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 wild & lively mud run great for beginners & seasoned obstacle runners alike. Dodge paint guns, run through rivers & launch yourself down our giant slippery slide! Age 17+.
Join the race to change lives. Cycle through beautiful Warwickshire countryside to raise vital funds for people with Parkinson's. 19m (age 11+), 40m (16+) or 57 miles (age 16+).
This event remains one of the most spectacular with incredible scenery and a challenging bike course. Held in Exmoor National Park. Swim 1.2 miles, Bike 56 miles, Run 13.1 miles. Age 18+.
Trek across the rugged landscapes of Snowdon by moonlight. 21km trek to the summit, reaching the peak by sunrise + celebration lunch.
The ultimate North West trek, traversing the tough, mountainous terrain of the Lake District and conquering 30 peaks in just two days!
No one should have to face cancer alone.
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