Multi-activity challenges

Multi-activity challenges

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.

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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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The Royal Air Force Benevolent Fund
The Royal Air Force Benevolent Fund
Multi-activity 24 hours Multi-activity
Cairngorm Ski Centre and Lossiemouth, Scotland - Highland, UK UK
| Sign up for £35
Cairngorm to Coast is a 24 hour team event and 2015 is the first year it's happening! A 66 mile bike and hike taking place on 23rd and 24th May.
Barnardo's
Barnardo's
Multi-activity 38 miles Multi-activity
Drymen to Killin, Scotland - Central Scotland, UK UK
| Sign up for £125
A fun & challenging event for Barnardo's. Silver challenge involves a walk or run 16 miles from Drymen to Callander followed by 22 mile bike ride to Killin.
Barnardo's
Barnardo's
Multi-activity 55 miles Multi-activity
Drymen to Kenmore, Scotland - Central Scotland, UK UK
| Sign up for £125
A fun & challenging event for Barnardo's. Gold challenge involves a walk or run 16 miles from Drymen to Callander followed by 39 mile bike ride to Kenmore.
Prostate Cancer UK
Prostate Cancer UK
Multi-activity 1 days Multi-activity
Everywhere!, UK UK
| Sign up for free
10,000 men die from prostate cancer every year. We need to change this and need your help. Create a challenge involving the number 10,000 and raise money to fight prostate cancer. All ages.
NSPCC
NSPCC
Multi-activity 1 days Multi-activity
Lake Coniston, Lake District, Cumbria, UK UK
| Sign up for £39
A chance to pit yourself against the spectacular landscapes of the Lake District National Park by bike, kayak and on foot!
Open challenge
Open challenge
Multi-activity 100 miles Multi-activity
Bowness-on-Solway, UK UK
| Sign up for £99
The route leads us through some of England's most spectacular scenery, covering the entire length of the impressive Hadrian's Wall in just 3 days.
Open challenge
Open challenge
Multi-activity 1 days Multi-activity
Lake District, Cumbria, UK UK
| Sign up for £49
The stunning Lake District is one of the UK's best natural adventure playgrounds. This challenge tests your skills and stamina as we set off by bike, canoe and on foot through this fantastic scenery!
Open challenge
Open challenge
Multi-activity 100 miles Multi-activity
Bowness-on-Solway, UK UK
| Sign up for £99
The route leads us through some of England's most spectacular scenery, covering the entire length of the impressive Hadrian's Wall in just 3 days.
UNICEF
UNICEF
Multi-activity 2 days Multi-activity
Isle of Purbeck, Dorset, UK UK
| Sign up for £99
Join us for a weekend of cycling or trekking challenges in the beautiful Dorset countryside to raise money for Unicef while learning more about our work for children.
Open challenge
Open challenge
Multi-activity 100 miles Multi-activity
Bowness-on-Solway, UK UK
| Sign up for £99
The route leads us through some of England's most spectacular scenery, covering the entire length of the impressive Hadrian's Wall in just 3 days.
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