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:

  • Charity runs - including fun runs, 10K runs, half marathons and marathons in the UK and overseas
  • UK charity challenges - all UK challenges including walks, 3 Peaks challenges, bike rides, skydives, swims, triathlons, abseils and more
  • Overseas charity challenges - all overseas challenges including overseas runs, treks, bike rides, extreme challenges and more
  • Fundraising advice - get some fundraising ideas
  • Charity listings - find a good cause to benefit from your fundraising
Charity challenge ideas are not in short supply, enabling you to pick something that you enjoy doing and play to your strengths. Alternatively, why not try something completely different, something you have never done before - and really push yourself outside of your comfort zone? After all, is a charity challenge really a challenge if you’re not left breathless, exhausted and ecstatic at the end?

The organisations in need of money are numerous, and the possibilities and ways of raising that money are endless so get out there and get going!

Edinburgh to London Cycle Ride 2015
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Edinburgh to London Cycle Ride 2015

25% OFF deposit in January

This event has it all - two great capital cities, the perfect physical challenge with five days of cycling and it takes in sections of the Tour de France route in Yorkshire and Cambridgshire!

25% off the deposit until the 31st January. Enter discount code E2LJAN25.

Mount Cavell Challenge
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Mount Cavell Challenge

22-29 August 2015

A week of adventure centred around Mount Edith Cavell in Jasper National Park, Canada. The challenge is open to all and the week will be tailor made to suit the individual with activities including kayaking, white water rafting, mountain biking, rock climbing and the ultimate challenge - an ascent of Mount Edith Cavell. Something for everyone!

Chasing the Sun
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Chasing the Sun

Multi-activity challenge in the Lake District

A chance to pit yourself against the spectacular landscapes of the Lake District National Park by bike, kayak and on foot!

Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 100
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Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 100

2 August 2015

Celebrating the legacy for cycling created by the 2012 Olympics, this event follows a 100-mile route on closed roads through the capital & into Surreys stunning countryside.

Ballot now closed - the only way to get a place is from a charity. Apply now for your place!

Overseas charity treks
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Overseas charity treks

Charity treks are the perfect excuse and opportunity to explore somewhere new. Whether it’s a trek in the Himalayas, a mountain and/or desert challenge in Morocco or a jungle trek in Borneo, there’s a place and an experience to suit everyone.

Lake District 5 Peaks Challenge

A weekend hill-walking challenge taking on 5 of the Lake District's toughest peaks including Scafell Pike - England's highest mountain. Stunning views over the Lake District.

Pink Ribbonwalk - Blenheim Palace

Blenheim Palace provides a stunning base for a walk. Enjoy woodland trails & picturesque Oxfordshire villages as well as the best of the Cotswold’s splendid rural scenery.

Yorkshire Three Peaks and Valleys - 15 mile Valleys route

Help hearts in 2015 by joining Heart Research UK in this new walking challenge in the heart of the beautiful Yorkshire Dales National Park. Free registration.

Cycle London to Paris Tour de France Grand Finale

Take on this fantastic challenge linking one iconic European capital city to another, covering roughly 420km in 4 days, in time to watch the Tour de France finale!

Morrisons Great Manchester Run

Europe's biggest 10k featuring a great course, bands, charity village, activities & entertainment. Live on BBC TV. Age 15+. Includes 2k mini run (age 3-8) & 2m junior run (age 9-15).


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