Challenge yourself for Rainbows this New Year

Rainbows is calling on people to take to the road, the water, the skies, the desert or the mountains to support youngsters with life-limiting and terminal illnesses.

We have launched our 2014 events calendar and we are encouraging people to beat the post festive blues by signing up to a challenge. There is a wide range of activities to suit all ages and abilities for those whose New Year’s resolution is to get fit or do something really exciting.

Local challenges include the Loughborough Moonlight Walk; the Leicester 10k, an East Midlands Skydive and an abseil down Derby Cathedral.

Some of the more extreme challenges include riding through Mongolia on horseback; cycling from Yosemite to San Francisco; rowing through the testing waters of the Zambezi River; sailing in the Channel Islands; motor biking through Northern India and the Century Cycle Challenge – a unique ride across Northern France and Belgium to commemorate and pay tribute to the fallen heroes of the First World War.

People can also sign up to national events such as the Virgin London Marathon and the Bupa Great North Run, all in aid of Rainbows.

Katie Baxter, community and events manager, said: “This year we have some new and really exciting challenges. The New Year is a perfect time to focus on setting a personal challenge as we often feel guilty about indulging over the festive period.

“This year we have challenges for walkers, runners, cyclists, sailors, swimmers and our events range from across the continent to here in the East Midlands. Some of the events are a lot tougher than others and people will need time to train so we would encourage them to sign up as soon as possible.

“All of our events are a fantastic opportunity to take on a challenge, get fit, meet other like-minded people and raise funds for us.”

For more information, contact 0800 9521133, email [email protected] or click here.