The FCG EPIC week is back for 2018 and this year organisers EPIC Challenges are aiming to get as many people of all ages and physical abilities to take part and get moving.

Following the success of EPIC Challenges in 2017 the ambitious event aims to raise money for Guernsey Cheshire Home and This is EPIC whilst inspiring people to take on physical challenges, become more active and push themselves to their personal limits – whatever that may be.

The idea of the week-long event, which is sponsored by First Central Group (FCG), is for islanders to take on their own EPIC challenge, but things are a bit different to last year. This year the challenge can be any physical activity.

EPIC Challenges have created a selection of activities that individuals or teams can take part in during the seven day event, but they’re inviting islanders to come up with their own challenge. From walking a mile a day, space-hopping across every beach in a week, Zumba-ing, dancing, cycling 100 miles or completing a marathon a day, whatever activity inspires the community to get their move on.

The FCG EPIC Week starts on Monday, 02 July 2018 and has been organised by local endurance athletes Philip Smith and Warren Mauger.  Smith and Mauger have also pledged to take part in as many activities as they possibly can and they are hoping to be given some fun tasks.

The FCG EPIC Week is an inclusive community event and the organisers are also encouraging primary schools to take part in their own ‘Get Your Move On’ challenges.

Smith said: “This year is all about the community and encouraging more people, teams and groups to get involved in The FCG EPIC Week. We are opening the activities to include anything and everything to ensure we make the week as accessible as possible.  Hopefully the week empowers people to get active and also help raise money for charity whilst they take on their own seven day challenge.”

Mauger said: “what I love about this is it’s truly inclusive – the aim is for each individual to do their own epic challenge, for some this can be as simple as walking round a garden, starting out running/walking a mile or two a day, swimming in the sea etc. Last year I was so inspired by the many different stories of people and groups of people pushing themselves outside their comfort zone and most have kept it going ever since which is amazing. Each person without realising it will be inspiring their own family and friends. It’s a great chance to kick start a new healthier lifestyle. “

Last year’s EPIC Challenge raised £27,701 which was split between Guernsey Mind and This Is EPIC. Guernsey Mind used the funds raised to provide support services for adults with autism and Asperger’s. This is EPIC used funds to support projects which empower people to overcome poverty in a sustainable way in Uganda and the Democratic Republic of Congo. This year funds raised will be split equally between This is EPIC and Guernsey Cheshire Home.

FCG are not only the headline sponsors of the event but employees from the FinTech firm have also set themselves a goal, their aim is to encourage at least 50% of their workforce to get moving! Employees will be buddying up and training together throughout the weeks leading up to the event and hope they can encourage other businesses to do the same.

FCG group PR and Brand Co-ordinator Rachael Cumberland-Dodd said: “FCG is immensely proud to be supporting The FCG EPIC Week for the 2nd year. It’s a great opportunity to get the island, regardless of their level of fitness, moving and taking on their own personal challenge. This more inclusive and community approach is a great fit for FCG – our goal is to nurture and support the community in everything we do, whether that’s through sponsorships of events like EPIC or offering internships and employee volunteering”.

To sign up for The FCG EPIC Week, simply register online at  select your challenge and get ready to Get Your Move On.

Join EPIC’s Facebook group it’s the place to share stories, get challenge ideas, find out about upcoming activities and read tips on training and fitness.




 Issued by: Xara Higgs

Tel: 01481 251251


Notes to editor

About FCG

FCG is the parent company of the UK insurance provider 1st CENTRAL FCG promotes and encourages the personal growth, development, health and wellbeing of its staff.

The expertise of its IT developers enabled the creation of a major piece of enterprise and innovation, a bespoke insurance platform, Focus, on which 1st CENTRAL sits. This has quickly established 1st CENTRAL and Guernsey as a highly skilled software development hub.

FCG launched its motor insurance provider, 1st CENTRAL, to the UK market in 2008.  Since then it has experienced phenomenal growth with over 350,000 customers and 2.5 million policies sold.

Guernsey racing driver Sebastian Priaulx is backed by 1st CENTRAL, for the 2017 racing season Seb will again be competing in the Simpson Race Products Ginetta Junior Championship.

About EPIC Challenges

EPIC Challenges have realised that when you combine purpose and challenge yourself to be the best, the outcome is often a positive change in your life and positive change in the lives of others. Philip Smith and Warren Mauger have organised a number of events over the last three years for local charities including This Is EPIC, which is run by Philip and Louise Smith and Martyn Langlois. They have also set up and completed a number of extreme challenges to raise money for charity including 7 marathons in 7 days and 48 hours on a treadmill. In July 2017, they will be attempting 7 Ironman distance triathlons in Guernsey.

Everything EPIC Challenges does aims to:

  1. Inspire individuals
  2. Engage and inspire the community
  3. Engage with education and young people
  4. Raise awareness of charities
  5. Raise money for charities in order to change as many lives as possible

Over the past three years they have created the following events all with the purpose of raising funds and inspiring people.

  • 7 marathons in 7 days raised more than £22,000
  • 48 hours on a treadmill raised more than £40,000
  • Annual moonlight marathons raised more than £8,500
  • Kings Mills Jogging Club run raised almost £5,000
  • Leadership and Motivational Talks to businesses raised over £3,000
  • EPIC Y Front run 10k raised £7,200
  • EPIC12 Endurance Race raised over £2,000
  • FCG Epic Week 2017 27,700