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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. How’s that for starters?

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 below and click through for details of the challenge and charity/charities. You can enter a few basic details in the grey box on the right-hand side of the screen to be instantly emailed further information.
Multi-activity challenges in the UK... 
Level 1 Easy Level 2 Moderate Level 3 Difficult Level 4 Very difficult Level 5 Extreme
Registration fee Registration fee Minimum sponsorship option Minimum sponsorship option Self funder option Self funder option Payment options explained Payment options explained
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13 Sep 2014 10 hours Featured challenge
Coniston Adventure Team Challenge Level 3 Suitable for teams Teams
Multi-activity - Coniston, Cumbria, UK Registration fee £60 Minimum sponsorship option
Your team will conquer the Old Man of Coniston, mountain bike through the forest of Grizedale and kayak on Coniston Water within 10 hours! Followed by an evening of celebrations.
Do this challenge for Guide Dogs for the Blind Association
No date 1 days The 10,000 Challenge Level 1 Suitable for teams Teams Suitable for beginners Beginners Juniors welcome U18s
Multi-activity - Everywhere!, UK Registration fee £0 Minimum sponsorship option
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.
Do this challenge for Prostate Cancer UK
12 Sep 2014 2 days Great Escape Team Challenge Level 2 Suitable for teams Teams
Multi-activity - Cannock Chase, Staffordshire, UK Registration fee £1045 Minimum sponsorship option
Looking for an exciting corporate team-building event? Then look no further. Over 2 days/nights on foot/bike/canoe teams of 4 take on a series of strategic, physical & mental challenges.
Do this challenge for Parkinson's UK
14 Sep 2014 1 days London Duathlon Level 2 Suitable for teams Teams Suitable for beginners Beginners
Duathlon - Richmond Park, London, UK
*ENTER BY 1ST SEPT* Round off your summer training with a Run-Bike-Run in Richmond Park. Choose between 4 challenges; Super-Sprint, Sprint, Classic, Ultra OR the Classic Relay team challenge.
Do this challenge for selected charities
18 Sep 2014 100 miles Hadrian's Wall Cycle-Walk-Cycle Level 2
Multi-activity - Bowness-on-Solway, UK Registration fee £99 Self funder option
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.
Do this challenge for selected charities
09 Oct 2014 100 miles Hadrian's Wall Cycle-Walk-Cycle Level 2
Multi-activity - Bowness-on-Solway, UK Registration fee £99 Self funder option
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.
Do this challenge for selected charities
Multi-activity - Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire, UK Registration fee £1000
This fundraising challenge is designed to enable your team to experience 4 Paralympic sporting events inc Wheelchair Basketball & Hand-cycling & to compete for fabulous prizes.
Do this challenge for Spinal Injuries Association
09 Apr 2015 100 miles Hadrian's Wall Cycle-Walk-Cycle Level 2
Multi-activity - Bowness-on-Solway, UK Registration fee £99 Self funder option
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.
Do this challenge for selected charities
07 May 2015 100 miles Hadrian's Wall Cycle-Walk-Cycle Level 2
Multi-activity - Bowness-on-Solway, UK Registration fee £99 Self funder option
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.
Do this challenge for selected charities
11 Jun 2015 100 miles Hadrian's Wall Cycle-Walk-Cycle Level 2
Multi-activity - Bowness-on-Solway, UK Registration fee £99 Self funder option
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.
Do this challenge for selected charities
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