Cyclists can help raise funds to care for people in Somerset by signing up for a popular hospice to hospice cycle ride.

The Great Somerset Cycle is back with a new route between Taunton and Yeovil. Entries are now open for the challenge, which will see riders pedalling between the two St. Margaret’s Hospice In-patient Units on Sunday, March 24.

Sonia Bateman, events fundraiser at the charity, said: “Spring is a fantastic time to enjoy our beautiful countryside by taking part in an organised cycle ride. There’s plenty of time to get in training and start raising sponsorship, and we hope that signing up now will give people extra motivation to achieve their New Year fitness goals.

“As a Somerset charity we rely on the support of our local community, so we’re asking all our riders to set themselves a sponsorship target of £150 or make a donation to help us care for people affected by life-limiting illnesses.”

Cyclists can choose to tackle a 40-mile route from Yeovil to Taunton or vice versa, via Ham Hill Country Park, Langport and West Monkton, or an 80-mile round trip. For more details of the route, click here.

Groups of riders will set off from Yeovil and Taunton at 9am. The fundraising event is proudly sponsored by Clarke Willmott solicitors and The Bicycle Chain.

Most of the ride will be on quiet B-roads which will be marshalled for safety, with on course mechanical support to help in case of punctures. Refreshments will be available before and after the ride, with a water station at the halfway point.

Places cost £25 and participants are encouraged to raise sponsorship for St. Margaret’s Hospice, which needs to raise over £9.5m a year to fund its end of life care services for people across Somerset. The charity, which supported more than 3,800 people affected by life-limiting illnesses last year, is organising the event for the second time.

More than 200 cyclists took part in the first Great Somerset Cycle in 2017.

For more information or to book your place, click here or call 0845 034 2188.