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?
If you’re looking for a magical fitness challenge then the NSPCC's exclusive Snowdon Moonlight Challenge could be the event for you!
After a midnight feast you’ll head into the heart of the Snowdonia National Park to conquer the highest mountain in England and Wales!
Scafell Pike, Helvellyn & Skiddaw are three of the eight 3000ft+ Lake District peaks that you will conquer in just 2 days on this picturesque hiking challenge for Meningitis Now. Fully-qualified mountain leader, highly experienced safety team, accommodation, meals, transport between the peaks & much more included. Register today for just £75.
Walk through the night to summit Ben Nevis, cross the Pembrokeshire limestone or climb...
The ultimate North West trek, traversing the tough, mountainous terrain of the Lake District and conquering 30 peaks in just two days!
Spend a weekend exploring the spectacular scenery of the unexplored Ullswater Fells and raise money for sick children.
Children in Crisis need you to get your helmet on and join our team in 2015! Take over the streets of London as a team with your colleagues, or go solo with thousands of other cyclists, and challenge yourself to this spectacular 100 mile event, whilst also raising vital funds to help give vulnerable children a chance to learn.
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?
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A popular annual cycling event from Wetherby to Filey along a non-conventional route with a great sporting atmosphere.
Take on one of the toughest challenges that the UK has to offer - 24 Peaks in 24 Hours, set against the dramatic backdrop of the Scottish Highlands. Age 16+.
WaterAid's biggest annual challenge event! On 6 June we aim to have at least one team of between 4 & 7 walkers on top of 150 mountains across the UK & Ireland.
Now in its 25th year! Awarded Event of the Year 7 times by the British Triathlon Federation! Historical backdrop of Windsor Castle, Eton College & River Thames. Sprint (age 15+) or Olympic (age 17+).
NEW! Fully supported 100km ride linking all three of the Royal British Legion's Armed Services from Sandhurst in Surrey to Portsmouth, via RAF Odiham.
Providing support and information about pregnancy related Pelvic Girdle Pain and disability.
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