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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Taking place on a flat, fast course with huge crowd support. It's a great race for a new PB & for the complete beginner looking for a friendly, fun environment to run in.
Take the plunge and join Team Macmillan for our very own 5km sponsored swim - the Macmillan Lido Challenge - at Pells Pool in Lewes. (Age 18+).
Run or walk 38 floors to the top of the Gherkin, one of London's most iconic buildings, with complimentary massage and glass of champagne (or juice) waiting at the top. Age 8+.
Join us for one of the toughest challenges in Wales and an unforgettable experience.
The flat, fast and iconic Cardiff course is PB-ready and rich with potential for fast times from mass participants and an elite field.
We aim to ensure that no child is left out or left behind because of a difficulty speaking or understanding.
Information for charities about promoting challenge events on timeoutdoors.