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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

Exmoor 30:30
Exmoor 30:30
Hill walking in Exford, Somerset, UK - 30 miles on 12 Sep 2015.
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HellRunner: Hell Down South
HellRunner: Hell Down South
Trail running in Longmoor Camp, Hampshire, UK - 12 miles on 17 Jan 2015.
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Virgin Money London Marathon
Virgin Money London Marathon
Road running in London, Greater London, UK - 26.2 miles on 26 Apr 2015.
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London to Brighton Challenge 2015
London to Brighton Challenge 2015
Walking in Richmond-Upon-Thames, Greater London, UK - 24 hours on 23 May 2015.
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Spinnaker Tower Abseil
Spinnaker Tower Abseil
Abseiling in Gunwharf Quays, Portsmouth, Hampshire, UK - 320 feet on 12 May 2015.
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DIFC Santa Run- 10K
DIFC Santa Run- 10K
Road running in London, Greater London, UK - 10 km on 07 Dec 2014.
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Isle of Wight Challenge 2015
Isle of Wight Challenge 2015
Walking in West Cowes, Isle of Wight, UK - 24 hours on 02 May 2015.
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DIFC Santa Run- 5K
DIFC Santa Run- 5K
Road running in London, Greater London, UK - 5 km on 07 Dec 2014.
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Land's End to John O'Groats Cycle
Land's End to John O'Groats Cycle
Road cycling in Land's End to John O'Groats, UK - 13 days on 05 May 2015.
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Hadrian's Wall Weekend
Hadrian's Wall Weekend
Hill walking in Haltwhistle, Northumberland, UK - 3 days on 05 Jun 2015.
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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...
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
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
London's Air Ambulance
Monday 25 May 2015 10.00 AM Suitable for beginners Beginners Juniors welcome U18s
London, Greater London, UK
Registration fee £35 registration fee Minimum sponsorship amount £150 sponsorship
The Queen Alexandra Hospital Home
Sunday 12 April 2015 09.00 AM Suitable for teams Teams
Brighton, East Sussex, UK
Registration fee £130 registration fee Minimum sponsorship amount £100 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