Elaine Aronson, timeoutdoors' Challenges Editor, outlines the appeal of taking on a tough physical challenge for a good cause.
We all like to be challenged. That sense of achievement that can only come from surmounting obstacles and realising goals is what makes us feel alive. The difficulty and severity of some challenges, however, means that we sometimes need an extra push to see us triumphantly over the line.
What better way, then, to provide that added boost than the knowledge that we are putting ourselves through considerable strain to raise money for a good cause. When donations to a charity close to your heart are dependent on success, you will find the inner strength to run that extra yard, swim that extra stroke and climb that extra foot. Challenges for charity come in all shapes and sizes and you can find further information below on the following:
Scafell Pike, Helvellyn & Skiddaw are three of the eight 3000ft+ Lake District peaks that you will conquer in just 2 days. Fully-qualified mountain leader, highly experienced safety team, accommodation, meals, transport between the peaks & much more included...
Join team Bowel Cancer UK on their bespoke cycle this September and help save lives. Saddle up and get in gear for this jam-packed, 350 mile adventure, taking you on a journey through the UK, France, Belgium and Netherlands. Celebrate your success in style at the finish line in Amsterdam!
Discover a land of ancient temples, golden pagodas & magnificent monasteries where monks collect alms each morning. This 10-day trek takes place in the Shan Mountains where the cool mountain air, pine forests, beautiful landscape & hill tribe villages make it perfect trekking. For years Burma has remained unexplored by tourists - now is the time to...
Challenge yourself in 2015 by taking on the highest peaks in north, mid & south Wales, all within 15 hours!
Scale Snowdon, Cadair Idris & Pen-y-Fan: a total distance of 20.35 miles & total ascent of 9,397ft (2,864m)! Teams of 4 + designated driver.
“Fantastically organised event".
Pit yourself against the clock and the spectacular landscapes of the Lake District on 30th May 2015.
Start at the crack of dawn with mountain biking in the beautiful Grizedale Forest, then take to Lake Coniston for a three-mile kayak followed by a hike up the iconic peak of the Old Man of...
Ballot entries are now closed - so the main way to enter "The London Marathon on Wheels" is by getting a charity place.
Here you will find charities who have places, their cause & what benefits they offer their cyclists. Plus some are offering FREE registration...
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Conquer the UK's highest mountain for Breast Cancer Campaign! Fantastic package including qualified mountain leaders, 2 nights B&B, meals and more...
Looking for an adrenaline packed day guaranteed to challenge you and push you to your limits? Then this is the event for you!
Climb the three tallest peaks in England, Scotland and Wales within one weekend! Mountain guides, transport, accommodation & t-shirt included.
From Cowes towards the Needles & right around the Isle's stunning coastal path. A Bank Holiday weekend to remember! Walk, jog or run either 106km, 54km or 32km.
Climb the highest mountain in the UK by torch and moonlight in time to experience the sunrise from the summit.
Helping children experience what life has to offer.
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