Elaine Aronson, timeoutdoors' Challenges Editor, outlines the appeal of packing as much into your charity challenge as possible - by taking part in a multi-activity event.
Have you always wanted to do something for charity but never been able to decide what? The thought of shaving your head doesn’t appeal, but neither does running a marathon, swimming the English Channel or cycling across the country? Well, never fear: embrace your indecisiveness and go for a multi-activity charity challenge.
Many of these events combine running, cycling, walking and some form of water-based activity in an epic weekend of adventures. It's the best way of packing everything you’ve ever wanted to do, and more, into one unbelievable experience.
However, these challenges are by no means a ‘jack of all trades, master of none’ affair. To successfully complete them, and bring in those much needed donations, a huge amount of determination and inner strength is required. Only then will you be able to experience the sheer elation and rush of adrenaline that comes from straining every sinew and conquering the seemingly impossible.
The Race the Sun event, for example, involves a 50-mile cycle ride, climbing Helvellyn and canoeing across Lake Thirlmere. You start at sunrise, and finish by sunset - hence the name.
Other events include camping out and trekking in the Peak District, while further mountain biking, kayaking and hiking adventures are all out there waiting for you in the great outdoors.
So why limit yourself to one event? The best way to get everything out of your charity challenge is to simply cram as much as you possibly can into your experience.
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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A fun & challenging event for Barnardo's. Silver challenge involves a walk or run 16 miles from Drymen to Callander followed by 22 mile bike ride to Killin.
To commemorate the 75th Anniversary of the Battle of Britain the RAF Benevolent Fund are hosting a Dragon boat challenge at Willen Lake, Milton Keynes.
If you’re looking for a challenge with a difference then join our Hospice for Birmingham’s tastiest event – The Chocolate Run.
Take on one of the toughest challenges that the UK has to offer - 24 Peaks in 24 Hours, set against the dramatic backdrop of the Scottish Highlands. Age 16+.
*ENTER BY 21 SEPT* Scotland's Biggest Weekend of Running includes the Toddler Dash, Great Mini & Junior events on the Sat + half marathon & 10K on the Sunday!
Every childhood is worth fighting for.
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