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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*ENTER BY 5TH SEPT* A fully supported, stunning 50km route taking in the best of London and its varied landscapes - the UK's biggest Ultra. A charity challenge unlike any other. Age 18+.
Staged on the worlds greatest road race route through the heart of central London passing many of the capitals truly world class historic landmarks.
The worlds biggest half marathon from Newcastle, across the iconic Tyne Bridge & onto the picturesque coastal finish in South Shields. Age 17+. Also 1.5k mini run (age 3-8) & 4k junior run (age 9-16).
Run for your life through 5km dodging the UNDEAD & navigating challenging obstacles designed specifically to slow down your escape from relentless ZOMBIE horde who are hungry for fresh brains!
A unique endurance challenge along the Thames Path Trail. Start training, pick your charity and set your watch! 100km, 50km, 25km & Team Relay options.
Breast cancer has already taken too many lives. It's time to put an end to it. Help us stop breast cancer for good.
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