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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Take on the South Coast’s toughest run! Choose from a 7km, 14km or 21km course, with over 30 obstacles per 7km lap. Age 18+.
Inspired by Stephen Sutton and at the request of his family, Teenage Cancer Trust is organising a huge world-record breaking skydiving event this summer. Age 16+.
*ENTER BY 12 JULY* The world's largest & most iconic triathlon. 4 distances: Super Sprint, Sprint, Olympic & Olympic Plus. Individual/team. Age 17+. (Youth triathlon age 15/16).
*ENTER BY 29TH MAY* Home to 1000s of acres of the UKs thickest woodlands, Boughton Houses log obstacles are some of the worlds most brutal. Featuring tons of natural water obstacles. Age 18+.
A great summers day cycling - London through the Chilterns to Oxford & raise money for Prostate Cancer Research. Live music, refreshments & beer tent. Bike ride min. age is 14.
Scope exists to make this country a place where disabled people have the same opportunities as everyone else.
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