Fitness: Need a goal? Take on a charity challenge

Fancy dressing as a banana to bash out some burpees or turning pink to take on Race for Life? There’s a host of awesome charity events to sign up to this month


A previous year's Star Shine Walk participant (45316491)
A previous year's Star Shine Walk participant (45316491)

Now in its 13th year, the Star Shine Walk, will take place as a virtual event, with organisers Arthur Rank Hospice Charity inviting participants to step out in memory of someone special.

Earmarked for the weekend of May 22-23, those taking part can plump for a 5, 10 or 20-mile distance, and can walk, skip, freewheel, trundle, scoot, walk the dog or even salsa their way around! Fancy dress is also encouraged.

Last year the memory walk raised a staggering £40,000 – the equivalent of 67 visits by Arthur Rank’s Hospice at Home team.

Angeline Liles, Events Officer at the charity, adds: “We have found that people taking part in Star Shine Walk treasure the event as a unique opportunity to actively remember, honour and celebrate the life of someone they love. The beauty of it being a virtual event again this year means anyone can take part wherever in the county, country or world they live.”

Last year friends in Scotland took part in the jaunt at the same time as their Cambridge pals, keeping in contact on FaceTime throughout.

To find out more about the Star Shine Walk, sponsored by The Cambridgeshire Care Home, visit


Cambridge is forecast an influx of dapper chaps (and modish ladies) riding classic motorcycles on May 23, as The Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride (DGR) wends its way through the city.

The eye-catching spectacle, which takes place in 678 cities worldwide, raises awareness and funds for the two largest causes of early male mortality; prostate cancer (the over 40s) and suicide (the under 40s). It was founded in Sydney by Mark Hawwa in 2012, after he was inspired by a ‘Mad Men’ poster featuring Don Draper in a smart suit, riding a classic motorcycle. It has since grown in popularity, with 316,000 riders participating from 104 countries, raising more than 24.5m US dollars.

The Cambridge DGR launched in 2016, beginning with 150 riders, but has grown to more than 350, with participants praising the spirit and camaraderie of the event, and the opportunity to talk.

The route through Cambridge will be urban, with riders able to take their time to enjoy the historic landmarks.

To support the event, which is partnered with the Movember Foundation, Hot Numbers Coffee is producing a DGR blend, with a percentage of sales donated to the charity.

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It’s one of the most popular charity 5Ks in the country as a sea of women in pink unite to show cancer who’s boss. Last year the Race for Life – which takes place in 150 venues across the UK – had to be cancelled due to the pandemic. And with Cancer Research UK predicting a staggering £300 million drop in income over the next three years, people are being urged to sign up for this year’s races.

With the ongoing Covid-19 challenges, courses will have staggered starts, social distancing measures and hand gel stations.

In partnership with Tesco, Race for Life is staging local events in Cambridge (July 4), and Bury St Edmunds (June 6), so get online and sign up today!

Find out more at


FoodCycle 50 Challenge (45316576)
FoodCycle 50 Challenge (45316576)

Take part in the FoodCycle 50 Challenge this month and turn that lockdown frown into a big banana smile! The national food charity is inviting people to take on a fitness quest revolving around the figure 50 throughout April. It could be anything from cycling 50 miles per week to a daily dose of 50 star jumps, mastering 50 yoga poses to stomping the pavement for 50 minutes per day.

The fun initiative aims to boost mental health, lift spirits (participants can take part dressed as their favourite fruit, if they’re feeling game) and raise vital funds for vulnerable people across the country.

Perhaps you fancy doing a session of sit-ups as a string bean, or a burst of burpees as a beetroot?

Whatever takes your fruity fancy, sign up to the challenge, and you’ll be spreading a little hap-pea-ness.

More information on the FoodCycle 50 Challenge is available at

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