WITH many people getting fit as a part of their New Year's resolutions, a prominent Basingstoke charity is encouraging people to sign up for their events.

St Michael's Hospice are encouraging people in the area to sign up for both the Basingstoke Run and Big Wheel, due to take place later on this year, as well as an announcement of a new event.

Both events will be taking place in Down Grange Sports Complex and are open to people of all experience levels.

The Basingstoke Run takes place on Wednesday, 15 May at 7pm, with 5k and 10k routes around the 62-acre grounds of Down Grange available to choose from. The event is suitable for all the family and provides an opportunity to put on your trainers and raise vital funds for the Hospice, providing specialist care and support to patients suffering from life-limiting illnesses across North Hampshire.

The Big Wheel takes place on Sunday, 21 July at 9am, with cyclists taking in the Hampshire countryside, with the choice of five miles for beginners, a 22-mile route for intermediate cyclists or for those looking to really test themselves, the challenger 40-mile route or our advanced 64-mile route.

The Hospice also announced the launch of their very first ‘Virtual Big Wheel’ which offers cyclists the chance to choose their own route to complete at any time during the summer and in any location.

Events manager at St. Michael’s Hospice, Laura Hughes, said: “Taking part in one of our fitness events is a fantastic way to get active in 2019, whether you are a novice or a more experienced runner or cyclist, there’s a route to suit you.

"With the longer days approaching, it’s the perfect time to start your training.

"You can sign up to either one of our events online or if you’re up for an extra challenge you can “Do the Double”, choosing to both run and cycle. "Both events have such an incredible atmosphere, so don’t miss out on your chance to take part."

To sign up for any of the events in 2019, visit: stmichaelshospice.org.uk/events.