershire, on Wednesday, April 11, or a skydive at Dunkeswell Airfield in Devon later this year. And now is the time to sign up for the hospice’s next overseas trek, which will take participants to Southern India in February 2019. St. Margaret’s Hospice needs to raise over £9.5m during the coming year to fund its end of life care services.