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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

Fright Hike - Epping Forest
Fright Hike - Epping Forest
Trekking in Epping Forest, Essex, UK - 30 km on 01 Nov 2014.
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Fright Hike - Forest of Dean
Fright Hike - Forest of Dean
Trekking in Forest of Dean, Gloucestershire, UK - 30 km on 01 Nov 2014.
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Halloween Hike - London's Scariest Midnight Walk!
Halloween Hike - London's Scariest Midnight Walk!
Walking in London, Greater London, UK - 13 miles on 31 Oct 2014.
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Parkinson's UK Spooky Sprint Hop Farm - 5K
Parkinson's UK Spooky Sprint Hop Farm - 5K
Multi terrain running in Paddock Wood, Tonbridge, Kent, UK - 5 km on 15 Nov 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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Parkinson's UK Spooky Sprint Nottingham - 10K
Parkinson's UK Spooky Sprint Nottingham - 10K
Road running in National Water Sports Centre, Nottingham, Nottinghamshire, UK - 10 km on 01 Nov 2014.
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Parkinson's UK Spooky Sprint Hop Farm - 10K
Parkinson's UK Spooky Sprint Hop Farm - 10K
Multi terrain running in Paddock Wood, Tonbridge, Kent, UK - 10 km on 15 Nov 2014.
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Parkinson's UK Spooky Sprint Nottingham - 5K
Parkinson's UK Spooky Sprint Nottingham - 5K
Road running in National Water Sports Centre, Nottingham, Nottinghamshire, UK - 5 km on 01 Nov 2014.
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London to Padstow Cycling Challenge
London to Padstow Cycling Challenge
Road cycling in London to Padstow, UK - 3 days on 12 Jun 2015. Reduced entry fee - £75 for short time only!
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The Blindfold Run - 10k or 5k
The Blindfold Run - 10k or 5k
Road running in Queen Elizabeth Park, London, Greater London, UK - 10 km on 02 Nov 2014. 25% off registration fee
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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...
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
The Neuroblastoma Society
Sunday 13 September 2015 Suitable for teams Teams Suitable for beginners Beginners Juniors welcome U18s
Newcastle, Tyne and Wear, UK
Registration fee £25 registration fee Minimum sponsorship amount £300 sponsorship
Arthritis Care
Sunday 2 August 2015 Suitable for teams Teams
London to Surrey, Greater London, UK
Registration fee £0 registration fee Minimum sponsorship amount £750 sponsorship
Arthritis Care
Sunday 12 April 2015 09.00 AM Suitable for teams Teams
Brighton, East Sussex, UK
Registration fee £0 registration fee Minimum sponsorship amount £500 sponsorship
London's Air Ambulance
Sunday 12 July 2015 09.35 AM Suitable for teams Teams Suitable for beginners Beginners
London, Greater London, UK
Registration fee £35 registration fee Minimum sponsorship amount £150 sponsorship