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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A unique endurance challenge along the Thames Path Trail. Start training, pick your charity and set your watch! 100km, 50km, 25km & Team Relay options.
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+).
You can be one of the first 100 people to abseil down Broadgate Tower in 2015. Standing tall at 541 feet, just don’t look down!
Back in 1872 Prince Arthur opened Sefton Park and dedicated it “for the health and enjoyment of the townspeople”. This 235-acre parkland jewel offers a wonderful, traffic-free ‘road’ course. Age 16+.
Voted 'The Fastest Half Marathon Course in the UK' by Athletics Weekly, the course is one of the flattest and fastest around so great for PBs and beginners. Age 17+.
Working in genuine partnership with local communities in Africa, Asia and the UK to secure children’s most basic rights.
Information for charities and challenge organisers about promoting challenge events on timeoutdoors.