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?
Celebrating the legacy for cycling created by the 2012 Olympics, this event follows a 100-mile route on closed roads through the capital & into Surreys stunning countryside.
What's not to love about dressing up as Santa and going for a run with hundreds of other Santas? Events right across the UK from mid-November to mid-December will provide you with the Santa suit & hat - not to mention mince pies & drinks, antlers or even a bandana for your dog! With distances ranging from 50 metres to 10K, there's something for all ages & abilities. So whether you walk, run or cycle, all you'll need are some trainers & some Christmas cheer!
So, you want to do something for charity but don’t fancy running, swimming (that’s too cold) or walking (that’s too slow)? Why not try the nation’s new favourite sport and get on two wheels for a charity bike ride?
The Brighton marathon is now the second largest marathon in the UK and with a relatively flat, fast and scenic route places will be going fast! Get your charity place here.
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The 3 Peaks Challenge is a serious test of strength, stamina and determination where we aim to climb the 3 highest peaks in Scotland, England and Wales, all in 24 hours!
NEW CHALLENGE! A Trail of two Cities from the Capital to the historic city of Cambridge. Walk, Jog or Run 100km or 50km, with full support & hospitality all the way. 70% off-road.
A popular & picturesque run - flatter & faster than London, Paris, Chicago or Berlin - takes participants past some of Yorks splendid historic sites & along scenic country lanes. Age 18+.
*ENTER BY 6 MAY* Starting & finishing at the Edinburgh Marathon Festival Hub at Dynamic Earth this beautiful scenic route takes you around Holyrood Park with views of Edinburgh Castle. Age 15+.
Saturday night central London start to Brighton in order to raise money for 4 national cancer charities. Food & rest stops. A night time adventure!
The only UK-wide charity providing specialist support and tailored information for anyone affected by breast cancer.
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