Not all of us are made for running. Many of us barely have the time to train for a marathon, while others are prevented by age, illness and other life factors. That does not mean, however, that we can’t all get out into the great outdoors and push ourselves for a good cause with a challenge walk for charity, as timeoutdoors' Challenges Editor Elaine Aronson explains.
Charity walks in the UK are on the up, with more and more people seizing the opportunity to join together and march to raise funds and spread awareness. Plus, it’s good for you!
A SOCIABLE EVENT
Unlike other, more solitary pursuits, a walk offers opportunities to talk with your fellow trekkers and support each other. Charity walking events can bring a unique sense of camaraderie and friendship as tens, hundreds or even thousands of people join together for one common cause. Furthermore, the whole family can take part in some of the walks - see the walks marked 'U18s' for those suitable for under 18s.
Of course, simply going for a walk is not enough for some - the effort and ‘wow’ factor comes from covering a huge distance. Everyone knows about popular walks such as London to Brighton, but there are loads of other challenge walks out there including day walks, night walks, weekend treks and even multi-day pilgrimages!
Take a look through the challenges and click for details of the challenge and charity/charities. You can enter a few basic details to be instantly emailed further information.
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*ENTER BY 5TH SEPT* A fully supported, stunning 50km route taking in the best of London and its varied landscapes - the UK's biggest Ultra. A charity challenge unlike any other. Age 18+.
Staged on the worlds greatest road race route through the heart of central London passing many of the capitals truly world class historic landmarks.
The worlds biggest half marathon from Newcastle, across the iconic Tyne Bridge & onto the picturesque coastal finish in South Shields. Age 17+. Also 1.5k mini run (age 3-8) & 4k junior run (age 9-16).
Run for your life through 5km dodging the UNDEAD & navigating challenging obstacles designed specifically to slow down your escape from relentless ZOMBIE horde who are hungry for fresh brains!
A unique endurance challenge along the Thames Path Trail. Start training, pick your charity and set your watch! 100km, 50km, 25km & Team Relay options.
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