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!

Conquer 8 peaks in 2 days!
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Conquer 8 peaks in 2 days!

Register today for just £75

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...

Conquer 4 countries in 5 days!
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Conquer 4 countries in 5 days!

UK, France, Belgium & Netherlands

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!

Burma - The Ultimate Trek
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Burma - The Ultimate Trek

Is 2016 your year?

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...

GE Aviation Welsh 3 Peaks
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GE Aviation Welsh 3 Peaks

Snowdon, Cadair Idris & Pen-y-Fan

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".

Chasing the Sun
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Chasing the Sun

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...

Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 100
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Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 100

2 August 2015

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...

Mudnificent 7

The 7km course will be designed by 7 of the top Obstacle Races in the UK using their most exciting & challenging obstacles to test your strength & stamina through 1km zones. Age 16+.

Richmond Running Festival - Richmond Half Marathon

Londons most exclusive half marathon! The course combines everything great about Richmond; beauty, community, history, fun & takes in the beautiful Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. Age 17+.

Three Peaks Challenge

Climb the highest peaks in Scotland, England & Wales ‘in one go'. These peaks are Ben Nevis, Scafell Pike & Snowdon which you will complete in that order. Aim to complete the mountains in 13 hours.

Isle of Wight Challenge 54km - 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.

Senate House Library Abseil

St. Mungo's Broadway is offering this unique opportunity to abseil down the University of London's Senate House Library which housed the Ministry of Information during World War II. Age 16+.

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