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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Choose from an on-road challenge with our 50 and 65 mile routes, or take on the 26 or 40 mile off-road adventure which takes you through the beautiful Kent countryside.
Three counties, triple the glory! Take part in this challenging, fully closed-road, city-to-city marathon. Age 18+.
Join us for the UK’s biggest charity event for under 5's. Hold a short walk for Toddlers and raise money for the most vulnerable children in the UK.
Choose whether to run or walk one of two 50km sections of the Thames Path Challenge. Pick your charity, start training and set your watch!
A beautiful ride through the New Forest, helping to raise vital funds for Orchid.
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Information for charities and challenge organisers about promoting challenge events on timeoutdoors.