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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Take on the South Coast’s toughest run! Choose from a 7km, 14km or 21km course, with over 30 obstacles per 7km lap. Age 18+.
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+.
*ENTER BY 12 JULY* The world's largest & most iconic triathlon. 4 distances: Super Sprint, Sprint, Olympic & Olympic Plus. Individual/team. Age 17+. (Youth triathlon age 15/16).
*ENTER BY 29TH MAY* Home to 1000s of acres of the UKs thickest woodlands, Boughton Houses log obstacles are some of the worlds most brutal. Featuring tons of natural water obstacles. Age 18+.
A great summers day cycling - London through the Chilterns to Oxford & raise money for Prostate Cancer Research. Live music, refreshments & beer tent. Bike ride min. age is 14.
Scope exists to make this country a place where disabled people have the same opportunities as everyone else.
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