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Be Inspired: Get Fit in Kent

It’s the new year, and one of your resolutions is to get fit. But how exactly do you motivate yourself to get going? One of the best ways is to find a purpose for your exercising. For some, that purpose might be to reach a weight loss goal or to win a bet. However, for others, the best reason for training and getting fit is charity. What better incentive do you need to get on the treadmill, than to take on one of Kent’s exciting charity events?

Chilli Dip Cold Water Swim // 7 Feb


How brave are you when it comes to the cold? Do you like a bracing dip on a cold day? Even if you don’t, when it comes to the chYps Children’s Hospice Chilli Dip at St Julian’s outdoor pool, it is worth making the effort, as all money raised will go to a good cause. And once complete, you will receive a certificate and a bowl of warming chilli.

Registration costs £15. To sign up, visit or call Hayley Brown on 01322 626506.

Glow Night Run // 27 Mar

This 5km run (or jog, or walk – whatever you feel most comfortable doing) is an evening event, but don’t worry, you won’t lose your way or trip over any errant fallen branches because you will be wearing the most eye catching fluorescent clothing you possibly can! With music, lighting, and a fun party atmosphere in Maidstone’s Mote Park, this event organised by chYps Children’s Hospice is not to be missed.

Registration costs £15. To sign up, visit or call Hayley Brown on 01322 626506.

Pedal for a Purpose // 19 Apr


Starting and ending at Demelza House’s Sittingbourne site, participants can choose from three different routes (depending on their bike riding confidence), and enjoy cycling through some of the most picturesque little villages in Kent – all for a great cause.

The Family Route (17 miles) costs £15 per adult and £5 per child; the Classic Route (52 miles) £20; and the Epic Route (103 miles) £30. To register, visit

Walk This Way // 2 May

The Walk This Way challenge is a 50k route from Demelza’s site in Sittingbourne to its second site in Eltham – or vice versa. The fun part of this walk is that you will meet those doing the opposite walk as you go along, and because of the exclusive breathable t-shirt that you will receive when you sign up to take part, you’ll easily be able to spot fellow charity walkers. As an added incentive (as if making a load of money for a worthwhile charity isn’t enough), you can look forward to a glass of something bubbly at the end…

Registration costs £25 (minimum sponsorship of £500). Visit for more information, plus details on how to sign up.

Tour de Kent // 3 & 4 May


Kent is a beautiful county, so when you have the opportunity to not only explore some of its more scenic routes, but also raise money for charity (in this case Cardiac Risk in the Young (CRY) and Take Heart Mercy Mission) then why not take it? And when you can ride along with Gillingham FC stars and enjoy live music, food, and entertainment at Priestfield Stadium, it’s even better!

Registration cost TBC. For more information on the event, or to book your place, visit

Demelza 101 // 1214 Jun


The Demelza House 101 Challenge is so called because it takes 100 intrepid trekkers and unites them in one good cause: raising money for Demelza House. These plucky 100 have a definite challenge ahead of them, as their goal is to reach the top of Ben Nevis – a whopping 1,343 metres above sea level.

Registration costs £100 (minimum sponsorship £900). For further details or to book your place, visit or call Emma Austen on 07920 151766.

The Great Kent Bike Ride // 28 Jun


Push yourself, boost your fitness, and raise money for fantastic cause, the East Kent Hospitals Charity. Choose between the 35-, 60-, or 100-mile route for the Great Kent Bike Ride, and as you ride, you can enjoy the gorgeous Kent countryside including beaches, towns, and even some hills.

Registration costs £19.50 (£23 for the 100-mile route). For more details or to sign up online, visit or

Howletts 5k Fun Run // 13 Sep


This is the third fun run to take place at Howletts Wild Animal Park, and once again, the money raised will go towards helping the Aspinall Foundation’s Java Primate Centre continue to do its good work in gibbon conservation, plus the Back to the Wild conservation programme as it works for rhino conservation. The run takes in all of Howletts, and is a wonderful chance to see the animals as you go.

Registration costs £20 (minimum sponsorship £30).To register, visit and set up your fundraising page.

Join in, get fit, and do your bit for a good cause (or two) in 2015!

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