UK charity challenges

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?

Snowdon Moonlight Challenge
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Snowdon Moonlight Challenge

Snowdonia 19 Sept

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!

Trek the Lake District
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Trek the Lake District

4-7 June 2015

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.

Trek from sunset to sunrise
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Trek from sunset to sunrise

Walk through the night to summit Ben Nevis, cross the Pembrokeshire limestone or climb...

'30 Peaks' hillwalking weekend
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'30 Peaks' hillwalking weekend

Lake District 20-21 June

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.

RideLondon-Surrey 2015
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RideLondon-Surrey 2015

2 August 2015

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.

Charity bike rides
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Charity bike rides

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?

Brighton Marathon 2015
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Brighton Marathon 2015

12 April 2015

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.

WaterAid Mountain Challenge

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.

Skydive for Stephen

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. Age 16+.

Chasing the Sun

A chance to pit yourself against the spectacular landscapes of the Lake District National Park by bike, kayak and on foot!

Arcelormittal Orbit Abseil

Abseil off the tallest sculpture in the UK located on the Olympic Park with iconic views. Take in a totally new perspective of London whilst abseiling from the 240ft platform. Age 16+.

Hertfordshire 100

A mighty 100 mile ride through pretty villages and lush Spring countryside in Hertfordshire - a landscape of beautiful half-timbered cottages and colourful marketplaces. Age 16+.

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Arthritis Care’s purpose is to empower people with arthritis through support & information.

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