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.
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Our challenge is to trek for 25 miles over 2 days exploring the Jurassic Coast, the UK’s first natural World Heritage Site. Outstanding shores and breathtaking cliffs.
You've heard of the National Three Peaks - Now take on the Welsh equivalent. Pen y Fan - Cadair Idris - Snowdon and all in 24 hours. This will test you to the limits.
The NSPCC Tour of the Cotswolds is a pro-tour style, 158-mile, multi-stage sportive that will put YOU at the very heart of the action.
An amazing weekend of highs and... more highs! This challenge trek will see you crossing the breadth of rugged and exciting Snowdonia and summiting the 15 highest peaks in Wales.
Choose a charity, choose a location, choose a distance! A great trekking challenge for all levels of trekkers! Come and be part of something special...
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