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?
Just Walk is an exciting charity walk where you can raise money for any charity of your choice. Choose from a 10km, 20km or 40km walk, or the big 60km walk a challenge for everyone.
Kick start the New Year with 10% off Just Walk registrations until 31st January 2015. Use code JWJAN10.
Inspired by Stephen Sutton and at the request of his family, Teenage Cancer Trust is organising a huge world-record breaking skydiving event this summer.
Join #TeamTeenageCancer for an adrenalin filled day and help us raise £120,000 to support young people with cancer. Will you help us break a world record?
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.
Ballot now closed - the only way to get a place is from a charity. Apply now for your place!
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.
Don’t miss out on what's going on - sign up to our weekly newsletter!
An amazing weekend of highs and... more highs! This challenge trek will see you crossing the breadth of rugged and exciting Snowdonia and summiting the 15 highest peaks in Wales.
*ENTER BY 1ST MAY* Culden Faw is a monster of an estate near Henley on Thames. You'll never be running on the flat so get used to burning quads & calves. Age 18+.
Newport Transporter Bridge offers one of the largest temporary zip slides in the country. Participants launch themselves from a point 50m high on the bridge, before sliding 320m into Coronation Park.
Join our new cycling event & pedal for a purpose to raise funds for Demelza House. Starting & finishing at our hospice – there's a route for everyone. Age 14+.
A great summers day cycling - London through the Chilterns to Oxford & raise money for Prostate Cancer Research. Live music, refreshments & beer tent. Bike ride min. age is 14.
Variety, the Children's Charity, improving the lives of sick, disabled, and disadvantaged children each day.
Find out more about featuring your challenge events on timeoutdoors.