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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*GET YOUR CHARITY PLACE BY 4 MAY* Start & finish at the Edinburgh Marathon Festival Hub at Dynamic Earth, this beautiful scenic route takes you around Holyrood Park with views of Edinburgh Castle.
A 20km obstacle race at Pippingford Park comprising of mud runs, trail racing, physical & mental challenges with 26 obstacles. Age 14+. Junior race age 5-12 years.
*ONLY £5 TO ENTER* Help support 1000s of deafblind people by cycling the perimeter of the famous Rutland Water reservoir on a tandem! Tandems available. Bicycles welcome too. For all ages.
Take a walk or run with family and friends to help raise money for Target Ovarian Cancer at the beautiful Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in London.
Take the plunge this year and join Team Macmillan as a relay team for our very own 2km sponsored swim at Tooting Bec Lido in London. (Age 18+).
Funding vital research looking for new and better treatments for neuroblastoma, an aggressive childhood cancer.
Information for charities about promoting challenge events on timeoutdoors.