Five North Devon charity events in 2017 to keep you fit and active

Which event will you take part in? Clockwise from top left: Relay for Life; Smuggle Sportive; Race f

Which event will you take part in? Clockwise from top left: Relay for Life; Smuggle Sportive; Race for Life; Walk for Parkinsons UK; and (centre) Mission Unbreakable (picture by Andy Casey). - Credit: Archant

Is your new year’s resolution to get fit? Make sure you stay on track by signing up to one of these charity challenges in North Devon.

If you’re looking to get active this year, why not sign up to a charity event for motivation?

Whether it’s a walk, run, or cycle, having a goal will help motivate you to get out training.

And as well as increasing your fitness, you’ll be raising money for a good cause.

There are several events happening around North Devon in 2017.

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Here are some suggestions of which ones you could sign up to:

Walking for Parkinson’s UK - Arlington Court, May 7

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Keen walkers are invited to sign up for the South West walk for Parkinson’s event on May 7.

You can take part at Arlington Court, near Barnstaple, raising money for the charity.

Each walk offers a range of distances and terrains, so there is something to suit everyone from those looking for a leisurely stroll to keen walkers who prefer a bigger challenge.

All money raised by Walk for Parkinson’s will be used to help find better treatments, and ultimately a cure, as well as providing support and information for the 127,000 people affected by Parkinson’s across the UK.

To find out more visit

Race For Life - Barnstaple

This fun race is open for women to take part in, raising money for Cancer Research UK.

The dates for this year’s event have not yet been released, but they are normally held in June or July.

The 5km and 10km races kick off in Rock Park, Barnstaple and you can walk, jog or run, so it’s open to all abilities and ages.

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Relay for Life - Barnstaple Rugby Club, July 22

Relay for Life is open to all and is a 24-hour run in aid of Cancer Research UK.

Held at Barnstaple Rugby Club, entry is free but teams are asked to raise at least £200 towards the charity’s work.

Teams can be between eight and 15 people and it’s a great way to work together to stay motivated.

There is also a survivors’ lap of honour and a candle of hope ceremony during the event.

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Mission: Unbreakable - North Molton Sports Ground, October 15

There is plenty of time to train for this brutal assault course challenge - and you might just need it!

No ordinary race, this has been put together by some of Chivenor’s finest, and is guaranteed to test your mental and physical strength.

You can enter individually or as part of a team, and prepare to get muddy!

This event is held in aid of North Devon Hospice.

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The Smuggler Sportive - Barnstaple, June 4

If you’d rather be on your bike than pounding the pavements, this challenge is for you.

The Smuggle Sportive is held in Barnstaple and takes in some of the region’s most breathtaking roads.

The event is set to be bigger and better than ever, and starts and finishes in Barnstaple Square.

There is a choice between a 20, 40, 50 and 80 mile route, which promises something for all abilities.

It’s all in aid of Force cancer charity and North Devon Hospice.

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Are you entering a charity event in North Devon? Send us a tweet and let us know which one - and don’t forget to send us your photos after the event too.

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