Challenges

Challenges

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!

Mount Cavell Challenge
Featured challenge

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!

Charity bike rides
Event listings

Charity bike rides

So, you want to do something for charity but don’t fancy running, swimming (that’s too cold) or walking (that’s too slow)? Why not try the nation’s new favourite sport and get on two wheels for a charity bike ride?

Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 100
Featured event

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.

Charity treks
Event listings

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.

Trek Peru - Inca Trail

Setting off from the city of Cusco, this adventure leads us along one of the most iconic trails on Earth, to the mystifying ruins of the home of the Incas- Machu Picchu.

London to Brighton Cycle Ride

A 54 mile charity cycle ride from Clapham Common to Brighton sea front with over 3000 cyclists taking part for hundreds of charities - come and join the fun!

Isle of Wight Challenge 106km - walk

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.

Kilimanjaro - Lemosho Route

The Lemosho Trail approaches Mt. Kilimanjaro from the Lemosho glades in the west, beginning in the beautiful rainforest and then crossing the spectacular Shira plateau.

Warrior Run 7km

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+.

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