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UK charity challenges


When it comes to raising money for a good cause, there are loads of great charity challenges taking place all over the UK, writes Elaine Aronson, timeoutdoors' Challenges Editor.

From walks and races over land and water to tumbling from the skies attached to a rope or a parachute, whatever your cause, there’s going to be a UK challenge to put your name to and start getting sponsorship for.

It’s part of the make-up of the Great British public to generally have a bit of a grumble and do ourselves - and our surroundings - down. But the fact of the matter is that few places on Earth can boast such a stunning and diverse landscape. And taking on a charity challenge is a brilliant way of getting yourself out into all that natural beauty.

SOMETHING FOR EVERYONE
Charity challenges are big business in the UK and over the years have grown to encompass just about every sporting activity you can possibly think of.

Those with a head for heights and a love of walking will be salivating at the prospect of the various Three Peaks challenges, other peak challenges and a wide range of challenge walks.

Runners can choose from a 5K or 10K run, half marathon or full marathon, whilst those with sea legs can test their mettle and skills with a sailing challenge or a swim. Adrenaline junkies can get their fix abseiling, zip sliding or skydiving and if getting in the saddle is your thing, there are dozens of charity bike rides all over the country. Alternatively, why not take on a swim, bike and run in a triathlon or all sorts of activity combinations in a multi-activity challenge?

Charity challenges in the UK

Breast Cancer Care WomenOnly Run 15km
Breast Cancer Care WomenOnly Run 15km
Road running in Richmond Park, Surrey, UK - 15 km on 18 Oct 2014.
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Three Peaks Challenge
Three Peaks Challenge
Hill walking in Ben Nevis - Scafell Pike - Snowdon, UK - 3 days on 10 Jul 2015.
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Rat Race Dirty Weekend - Half Mucker
Rat Race Dirty Weekend - Half Mucker
Multi terrain running in Burghley House, Stamford, Lincolnshire, UK - 13 miles on 09 May 2015.
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Young Epilepsy's Purple Walk
Young Epilepsy's Purple Walk
Walking in Loseley Park, Guildford, Surrey, UK - 9 km on 17 May 2015.
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Breast Cancer Care WomenOnly Run 5km
Breast Cancer Care WomenOnly Run 5km
Road running in Richmond Park, Surrey, UK - 5 km on 18 Oct 2014.
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Hike for your Heart - Ben Nevis Challenge 2014
Hike for your Heart - Ben Nevis Challenge 2014
Trekking in Fort William , Highland, UK - 3 days on 10 Oct 2014.
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Breast Cancer Care WomenOnly Run 10km
Breast Cancer Care WomenOnly Run 10km
Road running in Richmond Park, Surrey, UK - 10 km on 18 Oct 2014.
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Walk100 London to Brighton 24 Hour Walk - 100km option
Walk100 London to Brighton 24 Hour Walk - 100km option
Trekking in Putney to Ovingdean, Greater London, UK - 100 km on 06 Jun 2015.
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BT Tower Climb
BT Tower Climb
Fitness in London, Greater London, UK - 1 days on 31 Oct 2014.
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Virgin Money London Marathon
Virgin Money London Marathon
Road running in London, Greater London, UK - 26.2 miles on 26 Apr 2015.
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Charity 10K runs

Almost everyone can run 10K and what better motivation to dust off those trainers than a worthy cause close to your heart.
Charity 10K runs

Charity triathlons

A triathlon is the perfect event for those who love a challenge - do the swim, bike and run yourself or get a team of 3 to do one leg each.
Charity triathlons

Charity swims

Not everyone has an aptitude for running and a big charity swim can be every bit as challenging and rewarding as a marathon.
Charity swims

Three Peaks challenges

Great Britain has some truly astonishing countryside and a three peaks challenge is a fantastic way to see it.
Three Peaks challenges

Charity walks

Loads of charity walks including day walks, night walks, weekend treks, challenge walks and shorter walks for all the family.
Charity walks

Charity bike rides

Why not try the nation’s new favourite sport and get on two wheels for a charity bike ride?
Charity bike rides

Charity places in UK events

Charity places in runs and triathlons...
Kidneys for Life
Sunday 10 May 2015 10.00 AM Suitable for teams Teams Suitable for beginners Beginners Juniors welcome U18s
Manchester, Greater Manchester, UK
Registration fee £38 registration fee Minimum sponsorship amount £120 sponsorship
Ataxia UK
Sunday 12 April 2015 09.00 AM Suitable for teams Teams
Brighton, East Sussex, UK
Registration fee £50 registration fee Minimum sponsorship amount £500 sponsorship
Arthritis Care
Sunday 26 April 2015 10.00 AM
London, Greater London, UK
Registration fee £0 registration fee Minimum sponsorship amount £1800 sponsorship
Parkinson's UK
Sunday 12 October 2014
York, North Yorkshire, UK
Registration fee £0 registration fee Minimum sponsorship amount £450 sponsorship
St Mungo's Broadway
Sunday 12 October 2014 09.00 AM Suitable for beginners Beginners Juniors welcome U18s
Royal Parks, London, Greater London, UK
Registration fee £25 registration fee Minimum sponsorship amount £395 sponsorship