Fitness: Charity challenges and inspiring stories

Be motivated to move your body in one of this month’s charity challenges, from the Star Shine Night Walk to the Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride


Distinguished Gentleman's Ride (55867439)
Distinguished Gentleman's Ride (55867439)

Look out for a convoy of dapper bikers riding classic motorcycles through Cambridge on Sunday, May 22. The sharp-dressed group, set to top 300, is taking part in the Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride, on a route from south to north Cambridge, encompassing villages and city.

The event, which takes place in 700 cities across 100 countries, simultaneously around the world, raises funds for research into prostate cancer and men’s health initiatives, via charity partner Movember.

This will the seventh outing for the Cambridge contingent, which has raised in excess of £150,000 over the years.

“After two very curtailed years due to lockdown the focus is very much on bringing the community of gentlefolk owners of vintage, classic and retro-style motorcycles back together,” explains Edward Stow, organiser of the Cambridge ride.

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Tom's Trust charity race day (55867455)
Tom's Trust charity race day (55867455)

There’s few things as thrilling as a day at the races – and now besides the adrenaline-rush of seeing your horse romp home, you can raise money for an incredible cause.

Cambridge-based charity Tom’s Trust – which provides psychological support to children with brain tumours and their families – is launching its first charity Race Day at Newmarket Racecourse on June 18.

Supported by Newmarket Jockey Club, the spectacular event will feature a charity auction, gourmet lunch and afternoon tea. Be part of a memorable day by booking a table, with sponsorship packages starting at £1500 for a table of 10.

Contact Jess Wilde, Corporate and Community Fundraiser, to book a table or find out more, by emailing or call 07307 417528


Kelly Cooper on the lookout for Slimming World consultants (55867441)
Kelly Cooper on the lookout for Slimming World consultants (55867441)

Kelly Cooper battled a love/hate relationship with food since childhood, but – with the help of Slimming World – has lost an epic five stone in weight.

Now managing a team of seven Slimming World consultants across Bury St Edmunds and Stowmarket, she believes the key to sustainable weight loss is ‘finding understanding, care and support’.

Kelly is on the look-out for more Slimming World leaders, maintaining that their role is vital in a post-pandemic world struggling with rising obesity levels.

“Consultants motivate and inspire members to achieve their weight loss dreams.”

If you’ve successfully lost weight at a local group, you may be interested in starting your own Slimming World group. “There is no better time to help motivate people in your local community and support them to take the first step of their journey,” says Kelly.

For more information, contact Kelly on 07792 603204 or go to


Step out for Arthur Rank Hospice Charity and make the streets of Cambridge glow green in this year’s Star Shine Night Walk!

Having taken place virtually for the past two years, the annual walk returns as a live event on Saturday, May 22, with green illumination along the route.

The 10k memorial walk, which has a new start venue at Cambridge Rugby Union Football Club (Volac Park) on Grantchester Road, raises money for Arthur Rank Hospice, which provides end of life care and support for those with life-limiting conditions.

Walkers set off at 8pm, following an accessible route, which passes iconic Cambridge views.

Angeline Liles, Events Officer, says: “We hope you will have fun with the glow green theme as we light up the streets of our historic city!”

Star Shine walkers receive an event pack including a reusable event t-shirt, support with sponsorship, and treats. There’s also a medal for crossing the finish line.

Let's glow!

Sign up in advance at for £19.50 (adults) and £9.50 children under 16.


Massage therapies at Relief Chiropractic (55867445)
Massage therapies at Relief Chiropractic (55867445)

Suffering from conditions such as arthritis, psoriasis, postural pain or joint damage can be truly debilitating. But these are exactly the type of health complaints that the chiropractors and soft tissue specialists at Relief Chiropractic Health Clinic in Cambridge can help to alleviate.

The dedicated team use a variety of different methods including laser therapy, relaxation massage and sports massage, to help target these issues.

Laser therapy, which can help with sprains and strains, arthritis, swelling and inflammation, plus skin conditions including acne, eczema, and fungal nail infections, uses low level laser light to promote the body’s healing response.

For those suffering with stress or feeling unbalanced, relaxing massage therapies, including reflexology and aromatherapy massage, promote feelings of calm and wellbeing, and help soothe aches and pains.

Chronic pain conditions and sports injuries, including shoulder blade pain, tight muscles, postural pain and chronic sprains can benefit from sports message therapy. Practitioners at Relief Chiropractic can add specialist techniques such as dry needling and Graston Technique to the massage, for more targeted therapy.

Relief Chiropractic is at Unit 30A Solopark, Trading Estate, Station Road, Pampisford CB22 3HB. See and @reliefchirouk.


Going for gold

Impington Village College has been recognised for its commitment to ‘outstanding mental health and wellbeing provision’ for students and staff. This is the second time the college has been awarded Gold Status by the Carnegie Centre of Excellence for Mental Health in Schools.

The college’s outstanding offerings include in-house mentoring, a family support worker, YMCA counselling, mindfulness and cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT).

On your bike!

Cycling East Anglia (55867416)
Cycling East Anglia (55867416)

A new bicycling bible – Cycling East Anglia – offers 21 routes for beginners and ‘leisure cyclists’ around Norfolk, Suffolk and Cambridgeshire. Most rides in the Bradt guide, by Huw Hennessy, are around 30km loop circuits, for hassle-free travel, covering places such as Sandringham, Wells, Thetford Forest, Walberswick, Orford, Ely, Newmarket and Grafham Water, spanning adrenaline-rush mountain bike circuits and sleepy village rambles.

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Dancing queen

Cambridge Regional College performing arts student Lydia Razzell is set to represent Team GB at the Dance World Cup finals in Spain this June. A performer with the Pixie Lott Performing Arts Academy, Lydia says: “This is the biggest competition I have been involved in, and it could be a game changer. At the competitions, I will represent Team GB which is quite cool.”

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